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The trickle-down effect of Shea Patterson
The speculation of quarterback Shea Patterson transferring from Mississippi to Michigan has now become a full-fledged commitment. Patterson announced via Twitter on Monday afternoon that he will be transferring to Michigan, putting him in competition with Brandon Peters and Dylan McCaffrey for the starting job should the NCAA grant him a waiver and allow him immediate playing eligibility.
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Each could be headed for redshirt seasons, former Michigan running back and current college football analyst Chris Howard told Land of 10.
“Development will help them out tremendously,” Howard said. “Life on college campuses. Making the transition from high school football star to a freshman on campus who has to earn his way. That’s a whole other transition. If you can spend 1-2 years developing and learning a system, and getting your body right, learning how college life is, making that transition, that can only help them.”
Milton, from Orlando, Fla., is a 4-star prospect per the 247Sports composite rankings, while Doyle is rated a 3-star prospect. The latter was named Gatorade Player of the Year for the District of Columbia after leading St. John’s College High School to its first Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship since 1989. Doyle threw for 2,635 yards and 22 touchdowns for the Cadets this season.
— Hudl (@Hudl) December 11, 2017
Anytime anyone has asked Milton about his commitment to Michigan, whether it was after Doyle announced his decision in September or since the Patterson speculation began, he has affirmed his choice of the Wolverines. Milton told Land of 10 “No. I’m all good,” when asked 10 days ago if the then-rumors of Patterson transferring would change his mind.
Milton received an in-home visit from Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh last week. On Monday he sent out a message via Twitter again affirming his intention to sign with Michigan.
One thing my beautiful mom taught me is to never run from anything 〽️🏈🤫💯 #DontSleepOnMe
— Joe milton #7 (@Qbjayy7) December 11, 2017
Milton plans on signing his national letter of intent on Dec. 20 and enrolling in January so he can participate in offseason workouts and spring practices.
Michigan’s Dream Team
Defensive end Aidan Hutchinson of Dearborn Divine Child and tackle Jalen Mayfield of Grand Rapids Catholic Central were among the honorees Sunday night at the Dearborn Inn for the National Football Foundation State of Michigan annual banquet. Hutchinson, Mayfield and fellow 2018 Michigan commit Ryan Hayes of Traverse City West were named to the Detroit Free Press 2017 Dream Team, an all-state selection of players regardless of school size. Hayes was unable to attend the event.
Hutchinson is the son of former Michigan captain Chris Hutchinson and he helped Divine Child reach the Division 3 regional finals. Mayfield helped lead GRCC to its second consecutive Division 4 state title.
All three players plan on signing their letters of intent in December, but they will not be enroll early.
Michigan loses out on 1 top target, focuses on others
Michigan had hoped to sway 4-star athlete Bryan Addison of Gardena (Calif.) Junipero Serra away from the West Coast but Addison instead chose UCLA on Sunday night. Addison, ranked as the No. 79 overall prospect in the Class of 2018, was one of Michigan’s top targets but his decision to stay close to home did not come as a surprise to the Wolverines staff.
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