Michigan is expecting to host Shea Patterson and two other potential Ole Miss transfers this weekend, according to ESPN’s Tom VanHaaren and Sports Illustrated’s Bruce Feldman.
Confirmed that Michigan is expecting Ole Miss potential transfers, Shea Patterson, Deontay Anderson and Van Jefferson, to visit this weekend. Jim Harbaugh met with Anderson today, outside of Ann Arbor, and is expecting Anderson on campus this weekend…. https://t.co/ck50xsdZou
— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) December 5, 2017
Some big recruiting news: #Michigan is expecting to host talented #OleMiss QB Shea Patterson & OM safety Deontay Anderson on official visits this weekend, source tells me. And there might be more Rebels visiting Ann Arbor as well.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 5, 2017
Patterson was mentioned as a candidate to transfer from the Rebels last week, and safety Deontay Anderson had a picture with Jim Harbaugh on his snapchat at what appeared to be an IHOP on Tuesday:
Not sure if this is IHOP, or something else. Either way, it’s from Deontay Anderson pic.twitter.com/3UvN9Fes9j
— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) December 5, 2017
Oh, and there’s also this picture of a Michigan airplane by an Ole Miss reporter:
This should make the Internet fun for a minute pic.twitter.com/YmCdTMnQm5
— Chase Parham (@RivalsChase) December 5, 2017
Here’s Land of 10’s Rachel Lenzi on what Patterson, a former 5-star recruit and the No. 4 overall recruit in the Class of 2016, would bring to Michigan:
If Patterson joins the Wolverines, it’s an immediate addition of experience — a vital dimension for Michigan’s 2018 quarterbacks.
Patterson, a sophomore, has averaged 313.9 yards passing in 10 games over the last two seasons at Ole Miss. He’s mobile, athletic and accurate, with the capability of making big plays through long throws. He averaged 13.6 yards per pass in seven games this season with the Rebels, and he passed for at least 350 yards in five of his seven starts, before a torn ligament in his right knee ended his season in October.
He’s also a potential NFL draft pick. Walterfootball.com projects Patterson as a first-round selection in 2019. He was the No. 1 quarterback recruit in the Class of 2016. From Shreveport, La., Patterson attended IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., for his senior season.
Jefferson and Anderson are no slouches, either. Both were 4-star recruits, Jefferson in the Class of 2015 and Anderson in 2016. Jefferson, a wide receiver, had 42 catches for 456 yards in 2017. Anderson, a safety, sat out 2017 following the team’s self-imposed bowl ban.
The NCAA announced sanctions for Ole Miss last week, including a bowl ban for 2018. Patterson was soon connected to Michigan in a report from 247Sports, which called Michigan the favorite if he does decided to leave Ole Miss. Players have to receive permission from their school to transfer, but that doesn’t appear to be an issue here.
Faced with major backlash from players and parents seeking to transfer but facing school-enforced restrictions, Ole Miss reversed course and lifted limitations on football transfers this afternoon. Story to come.
— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) December 5, 2017