Shea Patterson Shares Why Ole Miss Stood Out

    Shea Patterson opens up on his commitment to Ole Miss and why he chose the Rebels.

    January 5, 2016

    Elite quarterback recruit Shae Patterson talks U.S. Army All-American Bowl and why he chose Ole Miss.

    Ole Miss fans might not have gotten the national championship they were expecting when the 2015 season began, but they will get a chance to watch three Rebels potentially get selected in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Robert Nkemdiche, Laremy Tunsil and Laquon Treadwell are all expected to be selected fairly quickly.

    But let’s not focus on players leaving Oxford, Miss. Let’s pay attention to the ones still there — or better yet, the ones coming in.

    Ole Miss has the No. 6 recruiting class in the 2016 cycle right now (per 247Sports Composite) with 20 total commits, and one of those commits is 5-star quarterback Shea Patterson from the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

    At 6-foot-1 and 192 pounds, Patterson has a strong arm, pinpoint accuracy and a unique playmaking ability. He’s the kind of quarterback head coach Hugh Freeze can build around at Ole Miss, and right now he’s in San Antonio, Texas getting ready to play in the 2016 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

    Campus Insiders’ Ray Crawford sat down with Patterson, who’s ranked as the No. 2 pro-style quarterback and No. 5 overall player in the nation, to discuss the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and what stood out about the Rebels.

    When asked about playing in the all-star showcase, the 5-star quarterback was very humble.

    “It means a lot,” Patterson said. “It’s awesome to see how much your hard work’s paid off. You know, I know a lot of guys are just as much as deserving as I am in this thing we got going here.”

    He opened up about the scheme the Rebels run, and why he felt at home in Oxford.

    “The thing I like about Hugh Freeze’s program at Ole Miss is just the awesome people they have there,” he said. “I love the offense that they run. It’s similar to what we run at my high school at IMG, and I just feel like it’s going to be a smooth transition. I’m anxious to get there in the Spring [semester],” Patterson said.

    And what most people don’t know is his brother, Sean Patterson, is an associate director of recruiting operations for Ole Miss. That made it an even more attractive situation.

    “It was a huge factor. We decided, when the recruiting process started in 8th grade, freshman year, that we both wanted to end up at the same school,” he said.

    With five other quarterbacks set to be on the roster next year — barring transfer — Patterson likely won’t beat out Chad Kelly for the starting spot as a freshman.

    But the future in Oxford is definitely bright, and it all lies in Patterson’s right arm.

    MORE: U.S. Army All-American Bowl Roster


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