You can never have enough quarterbacks on a roster, and Michigan may be landing a transfer quarterback in the near future. Ole Miss has been hit hard with sanctions for their recruiting scandal, and it sounds like a bunch of players now want to transfer elsewhere, among them is Sophomore quarterback Shea Patterson.
Sam Webb reported last night that a source told him Michigan is in play for Patterson. Ole Miss sanction guidelines are allowing seniors to transfer and play immediately, while younger class-men will have to wait a year before being eligible to play. Patterson would have to wait a year to play, but this is a fluid situation when it comes to the sanctions imposed, lawyers are likely to get involved and challenge the NCAA in hopes of them allowing younger players such as Patterson to transfer without sitting out a season.
Webb’s report is interesting, but what’s even more interesting is who Patterson has followed on Twitter recently:
I know it’s just a “rumor” at the moment but take a look at who Shea Patterson recently followed on twitter... For those who don’t know him, he was a 5 QB and was ranked #3 overall in the class... pic.twitter.com/B18RzZVeUZ— UofmUpdates247 (@UofmUpdates247) December 1, 2017
Obviously he needs to follow MaizeNBrew, but that aside, Patterson following Harbaugh, Gary, Peters, Walker, and Crawford makes me wonder if the main choice for Patterson is Michigan if he transfers.
This may be the Brandon Peters/Dylan McCaffrey era, but that’s still not enough. Michigan could have used three quality quarterbacks this year, injuries happen, getting a player like Patterson in the fold would only be a positive for quarterback depth.
It doesn’t hurt that Patterson wanted to play for Michigan to begin with:
Shea Patterson: “I had dreams of playing in the Big House.”— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) May 30, 2017
Now he is at a program in shambles and if he gets out he could have a chance to play in the Big House.
Patterson has shown flashes of brilliance in his two years at Ole Miss, while also forcing the football and making questionable decisions. He’s far from a finished product but the upside he possesses is just about undeniable. In 2017, Patterson completed 63.8 of his passes for 2,259 yards with 17 touchdowns and 9 interceptions.
This story could prove to be pointless or the other extreme, right on the money and Patterson ends up wearing Maize and Blue. The answer will be clear by the time it’s 2018.