Shea Patterson has become a popular name in recent days with reports that he and several teammates are looking to transfer out of the Ole Miss program amid NCAA sanctions that will affect the program for the foreseeable future.
It has been reported that the transfer-seeking quarterback Patterson, along with some of his Ole Miss teammates in Van Jefferson and Deontay Anderson, will be taking official visits to Ann Arbor this weekend. This comes after head coach Jim Harbaugh was spotted dining with Anderson on Tuesday afternoon.
Maize n Brew has been able to gather up some more info about Patterson’s visit in light of the recent reports, and it sounds like the chances of Patterson wearing Maize and Blue next season are higher than some may believe heading into this visit.
Sources close to the situation say they believe that Patterson’s visit to Ann Arbor this weekend is a formality and, should his visit go through without any speed-bumps, the chances of him committing to Michigan are very high.
Another source familiar with the process added, "Everyone I’ve talked to firmly believes it will happen.”
Others have told me that the chances of Patterson and his teammates winning an appeal, allowing them to be eligible to play immediately, are very good. However, there still are a few hurdles to get over as it pertains to the legal system (which we will discuss at length in a different post).
Patterson, who would be entering his junior season, was a five-star recruit and the top-ranked pro-style quarterback in the Class of 2016, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
We will have more on this situation as it develops or if any other information becomes available. But for now, what seemed like a pipe dream just days ago could be something that comes to fruition as we move through the next week or so.