Ole Miss commit Shea Patterson, who is rated the nation’s No. 1 QB, could not watch the first quarter of Saturday night’s game against Alabama because he was in Times Square eating dinner with his family and could not get back to his hotel until the second quarter. However, by the end of the SEC thriller, he was so fired up that he wanted to jump through his TV and strap on a helmet and pads.
“It was wild watching it,” Patterson told the AJC’s SECCountry.com. “I thought Ole Miss was the better team, clearly. I thought their offense executed well. Overall, I thought we had better players.”
“I just wanted to jump out of my chair and put on a uniform right now and get out there.”
Once Patterson glued his eyes on his TV, the 5-star from IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) paid special attention to Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly. Despite a future quarterback competition once Patterson arrives on campus, the recruit was nothing but complimentary of Kelly’s performance.
“I thought he did great,” Patterson said. “Obviously, what he’s gone through and to play in a hostile environment like that – I thought he did a terrific job.”
Patterson has not had a chance to speak with Kelly or the coaches since the big Rebels win, but he has a phone call scheduled for Monday morning with coach Hugh Freeze and Ole Miss quarterbacks coach Dan Werner.
One topic of conversation that is sure to come up is how big of a statement win that was for the Ole Miss program. Patterson believes that the Rebels are one of the best college football teams in the country.
“I know Ole Miss didn’t really play anyone before the Alabama game, but I definitely think they made a huge statement that they are not playing around,” he said. “They are definitely one of the top programs in the country right now.”
A win over Alabama is sure to raise eyebrows from recruits around the country. Reportedly, over 60 recruits were in attendance for the game. Patterson thinks Saturday’s win will attract more highly ranked recruits to join him.
“I think a lot of recruits are aware of Ole Miss, but I don’t think they know the rise we are on right now,” Patterson said. “I think last night opened their eyes some and showed how real of a team they are. I think this win will definitely boost are 2016 recruiting class.”