It’s official– Shea Patterson will be transferring from Ole Miss.
The former 5-star quarterback announced his decision to leave the Rebels in favor of Michigan via a heartfelt Twitter message on Monday afternoon.
“Thank you to the wonderful people, teammates and coaches at Ole Miss,” Patterson wrote. “It is a special place and I will always have great memories of my experiences in Oxford. I am now excited to announce my commitment to continue to my athletic and academic career at The University of Michigan. It’s time to go to work. #GoBlue”
The move came after Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh pressed hard for a commitment from the talented QB, both visiting Oxford and bringing Patterson to Ann Arbor for an on campus visit. Fellow Rebels Deontay Anderson and Van Jefferson were also on the visit.
Landof10.com’s Tolly Taylor details what went down here:
Michigan hosted Mississippi transfer Shea Patterson on campus this weekend, along with safety Deontay Anderson and wideout Van Jefferson. The Wolverines will hope to sign Patterson, in particular, during a 72-hour window spanning Dec. 20-22, in which schools and players can end the recruiting process and formalize their relationships.
If Patterson wants to compete for the Wolverines in 2018, he’ll have to be granted an individual waiver. The NCAA requires transfer players to sit out a season.
Patterson, who was recruited to Ole Miss by former coach Hugh Freeze, ends his time in Oxford with 3,139 passing yards and 23 touchdown passes through portions of two seasons. Patterson was rushed into duty as a true freshman following former Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly’s knee injury in the second-half of the 2016 season.
Patterson himself suffered an injury that cut short his 2017 season at Ole Miss. In his place, Rebels QB Jordan Ta’amu showed promise as the team’s leader by completing 66.5 percent of his passes for 1,682 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also won over fans by leading Ole Miss to an Egg Bowl victory to end the season.
Patterson is leaving Oxford after the NCAA announced further sanctions on the Ole Miss football program, including scholarship reductions and additional bowl bans. The Rebels endured a self-imposed bowl ban for the 2017 season, leaving the 6-6 team at home in spite of having the wins necessary to participate.