After another successful recruiting class, head coach Hugh Freeze and the Ole Miss Rebels are already making headlines across the nation for the 2016 class.
Calvary Christian (Shreveport, LA) quarterback Shea Patterson chose the Rebels over the LSU Tigers and USC Trojans. His commitment is huge for the Rebels and will likely spark the interest of many talented offensive prospects who may have overlooked Ole Miss thus far.
After visiting Oxford in November when the Rebels lost a heartbreaker to the Auburn Tigers, Patterson felt Ole Miss was the best fit.
“Usually when I go to a game, I try to visualize myself playing for them,” Patterson stated. “That’s the one school where I thought for sure this is the place. It might have been a little after the Auburn game that I knew that was the place for me.”
LSU fans are surely disappointed that Patterson will not be a Tiger, but the talented junior does not have any hard feelings against the Tigers.
“I love LSU and I love all their fans,” Patterson said. “The majority of my friends are LSU friends so it’s kinda tough. I love them all around. I love Death Valley. I just really couldn’t see myself playing there. I didn’t think it was a good fit for me at the time.”
According to Rivals.com, Patterson is the No. 3 overall player in the 2016 class and No. 1 rated quarterback prospect in the country.
Shea’s older brother, Sean, is expected to be added onto the Rebels’ coaching staff in the near future.
Head coach Hugh Freeze is known to be one of the best recruiters in the country, but pulling in Patterson out of the state of Louisiana may be his best job yet.
After being sought after by almost every major program in America, Shea is looking to help the staff recruit.
“I am planning on joining the No. 1 recruiting class in the country. I will recruit for them. Ole Miss all the way. Hotty Toddy.”
*Section Photo credit to Joe Robbins, Getty Images; Featured Photo (above) credit to WWLV.com.