Just a few day after Ole Miss 2016 quarterback commit Shea Patterson won the Elite 11 MVP award at Nike’s The Opening in Oregon, he announced that he would be spending his final season of high school football a few states away from his home in Louisiana.
Patterson will be transferring to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida for his senior season. This comes as sort a shock to Calvary Baptist in Shereveport, Patterson’s former high school that he led to back-to-back Division III state titles.
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Last season with Calvary Baptist, Patterson was nearly flawless, completing sixty-five percent of his passes for 2,428 yard, thirty-eight touchdowns, and just three interceptions. His sophomore season was equally as successful with sixty-two percent of his passes going for 2,655 yards, thirty-four touchdowns, and only four interceptions.
IMG Academy, a private athletic training institute in Florida, only just began fielding a high school football team in 2013. With former Florida State star quarterback leading the team camps, they have already found some success in the rough-and-tumble world that is Florida high school football.
The team will open its season against Miramar on August 30. The entire nation will get the chance to see Patterson play as the game will be televised on ESPNU as part of GEICO’s ESPN High School Kickoff.
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