From start to finish, 2016 Shreveport (La.) Calvary Baptist Academy four-star quarterback Shea Patterson’s sophomore season was quite the journey.
Transferring in just prior to camp, Patterson and his teammates went through some ups and downs early with a tough schedule, eventually rebounding to finish the season 9-4.
“We actually ended up winning the state championship last year,” Patterson said. “I played my freshman year in south Texas and my dad got a job in Louisiana and wound up at Calvary Baptist Academy.
“I didn’t get there until late over the summer so it was kind of like a quarterback battle between me and another kid and that lasted throughout the summer. I didn’t get too familiar with the offense by week one and our first five games were against some of the best teams in Louisiana.”
Proving himself against some of the state’s best, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound quarterback picked up significant interest from major college football programs this spring, including Michigan.
“My coach sent my film to a couple of schools and Michigan was one of them,” Patterson said. “They contacted me earlier in the spring and told me they wanted to get out there and see me throw and that’s when Coach Jackson came around.
“But that’s how the contact started with me and Michigan. My first time talking to Coach Nussmeier was the other day.”
During that initial conversation, Patterson received some pretty good news from the Wolverines first year offensive coordinator.
“About two days ago I called Coach Nussmeier and talked to him for a while,” Patterson said. “I told him I was serious about Michigan and he offered me (a scholarship) over the phone.”
For Patterson, the offer was not only exciting from a football perspective, but also on a personal level after growing up in nearby Toledo.
“It was awesome,” he said. “It’s a huge offer for me. I actually grew up 30 or 40 minutes from Ann Arbor so that was great.
“My mom and dad were actually season ticket holders when I lived in Ohio and my dad was a huge Michigan fan back then. I still have a lot of family up there so, getting that offer, it’d be cool to play in front of them.”
Upon hearing the news in the car with his older brother, a graduate assistant at Arizona, the school Patterson is verbally committed to, he had to let his parents know who were obviously a little fired up.
“My dad has so many friends up there that are huge Michigan fans so the first thing he did was call his buddies and tell them,” Patterson said. “They were all really excited about it and ecstatic about it so he was calling everyone and their mother.”
Though Patterson’s conversation with Doug Nussmeier was brief, the two did delve into quite a few different topics, ending the call knowing there is definite mutual interest.
“He sounded like a great guy over the phone and the conversation probably lasted about five minutes,” he said. “But he just wanted to know what my interest in Michigan was and how serious my commitment to Arizona was and I told him I was open to anything and just trying to take this recruiting process slow and enjoy everything.
“At the end of the day, I just want to make the best decision possible for me and I definitely want to get up there this summer.”
Patterson won’t wait long to get up to Michigan, also making an unofficial visit to Notre Dame on the trip in just a few weeks.
“Notre Dame offered me a few weeks ago so I’m going out there and then I’m going to make my way over to Michigan,” Patterson said. “I think that’s June 20 maybe so I’m definitely going to get out there and visit both campuses.”