Package Deal?

SHREVEPORT, La. - Five-star quarterback Shea Patterson announced his commitment to Ole Miss to a full room at Calvary Baptist Academy on Tuesday.

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Four-star linebacker Devin White was among those in attendance.

White, of Springhill, La., made the nearly one-hour drive south to support his good friend, Patterson, who White said he’s developed a close relationship with over the last few years.

The pair talk frequently about possibly playing together in college. With Patterson at Ole Miss, the focus now shifts to White, ranked as the No. 180 overall prospect in the country and the No. 7 middle linebacker by

“Ever since we became close we’ve talked about how we can go make our own team in college,” White said. “We can build a dynasty somewhere and compete for a national championship. It’s a real thing. If it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen. We’ll still be friends wherever I go. But we could end up together, that’s the good thing.

“I told him that I’d support him wherever he goes. We kind of want to play together, if we can make that happen. We possibly could, it just depends on how my recruitment ends. I’m taking it slow right now.”

White is rated a four-star prospect by

Like Patterson, the 6-foot-2, 223-pound White is a member of the recruiting class of 2016. He holds offers from all over, though he named Ole Miss, Alabama, LSU, Arkansas and Texas A&M as the schools currently recruiting him the hardest.

“There’s a couple other schools that haven’t made their way to me yet that I’d like to look at,” he said, “but those are the schools that have been recruiting me the hardest and that I’m kind of focusing on more. They’re the ones that are really recruiting me.”

Ole Miss certainly has a need at linebacker. The Rebels graduated veterans D.T. Shackelford, Serderius Bryant and Keith Lewis following last season. Only nine linebackers make up the current roster, two of which are seniors.

“Even before Shea told me he was going to Ole Miss, they’ve been up there high with me because they want me to come in and be an impact player as a freshman,” White said. “That’s something I look forward to, and that’s a good family down there. They’re about Christianity, too, and I like that.

“They stand real high with me, and this makes them even higher because he committed there and me and him talk about playing together in the future.”

White said Ole Miss has made him its No. 1 priority at linebacker. However, other schools have recruited White as a running back. He rushed for 2,287 yards and 30 touchdowns as a junior for North Webster High School.

“They’re talking both,” White said. “But I’m kind of leaning towards the defensive side to everybody as far as longer playing time in the NFL, higher draft pick, linebackers going higher than running backs and bigger salaries. So I think I’ll play defense.

“(Ole Miss) told me they want me on some third-down packages, so I’ll still be able to tote the ball a little bit. It doesn’t make a difference as long as I’m on the field.”

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