Signee Spotlight: Javon Patterson

Over the coming weeks, the Ole Miss Spirit will roll out a comprehensive breakdown of each 2015 Rebel signee. Today, we take a look at four-star OL Javon Patterson.

Javon Patterson
Offensive Lineman
Scout Rating: ****
Scout Rank: 5 (85 on Scout 300)
Size: 6-3, 313
Hometown: (Petal)
Petal, MS
Stats: 5.06 40
Projected position at OM: Offensive Guard

Accolades: HIGH SCHOOL: Selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl … Named to the MaxPreps All-America second team … Rated a 5-star prospect by and a 4-star prospect by all the other major recruiting services … Listed as the No. 32 overall prospect by, No. 73 by, No. 85 … Listed as the No. 1 offensive guard by, No. 3 by and No. 6 by … Listed as the top prospect in Mississippi by, No. 2 by and No. 3 … Anchored the offensive line for four years, helping Petal to a 39-15 record and a 6-4 mark in the playoffs, including a Class 6A South State Championship in 2011 and a South State runner-up in 2012 … 2014 Class 6A All-State first team pick … Member of The Clarion-Ledger’s Dandy Dozen … Listed as the top prospect on The Clarion-Ledger’s Targeted 22 … Participated in The Opening, Nike’s elite recruiting combine … Participated in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game … Coached in high school by Marcus Boyles.

Recruiting Competition: In addition to Ole Miss, Patterson received additional attention from a number of colleges across the country. among others, Alabama, Florida, LSU, Miami (Fla.), Tennessee and North Carolina. He had offers from most of the schools in the Southeastern Conference. By late fall he had narrowed it down to three schools that he would choose from – Ole Miss, Mississippi State, and Auburn.

Quotable: “I want to get faster and get better. I want to be the best I can be. It's important as you're developing to keep everything in front of you and keep moving ahead. I want to improve on my grades too. I have good grades now, but I can do better. I can do better in everything. It basically came down to where I felt most at home. I’ve always had that feeling when I’m at Ole Miss. My relationship with (Ole Miss head) coach (Hugh) Freeze and (offensive line) coach (Matt) Luke was also a big factor. They’re great people, great encouragers and they’re great coaches. I like the way they took the initiative with me. It just feels great.”

Scouting Report: Javon Patterson is a tackle in high school, but a move to guard is likely on the next level. He has good feet and he can move in space, but his size/frame is part of the interior OL projection. He can get to the second level and looks good on the move. He shows good balance and he is a natural bender. He can play high at times. His technique will improve on the next level as will his strength. He has the nasty streak you like.

Coach Hugh Freeze Quote: “Javon is quickly becoming one of my favorite players. He could be Class President here with his personality, but we also know he’s going to be an outstanding football player. I love him and glad we have him here for spring ball.”

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