Patterson Working On Others

Five-star quarterback and Ole Miss commitment Shea Patterson made his second visit to Oxford in as many weeks Saturday afternoon.


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And he wasn’t alone.

Patterson said upon announcing for the Rebels in mid-February he was going to become the Rebels biggest recruiter. He’s holding true to his word, bringing with him to campus four-star linebacker Devin White and four-star cornerback Shyheim Carter – an Alabama pledge.

Patterson said he and White picked Carter in Jackson, Miss., and arrived last night.

“Two of the best right now,” he said. “No. 1 linebacker in the country (Devin White). Shyheim’s committed to Alabama right now, but I think that’s going to change soon.”

Scout.com ranks the 5-foot-11, 184-pound Carter, from Kentwood, La., as the nation’s No. 68 overall prospect and the No. 5 cornerback. The 6-foot-2, 260-pound White, of Springhill, La., is the No. 3 inside linebacker.

“It was a good time coming up here,” Patterson said. “The three of us haven’t really hung out before. Our relationship just started clicking right away. We had a good time last night on the Square, enjoying the spring game today.”

Patterson is, obviously, solid in his commitment. He’s currently focused on adding weight and a summer filled with 7-on-7 tournaments. The Shreveport, La., product currently stands 6-foot-2, 198. His goal is to be “a solid 205, 210” entering next season, and “running a 4.4, 4.5” 40-yard dash.

He’ll play 7-on-7 with a few fellow Ole Miss commitments, including five-star wide receiver D.K. Metcalf, three-star wide receiver Daniel Crowell and four-star tight end Octavious Cooley.

“D.K., he’s going to be on it. He’s a big get for us, big guy to go up and get the fade ball,” Patterson said. “Daniel Crowell actually played with us the other weekend. We went to Tennessee and he really lit it up. We’ve got really good chemistry. We haven’t even really met each other before, but we started clicking on the field. That’s good. We were going to pick Octavious up, but something happened. He had family problems and couldn’t go. Looking forward to meeting him.

“Just getting that chemistry even before you step on campus is a big deal. It’s a tremendous advantage. It’s great.”

Patterson is one of 11 commitments in the recruiting class of 2016, with seven ranked as four-star-or-better prospects.


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