College football coaches and recruiting junkies will be on the edge of their seats Tuesday as Calvary quarterback Shea Patterson will announce his college choice.
Patterson, whom Scout.com ranked as the No. 1 quarterback prospect and No. 7 overall prospect in the 2016 class, has more than 25 scholarship offers to choose from.
The announcement is scheduled for noon at Calvary, and The Times will live stream the Patterson’s decision at shreveporttimes.com.
Ole Miss, Southern Cal and LSU are thought to be near the top of Patterson’s list, but other top offers include Alabama, Auburn, Arizona, Notre Dame, Texas, Oklahoma and Texas A&M.
“Playing time is huge. But I really want to go in with a coaching staff that I can work with and have good relationships with,” Patterson said in an early February interview with The Times. “I want to be comfortable with a quarterbacks coach that I work with day in and day out.
“Is it comfortable in all aspects from the atmosphere to inside the football offices to the offense? I want to go somewhere that’s going to get me the most NFL ready.”
Mike Farrell, the national recruiting analyst for Rivals.com, believes Ole Miss is the leader.
“I think he’s been leaning to Ole Miss for quite some time,” Farrell said Monday in a interview with USA TODAY High School Sports. “He has a comfort level with them.”
Patterson’s commitment isn’t binding until he signs a national letter of intent. He’s expected to graduate high school in December and enroll in college for the spring semester, which would allow him to sign in late fall.
Patterson, a five-star quarterback, originally committed to Arizona as a freshman but re-opened his recruiting process in the summer before his junior season.
One piece of Patterson’s decision could be influenced by older brother Sean Patterson. Arizona hired Sean Patterson as a graduate assistant after Shea’s commitment before Sean took an offensive quality control coaching position at LSU.
Multiple media reports suggest Sean Patterson is expected to take some type of offensive job at Ole Miss, but father Sean Patterson disputed those reports, saying this past week that nothing has happened yet.
Shea Patterson has said in an interview this past summer that he would love to come under the tutelage of his older brother again — who served as his personal quarterbacks coach growing up — but he stressed that his brother’s employer certainly won’t be the only factor he considers.
Shea Patterson said this summer after his Arizona decommitment that his older brother’s move to LSU didn’t have anything to do with his decision.
As a junior, Patterson threw for 2,428 yards with 38 touchdowns to three interceptions while leading Calvary to its second straight Division III title.
Patterson excels in the pocket, but his also athletic enough to extend plays outside of the pocket and scramble when needed.
“Shea can do a lot of things to keep the play alive, moving around and playing on the run,” Farrell said. “Shea sees field better when he’s outside the pocket. He’s getting bigger and taller. He’s gone from barely 6 foot and a legit 6-2 filled out kid.”
The Patterson Decision
• When : Today at noon
• Where : Calvary
• Watch it live : shreveporttimes.com