Ole Miss commit Shea Patterson, the top-rated dual-threat quarterback in the country according to Rivals and the No. 2 pro style quarterback according to 247Sports.com’s composite rankings, will leave Calvary Baptist Academy in Shreveport, La., for his senior season.
He plans to finish his high school career at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. before enrolling at Ole Miss after the fall semester.
The news comes just a month after IMG announced that QB Malik Henry would not be returning to the team. He hasn’t announced where he’ll finish his high school football career, but Henry says that he plans to stay close to his Westlake Village, Calif., home.
IMG coach Kevin Wright said Patterson should fit right in, even though he wasn’t there for IMG’s spring practices.
“When I heard he might be interested, I did a little research on him,” Wright said. “From outward appearances, when you see him play, he’s the real deal. But I found he’s also a tremendous student and a good kid. He’s got all the tangibles from what I understand. I think that he’ll be a good complement to the kids we have on the team now.”
Though Patterson is listed as a dual-threat quarterback by Rivals, most scouting services consider him more a pro-style quarterback. Wright said his job is to make sure the offense fits Patterson’s strengths.
“I think your system has to be adjustable based on what you have,” Wright said. “I think we will adjust a little bit with Shea. He’s a guy who flat-out can throw the football and does a good job of making decisions. You want to put that guy in a situation where he can be as successful as he can. You want to make sure you keep him protected. That starts with the guys up front. He’s a piece of our puzzle and our offense is adaptable.”
Rivals national recruiting director Mike Farrell said Patterson’s transfer shows IMG’s allure to top-level recruits.
“After Henry left, they started looking around,” Farrell said. “Henry was their guy. There were some other names out there. This just shows the power of IMG with their facilities and the coaching.
“He’ll get a very good coach in in coach Wright. He’ll play really good competition in the state of Florida. (Former NFL QB Steve) Walsh is part of it as (football operations director). In terms of recruiting, by working with the players they have there, he could really take Ole Miss further. He has a whole lot of talented teammates and also kids that he’ll be competing against.
“Being from Louisiana, it’s not so easy being the No. 1 QB in the country and not going to LSU.”
Patterson, 6-2 and 195 pounds, was named the MVP of Nike’s Elite 11 quarterback competition at The Opening last week in Oregon. He led the Cavaliers to back-to-back state championships the past two seasons after he transferred from Texas after his freshman year.