Ole Miss commit Shea Patterson, the top-rated dual-threat quarterback in the country according to Rivals, will not play his senior season at Calvary Baptist Academy.
He plans to finish his high school career at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, before enrolling at Ole Miss for the spring semester.
“I want to thank my teachers, coaches, classmates and friends at Calvary for an amazing experience the past 2 years,” Patterson said in a Twitter message. “I will cherish the bonds I’ve established with my teammates on and off the football field.”
Patterson, 6-2 and 195 pounds, was named the MVP of Nike’s Elite 11 quarterback competition at The Opening last week in Oregon. The Times’ reigning All City quarterback led the Cavaliers to back-to-back state championships the past two seasons after he transferred from Texas after his freshman year.
“We love Shea Patterson and want nothing but the best for him,” Calvary head coach John Bachman said. “Calvary football will go on and Shea would be the first to tell you that we have a great team and are looking forward to defending our title.”
Patterson threw for 2,428 yards with 38 touchdowns to three interceptions while leading Calvary its second straight Division III title in 2014.
“The championships we’ve won together are memories that will last a lifetime,” Patterson said. “(IMG) is an opportunity I cannot pass up. I look forward to taking the lessons I’ve learned from Calvary and working hard to try to be a better player.”
Also leaving C alvary is brother, Nick, a phenom 6-foot-1, 175-pound tight end set to ent er th e eighth grade .
IMG’s director of football is former New Orleans Saints quarterback Steve Walsh, a former first-round pick of the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL’s 1989 supplemental draft.
“It’s not a Calvary issue,” Shea Patterson’s father, Sean, said. “This will be his hometown. He’s a Shreveport kid as far as I’m concerned.”
Said Shea Patterson: “Calvary is a great place and I grew so much there as a person especially spiritually.”