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 at his school in Shreveport, La.
Patterson has more than 25 scholarship offers to choose from with Ole Miss, Southern Cal and LSU thought to be near the top of his list. He also has offers from Alabama, Auburn, Arizona, Notre Dame, Texas, Oklahoma and Texas A&M. The announcement is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET.
One top recruiting analyst, though, gives the nod to the Rebels.
“I think he’s been leaning to Ole Miss for quite some time,” Mike Farrell, the national recruiting analyst for Rivals.com, said Monday. “He has a comfort level with them.”
In its latest Top 100 for the Class of 2016, Rivals rated Patterson as the No. 2 quarterback behind Jacob Eason (Lake Stevens, Wash.) and the No. 3 player overall. Scout.com has ranked him as the No. 1 quarterback and No. 7 overall.
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 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.
“His brother being a coach there wasn’t the only factor,” Farrell said. “He was a great fit in Rich Rodriguez’s system. He just decided he committed too soon.”
In terms of what he is looking for, “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.”
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.”
USA TODAY High School Sports contributed to this report.