By John Davis, Oxford Citizen
PETAL — Javon Patterson, the state’s top-rated football recruit for the 2015 signing class, is now an Ole Miss Rebel.
The 6-foot-3 1/2, 310 pound Petal standout committed and then signed with the Rebels during a ceremony held in his high school gym. Patterson is graduating in December, and is able to sign his financial agreement with Ole Miss now. He said he will start class in January, helping to round out the class when players come on official visits.
Thursday’s ceremony was jam packed with students from the Class 6A school. They were all there to see where Patterson, the gentle giant, would end up. Patterson’s final three schools were Ole Miss, Auburn and Mississippi State. In the end, him growing up a Rebel, and feeling very comfortable with head coach Hugh Freeze and offensive line coach Matt Luke, won out for Patterson. His second choice was Auburn.
“Coach Freeze and Coach Luke are great people, great encouragers, and they’re great coaches,” Patterson said. “I like the way they took the initiative with me. Going in early is something I wanted to do. I’m going to be there in two months, so that’s a short amount of time, but I think going in early will give me an edge going into learn the offense and compete for a spot.”
Patterson, who is rated as the third best guard prospect in the nation by Rivals.com, let Freeze know of his choice Wednesday night. He said that he and his mother, Shirley, talked about schools last week, coming to a final decision that Ole Miss was where he wanted to live, and gain an education.
Patterson, who will play his final high school game in the annual Mississippi-Alabama All-Star game, was mobbed by his friends and teammates following his brief announcement. As for what gave Ole Miss the edge, Patterson said this:
“The comfort level. Coaching jobs, they’re coming and going like flies now, so just the campus, the great feel. It feels like home with the players and program,” Patterson said.
For more on Patterson, see Friday’s print edition of the Daily Journal.