Petal’s Javon Patterson picks, signs with Rebels

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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.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

Posted in Football, Recruiting
  • Lee814

    Parrish, since he is signing a financial aid agreement now, does he count toward this year’s scholarship numbers or next? I know there has been a lot of talk about the limited number of spots available for 2015 signings.

    • bob

      The limited number of spots is due to the total number of players you can have on scholarship so it doesn’t help one way or another. it’s all the same. He will be one of the 85 players we have on scholarships.

      • Lee814

        Thanks Bob. I did realize that right after I posted. I have seen various numbers given as to the total available scholarships, but 14-16 seems the range. Alford’s leaving earlier this season probably freed up another one. I guess it will be good to have a full roster for a change.

        • bob

          Alford did free up one. There are a couple of other players who will transfer after the season freeing up a couple more. We graduate so few that it is going to be tough to sign too many.

          • bob

            I take that back. Alford was going to school on his own penny. I had momentarily forgotten that. His leaving did not free up a scholarship.

  • papatoLC

    Always good to get a great player that seems to be a great student to be able to enroll early. His enrolling in Ole Miss though not official part of the signing class until he signs on signing day, it sure makes him solid to sign with Ole Miss. Looks like Ole Miss is on the way to fixing the lack of numbers in the O line. Just be an all in Rebel. Looking forward to watching you play.


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