By John Davis, Oxford Citizen
LSU has its Ed Orgeron, but the Rebels now have their Shea Patterson.
The standout five-star quarterback from Shreveport, La., gave a verbal commitment to Ole Miss at a press conference held at his school Tuesday afternoon.
Patterson (6-foot-2, 195 pounds) chose the Rebels over a bevy of offers, including LSU and USC, the two other schools that appeared to have a legitimate shot of landing his pledge.
Patterson, who just attended Ole Miss’ first Junior Day at the end of January, is rated as the nation’s top dual-threat quarterback in the nation for the 2016 class.
Him coming on board, especially this early in the process, presents a huge opportunity for Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze and his staff to land other top talent from the state of Louisiana, and other highly rated players from across the nation who will find it attractive to play with Patterson.
The stats the past two seasons on the field are astounding. Patterson has accumulated over 5,800 yards and thrown 72 touchdowns compared to just seven interceptions playing for Calvary Baptist Academy.