Tuesday Morning Update

Spanning the globe on a Tuesday morning …

Shreveport, La., quarterback Shea Patterson, rated the No. 1 dual threat guy in the country by Rivals.com, is expected to announce a commitment at noon. Rivals goes on to give him five stars and call him the No. 3 overall prospect, the No. 1 player in Louisiana. Ole Miss has been considered a strong contender here. John Davis will have more later in the day. …

For the Recruitniks out there, Rivals.com has started tracking sixth-grade football prospects. This from SaturdayDownSouth.com. Notice the profile pics. It’s not often you see measurables of 5-foot-2, 105 pounds for a pro style quarterback. That’s Daron Brydon of Enfield (Conn.) Middle School. Coaches take heart, he’s only 5-11 now, but his dad is 6-7. It seems a little creepy, but the guess here is there are a whole lot of parents who will be on board. And remember, Rivals wouldn’t put forth the effort to track football players and provide information if it did not generate revenue. This is all market driven. The question is how long before we get profiles of athletes who are dating and the potential for superstars to come? …

I mentioned Anthony Grant in this space yesterday. The Rebels are in need of a strong finish to play their way into the NCAA tournament. They play at Alabama on March 3, a 6 p.m. tip.

Winning over Auburn isn’t really something to hang your hat on this year, but as NCAA hopeful SEC teams try to gain at-large bids they have to avoid stinker losses. Auburn hung one on Georgia over the weekend.

Alabama defeated Auburn in Tuscaloosa earlier this year but needed a frantic comeback to get the job done. AL.com columnist Kevin Scarbinsky writes that Grant really needs a sweep of his in-state rival in Bruce Pearl’s first season as coach. …

From Ole Miss Pix, a shot of icy Ole Miss:

For college baseball, here’s a new ball update from SEC Media Relations:

A good read here on Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy who is using a change in diet to help battle Parkinson’s. ESPN has the Aggies’ simulated RPI at 44, fifth in the SEC behind Ole Miss. …

Speaking of the Aggies and shifting gears to football, what are realistic expectations for John Chavis in his first season as defensive coordinator in College Station? …

 

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.

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