By John Davis, Oxford Citizen
Before stepping on a plane bound for California to take part in the Elite 11 Semifinals, quarterback Shea Patterson made sure to take part in Friday’s Ole Miss football camp.
Ole Miss’ 2016 quarterback commitment was just one of the many standout players at the invitation-only camp held both in the Manning Center and at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Patterson, who said he is now a full 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, was up to doing his part, which was convince other players to become Rebels.
“I got a few guys up here with me and I think we’re getting close to building this class,” Patterson said. “I think in a few weeks, maybe, we might have something big.”
Deontay Anderson (6-1, 190), a four-star safety prospect from Manvel High School in Houston, Texas was just one of the prospects who was hanging with Patterson.
“We actually met each other at the spring game. We haven’t known each other very long, but we just clicked,” Patterson said. “We’ve become really good friends and I got to hang out with him all week. He’s big-time and I’m working on him as well.”
Offensive tackle Willie Allen (6-7, 300) was another. Allen attends John Curtis High in New Orleans. At one point while Patterson was being interviewed, he joined the media contingent with his phone outstretched from his hand.
Patterson ate lunch Thursday with another commit for the 2016 class, Oxford wide receiver DK Metcalf, who is currently taking part in the Rivals 100 Five-Star Challenge in Baltimore. Metcalf is one of the top-rated wide receivers in the nation, and the top prospect in the state of Mississippi, according to Rivals.com.
“He’s also on the move a lot. I was supposed to go (to Baltimore) but I’m going out to California,” Patterson said. “I got to throw with him a little bit.”
While Patterson originally thought he was just going to hang out with the prospects, when the competition portion of the camp came around, he was up for throwing.
“The inner competitor inside me just wanted to go out and compete as well,” Patterson said. “There was a lot 2017 talent at the wide receiver position here today.”
There has been a rumor that Patterson was set to leave Calvary Baptist Academy in Shreveport, Louisiana and transfer in to Lafayette and play for the Commodores this fall. Patterson addressed those rumors on the record following the camp.
“It’s been mentioned the last couple of months, but I came to a decision that I can’t leave my class,” Patterson said. “We’ve won two state championships. It’s going to be hard to leave that class for me. I’m going for a third one in Louisiana.”