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Joining us now on the Make It Rain Sports show is Rod Walker with the New Orleans Advocate. Rod lets talk about Ole Miss commitment of Shea Patterson, the #1 2016 QB out of Calvary Baptist in Shreveport. He looks really polished and he seems to have skills for the college game. Calvary is a 2A school in Louisiana, tell us the difference between 2A in Louisiana and Mississippi.
It’s about the same, we have 5 classifications in Louisiana compared to 6 in Mississippi, so it’s (Calvary) still a small school but he has put up some yards, around 2500 yards passing, 38 touchdowns, with 3 interception. He has played some big schools too, Parkway, West Monroe, Byrd. West Monroe is one of the biggest programs in the state of Louisiana; one of the biggest in the country as far as what they have done. He had 7 touchdowns against those three schools, so despite the small school, he is a legitimate guy.
I’m really looking forward to seeing him at Ole Miss if he holds true to his commitment and all indications are that he will. He talks about graduating early and when you have a guy talking about leaving early, they are focused and they know what they want to do. He is really a legitimate guy. I’ve seen the comparison to Eli Manning, I didn’t see Eli in high school. But to be compared to Eli, with what he has done is a big honor.
You had a chance to see Shea play in high school. In today’s college game, with Ole Miss’ Coach Freeze running an up-tempo offense, what kind of QB would you compare him to.
That’s a hard question really. He will still put on a little more weight, but he is really talented, he can make all the throws. He doesn’t have eye popping rushing numbers, but he has good mobility and can extend plays and avoid contact. He just looks like a guy that is perfect for the personnel they have around him at Ole Miss.
I don’t know the ins and outs of what made him choose Ole Miss, but you look at other schools like say for instance, an LSU, and his talent really fits better at Ole Miss. He had a chance to go up against another Ole Miss QB Jason Pellerin from New Iberia and got the win against him last year. He is just a really solid player.
Since you are in New Orleans area, I know you follow LSU and Les Miles’ recruiting, he missed on a few big players this year, especially on the offensive and defensive line. He basically had the attitude that if you don’t want to play in Louisiana, ‘to hell with you.’ Is that exodus of players something to be concerned about for LSU fans with guys like Patterson and other high profile players looking to go out of state.
Some have gotten away but he always has good players. Shea is really not a native Louisiana guy. He moved in from Texas and doesn’t have the ties to Louisiana like a lot of these guys do. He does have a big commit Franks at the QB position from Florida and that may also have had an effect on Patterson’s decision.
Ole Miss also has wide receiver D.K. Metcalf in this class which should provide quite a nice 1-2 punch.
Definietly. Once you get guys committing early, 5 star players, you attract other players. Other players want to play with them, and will follow them, so it should do a lot for Ole miss recruiting
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