What Shea Patterson’s Transfer To Michigan Would Mean
Michigan is in hot pursuit of several Mississippi football players, in the wake of NCAA sanctions on the rebels. The number of potential transfers to Ann Arbor has been estimated at seven, but sources within the football program tell me the number is likely three for the 2018 season.
The biggest name expected to choose the Wolverines is former five star quarterback Shea Patterson who was on Michigan’s radar in 2016 prior to his commitment to the Rebels. Patterson was the one that got away from Harbaugh, but it appears he’ll get another chance to coach the talented signal caller.
Patterson started three games as a true freshman at Ole Miss in 2016 and was leading the conference in passing this season before he suffered a knee injury against LSU in October.
While Patterson was granted permission to transfer from Ole Miss, it is still unclear if he will be immediately eligible to play at the school he chooses or if he will be forced to sit out a year before he can participate.
Harbaugh has wasted no time recruiting the Baker Mayfield type, traveling to Oxford this week by private jet to meet with Patterson, Safety Deontay Anderson and others. Rumors surfaced this week that up to seven players were considering Michigan but it seems unlikely the wolverines could fit more than 3 or 4 under the scholarship limits without serious attrition.
All-Conference OT Greg Little was also rumored to be interested but Rashan Gary’s mom tweeted on Wednesday that he was not interested and wouldn’t be transferring to Michigan. Gary and Little became friends during their recruitment in 2016. The scuttlebutt on a destination for Little is that he is strongly looking at Oklahoma.
Immediate eligibility is the focus right now as it makes little sense for Harbaugh to take Shea Patterson if he cannot play in 2018, it also wouldn’t do Patterson an favors either as he is expected to be a one and done no matter where he chooses to finish his career. If he isn’t immediately eligible in 2018 and his goal is to enter the NFL draft in 2019, he’d be best served staying at Ole Miss and entering the draft next season. Most experts seem to believe the Mississippi players will be granted a waiver to play in 2018.
The transfer of Patterson, safety Deontay Anderson and wide receiver Van Jefferson would be a boon for the Michigan football team. Many think the Wolverines were solid quarterback play away from competing for a playoff spot and Shea Patterson would certainly bring at least “solid play” to the position along with an improving Brandon Peters and the arrival of redshirt freshman Dylan McCaffrey. Jefferson and Anderson would bring much needed experience and depth to the defensive backfield and the wide receiving groups.
The transfer of Patterson alone is a game changer for the wolverines, it give them an extremely talented dual threat quarterback with SEC experience. While Michigan’s rivals sooth themselves with the narrative that this means Harbaugh can’t develop his own quarterbacks, that notion is compete garbage and every college football expert will tell you the same thing. Harbaugh may believe in Peters and McCaffrey but you simply cannot ignore the talent Patterson has already shown on the field to make a point, Wisconsin showed that when they took a transfer from NC State….a little know guy names Russell Wilson who would go on to win a Super Bowl.
Even if Patterson does transfer, it doesn’t mean Michigan isn’t still committed to and excited about the guys they have on the roster, it simply means Michigan is committed to bring in the best players and letting them compete for the starting job.
If one of the current QB’s transfers out of the program, it is ok, every kid has the right to seek the situation that is best for their situation. If Peters sticks around, he would still have the opportunity to start for Michigan for two seasons, as would McCaffrey and incoming Freshman Joe Milton who is a project.
Michigan’s pursuit of Shea Patterson is a good thing, it helps the program move up its championship timeline regardless of what rivals schools are peddling.
PODCAST: Big House Nation 9-9-16
In this Episode of Big House Nation, Gregg Henson talks with Anthony Broome, managing editor of Maize N’ Brew. Gregg and Anthony discuss satellite camps, Michigan’s pre-season ranking, who will start at QB and the 2017 recruiting class.
Do The Nation’s Best WR And CB Want To Play Together At Michigan?
Two top recruits, 5 star 2017 WR Donovan Peoples-Jones (Detroit, MI) and 5 star California (CB) Darnay Holmes were featured in an edit by Clay Williams. Peoples-Jones is the #6 recruit in the country and Holmes is the #8 ranked prospect for 2017.
— Will™♣️‼️ (@claywill3_) May 30, 2016
— Donovan P. Jones (@dpeoplesjones) May 30, 2016
It’s a bit of a long-shot that both of these guys end up in the class, but the recent contact between Holmes’ cousin Desean Holmes, who originally signed with San Diego State back in 2015 but never played for the school, has put Michigan on both prospects radar.
It’s Going To Be A Big Week For Michigan Football Recruiting
As we teased last week, it looks like Michigan could be in for a big week on the recruiting trail. The optimism reached new heights when four-star DE Corey Malone-Hatcher announced on twitter that he would be committing on Thursday at 3:30 p.m.
Top schools: I will be announcing my commitment on Thursday @ 3:30pm at SJHS. Thanks to all that recruited me 🙏🏽🕐🕑🕒😈 pic.twitter.com/E6SA0k59Du
— corey malone-hatcher (@CMH2017) May 31, 2016
Malone-Hatcher was long thought to be a strong Michigan lean so the timing of the announcement on the heels of the rumors last week seem to indicate that this is the first domino to fall in what should be a big week/month of recruiting for the Wolverines.
He is a four star prospect who ESPN ranks as the 254th best player in the country. More from ESPN….
BOTTOM LINE: Malone-Hatcher is the prototype on the hoof, but he will need to settle into a position and develop and improve to reach his true potential. Given his size and strength, he could develop at LB or DE depending on scheme and further physical development. Regardless of where he lines up is a very good defensive prospect.
Malone-Hatcher would be Michigan’s 13th committment to the class of 2017.
The next major player to commit to Michigan is rumored to be top 100 player Luiji Vilain a DE from Alexandria, VA.
This will be a big month, indeed.
PODCAST: Some Early-Season Michigan Football Predictions
In this edition of The Maize and Blu Sit-In, Gregg Henson and Art Regner discuss Jim Harbaugh’s international satellite camps, the Wolverines’ early-season predictions and the QB race.
Harbaugh’s Latest Evil Recruiting Plot!
I’m not sure how Harbaugh does it. He has apparently convinced Baylor Head Coach Art Briles that it is a good idea for the Michigan Coaching Staff to participate in a coaching clinic AT Baylor. I understand why Briles would want the Harbaugh “rub,” but would you invite Harbaugh and company into your backyard?
Texas, Texas A & M, TCU and the Big 12 are not going to like Briles letting the Harbaugh into the hen house, but Briles clearly sees a competitive advantage in aligning with Michigan.
PODCAST: Big House Nation With Freep.com’ Mark Snyder 3-4-16
In this edition of Big House Nation, Gregg Henson talks with Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press, who is covering Michigan football’s spring practice in Florida. What will the 2016 roster look like for the Wolverines?
PODCAST: Big House Nation With Guest Jamie Morris
Sporting News With Harbaugh Article For No Apparent Reason!
The Sporting News has an article today on Jim Harbaugh and I can’t figure out why? The article focuses on recruiting, but there isn’t anything new, it’s a rehash of Rashan Gary, Isaiah Wilson, Signing With The Stars and Spring Practice at IMG in Florida.
If you didn’t think Harbaugh was the absolute most important story in college football, you should understand it by now. There was no reason for The Sporting News to write this article other than clicks from the rabid Michigan fan base. He’ll, there isn’t even an anecdote about Harbaugh’s breakfast habits or his incessant competitive instincts.
The article displays that Jim Harbaugh is HUGE for college football right now, everybody is predicting a National Championship…soon…for Michigan based solely on Harbaugh, how else do you explain the deluge of article literally about nothing? Even when Harbaugh does NOTHING, these national publications are writing SOMETHING about the Michigan Head Coach.
I don’t mind Harbaugh getting any and all press, but shouldn’t it at least have some content or new information about the program and/or it’s players. I love that the constant press pisses off Michigan’s rivals, that is funny to me, but these types are articles are a complete waste of time.
Make sure you check out the blog Wednesday afternoon as I’ll have a podcast with former Michigan Running Back Jamie Morris.
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