Patterson making summer camp plans

QB Shea Patterson

At the Steve Clarkson QB Retreat in Coronado, California over the weekend, there wasn't a more impressive signal caller than Shreveport (La.) Calvary Baptist's Shea Patterson.

Shea Patterson is an early four star quarterback by Scout.com and should easily be ranked among the top 10 signal callers in the national 2016 class. He was very impressive all weekend and has an intriguing skill set to him.

He has a very live arm and the ball was exploding out of his hand. He can really spin the football, has a very quick release and was throwing with great accuracy. He's athletic and has great feet in the pocket with the ability to throw on the run with plenty of zip.

"I came out here a month ago to work with Steve," Patterson said. "I really enjoyed working with him, he's even a better guy than a coach and he was able to fix a flaw in my throwing motion.

"I needed to get my release point higher so he fixed that and I'm doing good with it now. The retreat this weekend has been a lot of fun. It's a chance to build relationships with some of these guys that I could be playing against in college so I really enjoyed the whole experience."

On the recruiting front, Patterson gave an early commitment to Arizona and said his pledge to the Cats remain solid.

"After my freshman year, I sent out my highlight tape and Rich Rod at Arizona was the first coach to get back to me," Patterson said. "I went out there for a visit with my dad and older brother and loved it. It's an awesome place and I had a blast. Everything felt right to me so I decided to go ahead and commit and I still feel good about it."

Since the commitment, Patterson has landed several other offers including national programs like Alabama, Auburn, Baylor, Clemson, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Virginia Tech.

"I'm not really focusing on recruiting that much right now to be honest," Patterson said. "It's cool to get these other offers to have something to compare to Arizona. I can weigh the pros and cons of all the schools but right now, I'm really solid. I still plan to look around at some schools this summer and I'm going to do a lot of camps.

"The only ones I have set up so far are to Oklahoma State, LSU and Texas. They haven't offered yet so that's why I want to get out there and see how it goes. I'm going to try and visit all the schools that have offered me as well and get down to a top 10-12 by next summer.

"By next summer, I'll be ready to finalize my decision. By this time next year, I'll be able to make a final choice whether to stick with Arizona or if there's a better fit for me somewhere else but like I said, I'm very happy with my commitment right now."

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