There was an outstanding group of underclassmen signal callers at IMG over the weekend…
Committed But Looking
It didn't take long. I think all I needed to see was three throws. Yeah, Shea Patterson is the real deal. This rising junior signal caller from Shreveport (La.) Calvary Baptist was in Florida last weekend, leading his 7v7 team, The Bootleggers, in the IMG National Championship tournament. Patterson, a four-star recruit, is the nation's No. 2 ranked signal caller in the 2016. He made a very early commitment to play for Rich Rodriguez and the Arizona Wildcats. "I committed to them as a freshman," Patterson said. "I thought it was the best fit for me, I like the staff and the offense. To be honest, I never thought the process would be like this." What the 6-foot-2, 195-pound quarterback is referring to is his recruitment and the way it has taken offer. And as it should, this kid has incredible arm talent. Right now he has 20 plus scholarship offers. Alabama, Ole Miss, Baylor, Auburn, Notre Dame, Michigan, Oklahoma State, and Texas are just some of his scholarship offers. "I am definitely committed to Arizona but I am open to looking around," Patterson said. Recently, Patterson took to the road and visited both the Longhorns and Cowboys. It sounds as if he truly loved both schools. "The facilities at Oklahoma State were just incredible," Patterson said. "They have it all, I like the staff and the offense fits me. With Texas I love the tradition. I like the coaches, especially coach [Charlie] Strong and coach [Shawn] Watson. They are great." Two schools that Patterson has dialogue with are both USC and Oregon. Meanwhile, it doesn't appear at this time that LSU will even pursue him because they recently got a commitment from quarterback Feleipe Franks (Crawfordville, Fla./Wakulla) in the 2016 classs. I only got to see Patterson play for about a game and a half in Bradenton over the weekend. While it was short lived I came away very impressed. It took me all of one series to see what all the chatter was about. Patterson is the real deal. In fact, I will go on record saying he reminds me of Aaron Murray at the same stage. He's deadly accurate and throws his receivers open. I mean he knows exactly what spot or what shoulder to throw to. Patterson can spin the ball through the tight windows. I thought of all the passers I saw over the weekend that he had the most arm talent. Below is some video of Patterson in action from this past weekend.
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