Patterson makes his transfer to MI official

Patterson makes his transfer to MI official

Ole Miss is dealing with a number of transfers following NCAA sanctions, but it certainly didn't take long for Harbaugh and the Wolverines to swoop in on Patterson.

Ole Miss quarterback Shea Patterson visited MI on Saturday. Showing signs of the college version of Johnny Manziel during his brief IMG Academy stay, Patterson, who is from Shreveport, La., was a hot commodity as the No. 1-rated pro-style quarterback in the country.

Patterson gives MI a ready made playmaker at quarterback, something the Wolverines haven't had a in a long time. Peters showed positive signs but wasn't asked to do much before being injured in the November 18 loss to Wisconsin. Per NCAA rules for transfers, Patterson must sit out next season.




It is a potentially messy situation, as the addition of Patterson could create some tension for the returning players. Incoming quarterback recruits Joe Milton and Kevin Doyle will also be on the team. MI ranks 111 in passer rating this season. Jim Harbaugh makes $11 million a year. Earlier this season, Finebaum called Harbaugh "overrated." Walterfootball.com projects he could be a first-round selection in 2019, so an impressive first-year season at MI could do wonders for his stock.

Expecting Michigan to compete for Big Ten championships in 2018 and '19 is fair. Inconsistent play at quarterback has been what has held the Wolverine offense back the last couple of years. Michigan needs it, because it faces a daunting schedule that includes trips to Notre Dame, Michigan State and Ohio State and home dates with Wisconsin and Penn State.

It's unclear if Patterson, who took an official visit to MI over the weekend, will be eligible to play for the Wolverines next season.

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