According to multiple reports, Michigan Football is expected to host Shea Patterson, Deontay Anderson and Van Jefferson this weekend. All three players have been granted releases from Ole Miss and are free to visit other schools.
Some big recruiting news: #Michigan is expecting to host talented #OleMiss QB Shea Patterson & OM safety Deontay Anderson on official visits this weekend, source tells me. And there might be more Rebels visiting Ann Arbor as well.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 5, 2017
Patterson and Jefferson would need to get waivers from the NCAA to be eligible to play next year, without having to sit out a season per normal transfer rules. There is a growing sentiment that the waivers may be granted.
Anderson, who was visited by Jim Harbaugh on Tuesday, voluntarily redshirted this season and is expected to be immediately eligible to play with no waiver required.
Greg Biggins of 247Sports confirmed that Patterson could very well end up at Michigan next year and play right away. “Spoke to the family last night, can confirm Michigan is a major player,” Greg Biggins reported on 247Sports. “They’re also very confident they can win an appeal and Shea will be eligible to play next fall.”
So what would these players bring to Michigan?
Patterson, a sophomore, was the No. 1 ranked quarterback in the 2016 recruiting class. He played in seven games this season, before suffering a season-ending injury, and passed for 2,259 yards (63.8%), 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He is a very talented player who could make an immediate impact at Michigan.
As we learned this season, you can never have enough talent at quarterback. Patterson would join Brandon Peters, Dylan McCaffrey, Joe Milton and Kevin Doyle, giving the Wolverines a wealth of talent at the most important position on the team.
Patterson would figure to be the frontrunner to start for Michigan, but don’t count out Dylan McCaffrey just yet.
As mentioned above, Anderson, who is a safety, did not play this year, but last season as a freshman he notched 32 tackles and one interception. He was a highly touted recruit coming out of high school with an elite combination of size and speed.
Michigan’s safeties were prone to giving up big plays this year and adding a talented player like Anderson could help tighten things up on the back end of the defense.
Jefferson, a wide receiver, was heavily recruited by Michigan in 2015, but landed at Ole Miss. As a redshirt sophomore this year, he hauled in 42 receptions for 456 yards and one touchdown.
Michigan has a lot of talent and wide receiver, but not a lot of experience. Jefferson has two full years of playing time under his belt and obviously has a good rapport with Patterson. He would figure to be a big part of the Wolverines passing attack should he end up in Ann Arbor.
I assume all three players would like to enroll at their new schools in January, so decisions should come quick and possibly as soon as this weekend.
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