February 17, 2015 - Dave Miller
Ole Miss gets a pledge from its highest-rated QB since Manning
Follow @Miller_Dave Ole Miss landed a pledge from its highest-rated quarterback prospect since Eli Manning, as Shea Patterson committed to the Rebels over LSU and USC on Tuesday. The Rivals.com five-star Class of 2016 signal-caller is regarded by the recruiting site as the top quarterback in the country and the No. 3 player regardless of position. Patterson, who's a 6-2, 183-pound athletic passer from Calvary Baptist Academy (Shreveport, LA), is originally from Texas but moved to the Bayou State prior to his sophomore year of high school. In his two seasons at Calvary Baptist, Patterson has thrown for 5,083 yards and 72 touchdowns against just seven interceptions. He has rushed for an additional 375 yards and six scores. He is known as a savvy player with good accuracy, and he has helped lead his team to back-to-back state titles. The former Arizona commit also held offers from major programs such as Auburn, Clemson, Michigan, Notre Dame, Texas and Texas A&M. Ole Miss also has a commitment in this class from DeKaylin Metcalf, who is one of the nation's better wide receivers, according to Rivals. That has to make Rebel fans excited about future offenses under Hugh Freeze and his staff. Dave Miller, the college football editor for the National Football Post, is on Twitter @Miller_Dave.