The day has finally arrived. Even though it's still February of 2015, five-star 2016 quarterback Shea Patterson already knows where he wants to attend college for the next three-to-four years. The 6'2, 195-pound Shreveport, La. native will decide between LSU, Ole Miss and Southern Cal on Fat Tuesday. Oh, what a Mardi Gras Day it could be for Hugh Freeze.
Patterson, who's heavily reported to be a Rebel lean, will announce at noon CT from his high school. The ceremony will stream live in a video embedded at the bottom of this page.
Despite living in Louisiana and hailing from the Lone Star State, it is very likely that Patterson will announce for Ole Miss. After traveling up for the Auburn game this past fall with his father, the two struck up a friendship with Freeze and co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Dan Werner. Patterson returned for Ole Miss' Elite Junior Day and has reportedly favored the Rebs ever since.
If Ole Miss were to win the Fat Shea Tuesday Sweepstakes, it could potentially be a bigger impact than the Robert Nkemdiche commitment and signature of 2013. The struggle for the Rebs to land a highly-ranked signal caller from the high school ranks has been a glaring nuisance since Eli Manning's departure. With a commitment from Patterson, Ole Miss could land one of the top players in the 2016 class and do away with that nuisance quickly.
It has also been well-documented that there are several big-name croots who are wanting to potentially join Patterson at the next level and work together to build towards a national title. Several big names from Louisiana have expressed their enthusiasm to possibly join Patterson in college. If this were to happen, other big names could follow suit and give Freeze another top five class in 2016.
Here's the video feed (via NOLA.com), which should go live 10 minutes before the announcement.