Welp, Shea Patterson has changed his mind again.
No, not that, just where he's going to play his final high school football game. As reported by 247Sports' David Johnson, Patterson originally committed to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Tex., but the five-star Ole Miss commit changed his mind and then committed to play in the Under Armour All-American Game in St. Petersburg, Fla. Now, he has changed his mind again and has re-committed to the Army game.
Feel better now? Sorry about that. Patterson and his fellow IMG Ascenders kick off their season this Saturday against the 2014 5A state champs, American Heritage (Fla.) Patriots, at home in IMG Academy Stadium. Check out IMG's facilities here. They're just fine.
You can also keep up with Mr. Shea Patterson on Student Sports' "Dear Football: The 2015 Elite 11 Story" documentary. The YouTube channel has been releasing episodes each day for the last week and a half in small increments, but it's good stuff. Think The Season meets Survivor. In this documentary you see the rigors of the Elite 11 Quarterback competition and what the student-athletes are put through in order to find not only who the best quarterback is, but who the best teammate, individual and person is. It is really good stuff and in case you forgot, Shea Patterson won the damn thing.
Georgia OL sets announcement date
Four-star offensive tackle E.J. Price has announced that he will be making his decision at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Tex. via his personal Twitter account. The 6'6, 311-pound mammoth of a teenager has a top eight of Ole Miss, Michigan, Oklahoma, Georgia, LSU, Tennessee, Auburn and Florida State. The Lawrenceville, Ga. native and Archer High School product is also teammates with Ole Miss commit and three-star linebacker Donta Evans.
The large individual is quite the specimen as he stands at 6'6 and still manages to carry a "lean" 311-pounds. When you take a look at his film, you see tremendous upside and ability despite some raw characteristics here and there. But, once again, 6'6, 300-pounders don't grow on trees. Price has ideal length for the tackle spot and is surprisingly nimble for such a giant man. This crootin battle seems to be heavily in favor of the hometown Bulldogs, but don't count out Matt Luke and Co. Oh, and Shea Patterson will be barking in his ear all week at the U.S. Army Game as well.
Ole Miss commit back to form
Ole Miss commit and three-star offensive lineman Eli Johnson is back to his old ways. And by that I mean destroying people in the trenches. The 6'3, 295-pound Lafayette High School Commodore suffered a torn ACL in the Mississippi 4A championship game back in 2014, but has since gone through the rehab and recovery process and looks to be better than ever. Southern Elite Sports covered the Lafayette vs. Southaven scrimmage last week and got some highlights of Johnson in action against the visiting Chargers. Needless to say, he looks like he's ready to don the red and blue and mix it up with the like of the SEC's best.
Johnson, who was the 2016 class' third commit way back in 2013 following in the footsteps of this local brethren (DeKaylin Metcalf and Justin Connor), brings an aggressive style to the gridiron every time he steps on it. He lacks the ideal height for offensive tackle, but that's okay because Eli is a warrior in the interior. Johnson has no problem mixing it up inside with the defensive tackles and blitzing linebackers and WILL take you to the ground and finish a block. Another thing that is vital for Johnson's development in Hugh Freeze's hurry up no huddle offense is his ability to get to the second level. As a guard, he will be called upon to pull a lot on zone read and stretch plays and Johnson has the quickness to get on the perimeter and finish people. Johnson should fit in perfectly once he gets in a college weight room and develops even more once he gets to campus.