Michigan might be closing in on its next starting quarterback.
It was confirmed on Tuesday that head coach Jim Harbaugh was meeting with three Ole Miss players planning to transfer out of Oxford — one of which was highly-touted gunslinger Shea Patterson. In the early afternoon on Wednesday, Kyle Rowland of the Toledo Blade reported that things were going even better than expected.
Apparently, the Wolverines are the front-runner to land Patterson, which would be a significant get for Harbaugh and Co. considering the struggles the Maize and Blue have endured at that position.
Sources: Michigan is the front-runner to land Shea Patterson, and the Ole Miss QB expects to be eligible to play immediately.
— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) December 6, 2017
Patterson played in seven games for the Rebels last season, throwing for 2,259 yards and 17 touchdowns while completing passes at a near 64 percent clip. He missed the final five games of 2017 with a knee injury.
To put Patterson’s numbers in perspective, Michigan threw for just 2,023 yards and nine touchdowns for the entire season and had just a 54.5 percent completion rate.
With Wilton Speight declaring his transfer and John O’Korn graduating, the No. 1 spot was expected to be Brandon Peters’ to lose for the 2018 season. Obviously, if Harbaugh is able to bring a talent like Patterson to Ann Arbor, that will change things.
No confirmation on Patterson’s decision has been made, but it sure sounds like he’s giving Harbaugh and the Wolverines a long, hard look.