Shea Patterson is one of three Ole Miss players that will visit Michigan this weekend as potential transfers for next year.
Patterson, one of the nation’s most talented quarterbacks, safety Deontay Anderson, and wide receiver Van Jefferson will reportedly be on the trip to Ann Arbor.
247Sports spoke to Michigan players about the potential of adding guys like Patterson, and defensive tackle Maurice Hurst gave them some pretty solid quotes.
His basic point: competition is always good.
“I think it’s always a good thing to have sure competition,” Hurst said. “I’ve always been one to believe that competition brings out the best in everyone. I think that is where Coach Harbaugh is probably going with this. He’s probably thinking, ‘I could bring in some great players from Ole Miss – guys that have already sort of proven themselves.’ They’ll just be a great addition to the team – adding another great dimension to a team that’s already pretty good.”
“I think in football, you probably shouldn’t let your feelings get hurt,” Hurst said. “If you have someone coming in and they’re better than you and they play over you – then, they’re better than you. That’s what it is. I think it’s always just competition. If you’re the best quarterback, you’re going to play. If you’re the best running back, you’re going to play. If you’re the best D-lineman, you’re going to play. It’s sort of how things go.”
While adding an extra receiver or safety can never hurt, quarterback is the position of intrigue as usual, especially with someone the profile of Patterson potentially joining the team. If he’s allowed to play right away, the possibility of which has been reported elsewhere, he will have a battle with fellow former All-American Brandon Peters, who was pretty impressive in limited time this season.