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When Shea Patterson Will Find Out If He's Eligible To Play In 2018

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ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 26: The Michigan Wolverines Cheerleaders support their team against the Brigham Young Cougars at Michigan Stadium on September 26, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Cougars 31-0. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Here's the latest on the NCAA's decision regarding Ole Miss transfer quarterback Shea Patterson.

Michigan transfer quarterback Shea Patterson has yet to learn about his eligibility for the 2018 season. Here's the latest on what's going on.

The former Ole Miss 5-star quarterback is likely a month-plus away from learning the NCAA's decision. Patterson has appealed the NCAA for immediate eligibility due to the sanctions placed on Ole Miss.

An attorney with expertise on the matter spoke to CBS Sports about the process. He thinks the whole thing will take until late March or early April to finalize. So, we're still a month-plus away from learning anything.

Jim Harbaugh was recently asked for an update on Patterson's status. He didn't have much to give.

“I don’t have any update on the calendar,” he told reporters.

Harbaugh has, though, raved about what he's seen from his new quarterback. He's been impressed.

“A lot people talked about Shea, five-star quarterback coming out (of high school) and he deserved that five-star rating,” Harbaugh reportedly said. “Been watching him throw the football around here, I mean it comes out of his hand really well – it explodes out of his hand. He’s got a great throwing motion. He’s very athletic quarterback. I’m very excited about him.”

If granted immediate eligibility, Patterson will almost surely be the starter. He started the past two seasons at Ole Miss and his presence could vault Michigan into College Football Playoff contention.

ESPN analyst Mel Kiper is a big believer in the Wolverines with Patterson. He ranked them No. 6 in his way-too-early preseason poll.