There’s no downside for Harbaugh, Michigan if QB Shea Patterson transfers in

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Michigan is in hot pursuit of several Mississippi football players in the wake of NCAA sanctions on the Rebels. Reportedly, there are seven potential transfers to Ann Arbor, but sources within the football program tell me the number is likely three for the 2018 season.

The biggest name expected to choose the Wolverines is former five-star quarterback Shea Patterson, who was on Michigan’s radar in 2016 before his commitment to the Rebels. Patterson was the proverbial “one that got away” from Jim Harbaugh, but it appears Harbaugh will get his chance to coach Patterson.

Harbaugh has wasted no time recruiting Patterson, traveling to Oxford this week by private jet to meet with Patterson, former four-star safety Deontay Anderson and others.

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Former five-star offensive tackle Greg Little, a second-team All-SEC selection this season, also was rumored to be interested, the mother of Michigan defensive lineman Rashan Gary tweeted Wednesday that Little wasn’t interested. Gary and Little became friends during their recruitment in 2016. Little appears likely to stay at Ole Miss, but there is some scuttlebutt about a possible move to Oklahoma.

Patterson started the final three games as a true freshman at Ole Miss in 2016 and was leading the SEC in passing this season before he suffered a knee injury against LSU in October.

The transfer of Patterson, Anderson and wide receiver Van Jefferson would be a boon for the Wolverines. Many think the Wolverines were a solid quarterback away from competing for a playoff spot this season, and Patterson certainly would bring at least “solid play” to the position along with an improving Brandon Peters and redshirt freshman Dylan McCaffrey. And Jefferson and Anderson would bring experience and add depth at wide receiver and in the secondary, respectively.

While Patterson was granted permission to transfer from Ole Miss, it remains unclear if he will be eligible immediately at his new school or whether he must sit out the 2018 season. And immediate eligibility is the focus right now.

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