Michigan QB Shea Patterson signs baseball contract with Texas Rangers
The Michigan Wolverines received a huge boost this offseason when former five-star recruit and Ole Miss transfer Shea Patterson decided to continue his college career in Ann Arbor. Even better, he was ultimately granted immediate eligibility to play for U-M this season.
Patterson is viewed as a football prospect who may possess first-round talent that could be attractive to teams in either the 2019 or 2020 NFL drafts.
In a surprise move however, Patterson was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 39th round of the June Major League Baseball Draft, despite not playing the sport in years.
Even more surprising, Patterson has signed a contract with the Rangers according to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News….
Patterson has signed a 2019 contract with the club that would allow him “to play [baseball] after he completes his football eligibility at Michigan.” Per 247Sports.com, the contract will not go into effect until Patterson’s collegiate eligibility expires. Patterson has two years of collegiate eligibility that he could use for the 2018 and 2019 seasons, while also having a redshirt at his disposal if it’s needed.
NCAA rules allow athletes to sign a contract in one professional sport while still maintaining collegiate eligibility in another.
So don’t worry Wolverine fans, Patterson will still suit up for the team in 2018, and he should be able to hold down the starting job during fall camp and open up the season under center for Michigan.