The Arizona Wildcats’ latest football commitment won’t see the field until 2016, if not later.

Quarterback Shea Patterson, a freshman at Hidalgo (Texas) High School, verbally committed to the UA today with hopes of enrolling three years from now. Patterson is thought to be the youngest player to ever commit to Wildcats, if you don’t count the tongue-in-cheek standing offer to coach Rich Rodriguez’s son, Rhett. If nothing else, Patterson's verbal vow should give the Wildcats some national buzz heading into next week's New Mexico Bowl game against Nevada. 

The Scout.com recruiting first reported Patterson’s verbal commitment, citing his father. The Pattersons visited Tucson earlier this week.

Patterson is already 6 feet 1 inch tall and 180 pounds, and figures to receive more attention as he matures. Patterson is also somewhat of a YouTube sensation: The video-sharing website includes highlights dating back to Patterson's sixth-grade season, and a video of a 12-year-old Patterson hitting a home run.

Check out some of his junior high and high school highlights by clicking on the video links.

The sports editor of the Arizona Daily Star.