UA football: QB Patterson decommits from Arizona

2014-07-28T13:10:00Z 2014-07-29T09:31:34Z UA football: QB Patterson decommits from ArizonaDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Rich Rodriguez got some expected — but disappointing —news this morning. 

Shea Patterson, a five-star quarterback in the 2016 class, called Rodriguez today to tell him he was decommiting from Arizona. 

Patterson, a product of Calvary Baptist Academy in Shreveport, La., had committed to Arizona in December of 2012. Since his pledge to the Wildcats, the quarterback has seen his recruitment blow up. He's since earned offers from Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and other powers. He's rated as the No. 1 quarterback in 2016 by the Scout.com recruiting service. 

"I called Rich Rodriguez himself and told him that I was opening up my recruitment so I can enjoy the process," Patterson told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. "When I went on a visit to another college, I couldn't really enjoy myself; now I can. (Rodriguez) was glad that I called him and not anyone else. I called him because he was the one that offered me in the beginning. He told me they are going to continue to recruit me."

Patterson's decommitment didn't come as a huge surprise. Last week, his brother Sean, who had been serving as a graduate assistant at the UA, left for a full-time position at LSU. Arizona has yet to fill his spot on the staff. 

Arizona, now without a quarterback in its 2016 class, doesn't have a quarterback committed for the 2015 class, either. The Wildcats already have 19 commitments for 2015, and could look for a quarterback with one of the remaining spots. 

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