This story has been updated with new information since its original publication earlier today:
Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh met with Ole Miss players in Oxford today, according to the Ole Miss Spirit’s sister site, the Michigan Insider.
Harbaugh arrived by plane in Oxford this morning to visit with “multiple Ole Miss targets who are seeking departure from the embattled program.” One of those targets is former Ole Miss safety Deontay Anderson, according to Brandon Justice of the Wolverine Lounge.
Chase Parham of Rivals.com tweeted a photo of the University of Michigan plane at the Oxford airport this morning:
Harbaugh visited Oxford just as it was being reported that Ole Miss had given quarterback Shea Patterson permission to court other schools for a possible transfer.
According to the Ole Miss Spirit, Ole Miss put restrictions on where Patterson might end up playing, stipulating that he can’t play for an SEC team or for teams the Rebels will face on their schedule over the next two years.
Patterson landed at Ole Miss as a 5-star prospect from Shreveport, Louisiana, but under the restrictions, he could not go play for LSU. Michigan and UCLA have been reported as possible destinations for Patterson. Shortly after lunch today, Bruce Feldman tweeted that, according to his source, Patterson will take an official visit to Ann Arbor.
If Patterson does transfer, he would have to sit out the 2018 season unless he gets a waiver from the NCAA. At present, only rising seniors can transfer without losing playing time.
Patterson may choose to transfer from Ole Miss due to penalties imposed on Ole Miss last Friday by the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions. The NCAA imposed a 2018 postseason ban on the Rebels in addition to the university’s self-imposed ban for 2017.
Street is also looking to transfer to another school, according to the Ole Miss Spirit. Over the last two seasons, the Rebels have used him as a backup linebacker, although he came in as a running back/defensive back.
“I’m looking for a system that will better allow me to showcase my talents as a running back,” Street told the Ole Miss Spirit. “Like a lot of my teammates, I am massively disappointed about what has happened here at Ole Miss.”
Street reportedly got permission to transfer from Ole Miss Head Coach Matt Luke.
Like Patterson, Street will have to apply for an NCAA waiver for immediate eligibility.
Last season, Street record 10 tackles for the red and blue.
Anderson said last month he wanted to transfer out of Ole Miss. He claimed that former head coach Hugh Freeze and Athletic Director Ross Bjork had recruited him to the Rebels under false pretenses and misrepresented the status of the NCAA investigation into recruiting violations at Ole Miss.
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