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Brother of five-star Ole Miss QB commit quit job as LSU staffer

When it came to a highly-touted 2016 prospect, Ole Miss and LSU were engaged in a high-stakes recruiting battle. While the initial skirmish went to the former -- at least for now -- there’s still an underlying storyline of the recruiting soap opera that’s being played out.

Shea Patterson, a five-star quarterback rated as the No. 3 player in the country in next year’s class by, announced Tuesday that he has verbally committed to play his college football at Ole Miss. The fact that Patterson, a Shreveport native, is the top-rated player in the state of Louisiana and committed to an out-of-state SEC West rival just added to the intrigue.

Also adding to the intrigue is the fact that Patterson’s brother, Sean Jr., was a quality control assistant at LSU. “Was” is the key word here as Sean Jr. quit his job at LSU last week, days before his brother committed to Ole Miss.

The father of the two, Sean Patterson Sr., told USA Today that his older son, Sean Jr., has several job opportunities moving forward. And one of those is (surprise!!!) at Ole Miss. And he hopes the siblings can be reunited in Oxford.

“They’ve always wanted to be together, and because of the age difference, it’s a little bit different than a brother-to-brother situation,” Sean Patterson Sr. said. “Sean has been throwing him up against the wall since he was two. Hopefully they’ll end up together. ...

“I don’t see anything wrong with [one son pursuing a job at a school that another committed to] as long as you are qualified, and they both are. But if it doesn’t work out, then they both go their own separate ways.”

Here’s to guessing that Hugh Freeze will find some way to ensure that Sean Patterson Jr. will have a job with the Rebels and the brothers won’t have to go their separate ways. As long as Shea Patterson remains verbally committed to and then officially signs with Ole Miss, of course.

Not that anyone should see anything wrong with that.

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