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Top '16 QB set to announce Tuesday

One of the country's elite prep quarterbacks won't wait until his senior season to announce his college decision.

Shea Patterson tweeted Thursday evening that he'll announce his college decision at noon on Tuesday.

"In 2016 I will enroll in college to continue this dream of mine, I'm very excited to announce where that will be! 2/17/15 @12pm #Trendsetter," he tweeted.

At 6-foot-2, 190 pounds, the Calvary Baptist Academy (Shreveport, La.) standout is considered among the elite quarterbacks in his class. Rivals.com ranks Patterson as a five-star recruit and the country's top dual-threat QB, while Scout.com ranks Patterson as the top QB overall. 247Sports.com has Patterson as a four-star recruit and the No. 4 pro-style QB. ESPN also ranks Patterson as a four-star recruit and the No. 3 QB in the 2016 class.

PLENTY OF OFFERS: With offers from major programs from coast to coast, Patterson, who was previously committed to Arizona, is expected to pick between LSU, Ole Miss and Southern Cal, among other schools.

LIKE SEAN LIKE SHEA: An interesting side story in Patterson's recruitment is the employment of his older brother, Sean Patterson Jr. The younger brother originally committed to the Wildcats as a freshman when his brother was on the Arizona staff. This past summer when Sean took a position as an offensive quality control coach at LSU, Shea re-opened his recruitment. On Feb. 6, 247Sports' LSU site reported Sean was leaving the Tigers and was expected to land at Ole Miss. Two days later, Sean Patterson Sr. told the The Shreveport Times's Matt Vines in a text message that Sean had left LSU. Shea has said before the two aren't tied together and they will do what's best for them, but it's still interesting.

STANDING OUT: Watch any highlight reel of Patterson's and it's easy to see why he's highly coveted. Patterson has a strong throwing motion and delivers the ball accurately with touch. He also seems to have a good feel for the pocket and can run when needed. 

BY THE NUMBERS: While leading Calvary Baptist Academy to the Division III State Championship as a junior, Patterson completed 64.8 percent of his passes for 2,428 yards and 38 touchdowns against three interceptions. He also rushed for 134 yards and three scores. 

Patterson had equally as impressive numbers as a sophomore, completing more than 61 percent of his passes for 2,655 yards with 34 touchdowns against four picks. He also rushed for 241 yards and three touchdowns while leading his team to a 2013 state title.

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