One of the most heralded prospects south Texas has seen will no longer call the Valley home. Hidalgo freshman quarterback Shea Patterson, the 2012 RGVSports.com All-Valley Newcomer of the Year who verbally committed last winter to play for the University of Arizona, is leaving the school after his father Sean accepted a promotion in Shreveport earlier this month.
Initially, it was time the former McAllen High boys basketball standout thought he didn't have. It was a year away from the game he adored, a personal redshirt year. Two solid seasons at Navy birthed nothing but uncertainty. Avila felt his basketball career was in jeopardy. "There were down points," Avila said.