Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh discusses the disappointing 31-20 loss to Ohio State in the regular season finale Saturday, Nov. 25,2017 at Michigan Stadium.
Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press

Michigan is interested in a few Ole Miss Rebels. 

As speculation continues to build over whether or not prized Ole Miss quarterback Shea Patterson will wind up in Ann Arbor as a transfer, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh spent some time Tuesday with one of Patterson’s Rebel teammates. 

Safety Deontay Anderson, the player who first petitioned Ole Miss and the Southeastern Conference for immediate transfer eligibility in the wake of the school’s NCAA sanctions, shared a photo of a lunch he had Tuesday with Jim Harbaugh via his SnapChat account. 

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An All-SEC second-team player as a true freshman in 2016, Anderson  —from Manvel, Texas — voluntarily sat out the 2017 season as a redshirt after Ole Miss received NCAA sanctions. 

He has since obtained the services of an attorney and has claimed he was misled by Ole Miss’ athletic department during his recruitment as it relates to the severity of the program’s rule violations and the subsequent penalties that would follow. 

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Ole Miss was hit with NCAA sanctions on Friday that featured bowl bans for both the 2017 and 2018 seasons as well as probation (through 2020), scholarship reductions and fines. The NCAA has reportedly allowed all Ole Miss’ rising seniors to transfer without an eligibility penalty due to the sanctions. Meaning they won’t have to sit out a season. 

Anderson and Patterson, who did play in seven games this season before going down with an injury, are both seeking a way around that rule with hopes of becoming immediately eligible. 

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A 6-foot-2, 203-pounder from Toledo by way of IMG Academy, Patterson was the No. 1-ranked pro-style quarterback in the country in 2016. As a sophomore, he threw for 2,259 yards (63.8 percent completion rate), 17 touchdowns and 9 interceptions before a knee injury ended his year. 

Multiple reports over the weekend claimed Patterson has been given his release to seek a…