How 2015 5-Star Ricky Town Impacts Future of Alabama QB Depth Chart
The best want to play with the best, and undoubtedly, Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide can provide elite recruits with that opportunity.
Max Olson of ESPN.com reported on the commitment:
Alabama has landed a commitment from quarterback Ricky Town (Ventura, Calif./St. Bonaventure), the No. 2-ranked pocket passer in the Class of 2015.
The four-star prospect is No. 42 in the ESPN Junior 300 and chose the Tide over Texas, Georgia and Stanford. After visiting each of those schools this summer, he was ready to end his recruitment.
"It's been a long time coming," said his father, Rick Town. "Texas, Georgia and Stanford made it tough on him, and he liked all of those schools. Alabama just had too many boxes checked. He really felt like it was a great fit for him."
Of course Alabama is a great fit for the aspiring college football quarterback. All Town has to do is look to current 'Bama quarterback A.J. McCarron and use him as an example of what he could become in the future.
Speaking of the future, though the McCarron era is on its final lap, Saban and his staff have done a great job stockpiling quarterbacks through recruiting.
Blake Sims will be a redshirt senior in 2014, and he'll have the most experience once McCarron leaves. That said, he's not necessarily a long-term option, so the true future of the quarterback position lies in the most recent classes.
The name you have to know is Cooper Bateman. He was ranked as the No. 4 pro-style quarterback in the 2013 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings, and he enrolled early in January of 2013. Bateman is a quarterback with big stature (6'3'', 195 pounds), a huge arm and a beautiful throw. With a season of preparation under his belt, Bateman could challenge to be the "next man up" for Alabama. Parker McLeod, a 2013 pro-style quarterback, is another young arm that Saban and his staff could mold.
Speaking of beautiful throws, that leads the conversation directly to 2014 quarterback commit David Cornwell. Though he won't be official until signing day 2014, if you're looking for a quarterback with the tools to be elite, Cornwell would be the guy.
He's 6'5'', 241 pounds, but has the athleticism of a much smaller quarterback. His stature and size allow him to heave the ball down the field, but Cornwell is also accurate and surprisingly mobile. He can extend plays with his feet and is exceptionally precise when throwing on the run.
There have been some concerns about him this summer stemming from an inconsistent performance at the Elite 11, but rest assured, Cornwell has the raw talent to become great with the proper coaching.
He'll find that coaching at Alabama, and that's another reason a quarterback like Town would find it hard to leave the Tide.
He committed to a program with great depth at quarterback, so Town will have to be on his A-game if he wants to stand out among the talented group of signal-callers who will be in front of him.
If Bateman doesn't live up to expectations, perhaps McLeod will. If not those two, Cornwell certainly has the potential to be a star for the Crimson Tide.
It's anybody's guess how things will shake up, but one thing is certain: there doesn't project to be a dropoff in talent in the post-McCarron era.
In fact, it may only get better.
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