Highly touted quarterback Ricky Town announced his decommitment from the 2015 Alabama Crimson Tide recruiting class, and the USC Trojans have to be grinning ear to ear.
Town, from Ventura, Calif., made his announcement via Twitter:
Today I have de-committed from Alabama. It was an honor to get to know Coach Saban and the Alabama fans. Thank you!— Ricky Town (@RickyTownQB) January 25, 2014
In 247 Sports' composite ranking, Town is rated as the fifth-best recruit in this class and the second-best pro-style quarterback in the class.
At ESPN, Derek Tyson reported that the departure of offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier caused Town to start wavering on his Alabama future.
Tyson also reports that Town is fresh off an unofficial visit to USC and that the Trojans will be laying on a full-court press to land him. In fact, Town may be making a second trip to USC:
St. Bonaventure QB Ricky Town is making second unofficial visit to #USC in a week today— InsideUSC (@InsideUSC) January 25, 2014
Tyson points out that "many believe that the Trojans are now the front-runner for his services."
This is good news for USC for many reasons, the least of which is not Town's potential.
He is 6'4", 205 pounds, and if the 4.6 time in the 40-yard dash that is reported on 247 is accurate, Town will be a decent threat in the run game, which will only be a bonus to go along with his passing abilities.
Town is skinny, but he has the frame to add bulk and will undoubtedly do so with commitment to the weight room.
The good news doesn't stop with the potential positive impact Town can make on the field. USC needs some recruiting victories.
The Trojans have long been a recruiting powerhouse. That standing has been slipping, however. Over the last year, USC has seen its share of decommits.
In fact, 247 Sports currently has the Trojans 2014 class ranked 30th in the nation and falling.
If the Trojans do land Town, it is going to be a heck of a lot easier to get top-flight receivers to follow, and it will be a sign to everyone that new coach Steve Sarkisian has USC getting quickly back on track.
That brings me to the final thing worth mentioning. Sarkisian accepted the USC gig after the Trojans dumped former head coach Lane Kiffin in the middle of this past season.
Have to wonder if Kiffin's shaky track record with QBs has anything to do with 5-star recruit Ricky Town decommitting from Alabama today.— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) January 25, 2014
I don't know how much any of that situation will help USC in future recruiting, but at the very least it is nice for the Trojans to get a leg up on the Crimson Tide (as well as their former coach) on the recruiting trail.