Updates from Saturday, Jan. 25
According to Fox Sports' Greg Biggins, 5-star QB Ricky Town has committed to USC after decommitting from Alabama:
Town was on campus earlier and committed before heading out to dinner, Trojan assistant coach Marques Tuiasosopo did a great job with the QB— Greg Biggins (@GregBiggins) January 26, 2014
Nick Saban is still preparing his 2014 recruiting class, but the Alabama coach is suddenly down one quarterback in the Class of 2015 after 5-star recruit Ricky Town renounced his commitment on Saturday, Jan. 25.
Town announced the decision on Twitter, thanking Saban for the opportunity:
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
His decommitment comes a little more than five months after he initially said he was going to Alabama. A breakout star at St. Bonaventure in Ventura, Calif., Town's commitment in August seemingly gave stability to the Tide's quarterback situation after the departure of A.J. McCarron.
It's unknown whether the Crimson Tide are still in the running for Town's services, though his message seemed to indicate some level of finality. With plenty of time remaining between now and the 2015 national signing day, it's possible that Saban and his staff could coax Town into reaffirming his commitment. It would be far from the first time something like that has happened.
Either way, the Tide won't have a shortage of competitors for the QB's services. As noted by 247 Sports, Town has no fewer than 10 offers on the table, including ones from USC, Florida State and Texas. The Southern Cal offer is particularly interesting, as
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 asked him what they're going to do offensively and if anything will change. He told me that it's going to stay the same concept-wise and that they're still going to be running the pro-style offense, with a sped-up tempo. I like that- I think that's cool. We run an uptempo pro-style here at St. Bonaventure, as well.