The USC Trojans are known for having quarterbacks who make their way to the NFL, and they might have just gotten another one in high school prospect Ricky Town.
Town is a pro-style quarterback out of Ventura, Calif. in the 2015 draft class, and he's a special one, as he's ranked as the No. 5 overall recruit in 247Sports.com's composite rankings. He was originally set to play with the Alabama Crimson Tide, but he decommitted from Nick Saban's program, making the announcement over 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
Later the same day that Town made his announcement, Greg Biggins from Fox Sports tweeted that Town had officially committed to USC.
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
Town gave a statement via text to ESPN's Blair Angulo:
I'm proud to be a part of the Trojan Family I've seen many of the top programs and what they have to offer. However, when I had the chance to get on the USC campus last week and spend time with Coach Sarkisian and his staff, I knew after those meetings that USC is where I want to be.
The coaches are upbeat, focused and committed to winning and I completely believe in them. I chose USC because of the tradition, the academics and the incredible coaching staff. This is an amazing opportunity to be a part of something really special. Fight On!
While playing for a high-profile school like Alabama would have been great for most players, picking USC over other programs might have been the smartest decision that Town could have made.
The Trojans are known for having some of the best college quarterbacks over the past decade or two. While few have had consistent success in the NFL, names like Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart and Mark Sanchez all showed what they could do at USC.
There's certainly a trade-off to that, but the upside of choosing USC is that Town will be getting plenty of national recognition while at school. If he can play well enough on the field, NFL scouts will be taking notice.
As for the current quarterback situation at USC, Cody Kessler is the current starter with Max Wittek behind him, but both will be juniors next year and seniors once Town is finally on the team. Kessler has been good, but he hasn't been great at the position.
That means that there's a chance Town could play as a freshman—but there's an even better chance that he becomes the starter as a sophomore once Wittek and Kessler are gone.
Looking at what Town has done just as a junior, it's hard to not like what he's been been doing in high school. At 6'4'' and 205 pounds, he already has the prototypical size of a pro-ready quarterback, and he'll likely put on some muscle at the college level.
With a beautiful throwing motion, Town can make almost any throw with some terrific accuracy. He never gets jumpy in the pocket and does a great job climbing the pocket when under pressure. But what stands out the most is that he reads the field better than most do at his age, and that's something that scouts value higher than most aspects of a player.
Given what Town brings to the table, along with the current quarterback situation at USC, this looks like the perfect move for the 2015 recruit. He'll be looking to become the next great quarterback for the Trojans.