There is a new No. 1 as far as college football’s class of 2015 is concerned.
The Ventura, Calif., native jumped up two spots from his previous No. 3 ranking. Former No. 1 and 5-star defensive end Canton Kaumatule dropped five spots to No. 6.
Town—who flipped from Alabama to the Trojans last month after offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier left the Tide for the University of Michigan—is certainly deserving of the honor.
A U.S. Army All-American, Town’s junior season at St. Bonaventure was plagued by injuries. However, he was impressive in his sophomore season back in 2012, throwing for 2,400 yards and 23 touchdowns while rushing for another 180 yards and two scores.
It’s his throwing motion and calmness in the pocket that make Town one of the most coveted prospects in the class. He doesn’t get bothered by the pass rush and has the accuracy to deliver passes with pinpoint precision.
That’s something USC could have desperately used in 2013, ranking just No. 72 in passing offense (227.1 YPG).
Other than Town, several other prospects made significant leaps in 247Sports’ latest rankings.
Defensive ends Josh Sweat and Jalen Dalton, along with wide receiver Preston Williams, were christened with fresh 5-star ratings. Sweat made the jump 43 spots up to No. 10 overall, Williams moved 32 spots up to No. 26 and Dalton shot 85 spots up to No. 30 overall.
But with 2015’s national signing day nearly a year away, these rankings should be taken with a grain of salt.
A lot can still change from now until then.