USC scored arguably the biggest coup of the 2015 recruiting cycle when it added 5-star pro-style quarterback Ricky Town, a former Alabama commit.
Town withdrew his verbal pledge to the Crimson Tide in January, shortly after former USC head coach Lane Kiffin was hired to replace Doug Nussmeier as Alabama's offensive coordinator. The timing prompted speculation, including from Dan Wolken of USA Today via Twitter.
But because Town never explained why he changed his commitment, Cecil Hurt of TideSports.com (subscription required) notes there is more speculation than substance:
Town hasn't said anything on the issue but a lot of people think he passed on USC because Kiffin was there, and will now bypass Alabama and end up a Trojan. Others say it isn't Kiffin's presence so much as it is Doug Nussmeier's departure. Others, perhaps wiser, realize it could have been any of a hundred things that cross the mind of a 17-year old, a part of the growing trend of de-commitments around the country.
Rather, Greg Biggins of Scout.com credited USC assistant coach Marques Tuiasosopo for a job well done in pursuing Town's commitment.
Town is a Southern California product, playing his prep football at St. Bonaventure High School in Ventura. He is the nation's No. 3 pro-style quarterback, according to 247Sports, and the prototype of the highly touted prospects that the Trojans brought in throughout the Pete Carroll era.
The Trojans also added an East Coast prospect, 3-star David Sills of Eastern Christian High School in Elkton, Maryland. Sills committed to USC in Feb. 2010, per 247Sports.
He visited a number of schools in the spring, including USC, as well as Eastern universities such as West Virginia, Boston College and Maryland.