Ricky Town Commits to Alabama: Tide Land Class of 2015 5-Star Quarterback

Randy ChambersAnalyst IAugust 5, 2013

Credit: 247Sports
Credit: 247Sports

Breaking news: Alabama is extremely gifted at recruiting players and usually lands whoever the coaching staff has their eyes set on. OK, well maybe that's not exactly news to anybody who has paid attention to college football over the years.

The latest recruit to commit to Alabama is 5-star quarterback Ricky Town, according to Andrew Bone of TideSports.

So much for quarterback being an issue for the Tide once AJ McCarron graduates at the end of this season.

Town is a 2015 commitment from Ventura, CA who will eventually join 4-star 2013 recruit Cooper Bateman and 4-star 2014 recruit David Cornwell.

He is considered the top pro-style quarterback and the third best-overall player in the 2015 recruiting class, according to 247Sports. As usual, the Crimson Tide now have options just in case things don't work out one way or another.

Town seems sold on his decision and, like many Alabama recruits, he has one goal in mind, per Bone's report.

I talked to my family about it. We talked a long time. Every school had something to offer. It was a lot to consider. Alabama was the perfect fit me overall. I knew on Saturday. That's when I had the good feeling.

I talked to Coach Nuss on Saturday. I told him about it. He was fired up about it. Coach Saban said the university was extremely excited that I wanted to commit. I told him it was my honor. He told me I am a great player. I can lead Alabama to more national championships.

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Why not?

Although Town can't make his decision official for another year, he was already sitting on offers from Georgia, Texas, Miami, Stanford and USC among others. He visited with several of those schools, including attending UCLA's Junior Day in February. 

Another school that Town visited was Alabama, which won him over with ease, per the report.

I think that it is a special program, Town said after his first visit to Alabama. It would be an honor to be in a program like Alabama. They are all about creating the overall person, not just the football player. That is what really impressed me.

You are going to be a better football player and young man. That really caught my eye...my dad and I were the only two who came this time. We are going to bring my mom and brother back hopefully for a game.

Bringing the family to several games shouldn't be a problem now that the young man will make Tuscaloosa his new home during his college days.

It's nothing new for Alabama to land elite recruits each year, but this commitment may be the biggest in recent memory. Quarterback has been a major concern for this program with McCarron entering his last season. Experience was lacking at the position with several young recruits expected to grow up rather quickly. This commitment adds depth and will give Alabama a fighting chance in the future.

Town is a big recruit at 6'4" and has tremendous arm strength. He does a nice job of selling the play-action and shows good poise in the pocket. While he isn't an elite athlete, he also has underrated athleticism and does a nice job of taking care off the ball.

Alabama keeps on winning.

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