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Arkansas wins big on ex-USC QB Ricky Town transfer

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USC’s loss will be Bret Bielema‘s gain at Arkansas, and it has potential to be a big gain. Quarterback Ricky Town will reportedly join the Arkansas Razorbacks. Joe Schad of ESPN.com was the first to report the transfer news. It’s a good day to be a Razorback.

Arkansas emerged as one of the leading candidates for the quarterback transfer, along with Florida. Both programs could use some help improving the position. This also brings Town back to the SEC West, where he had previously committed to Alabama before flipping to USC during his recruiting process. A reported desire to play in a pro-style offense was what Town was looking for, and that is certainly something Arkansas can provide. The question is just how soon will he be given a chance to start leading the Razorbacks offense? Town will have four years of eligibility after sitting out this season, so there is no rush to get him on the field, but 2016 would seem to be a reasonable enough expectation for Town to stake his case for the starting job under center.

Town requested a transfer from USC after the spring and head coach of the Trojans Steve Sarkisian reportedly agreed to allow for that. Despite being a talented recruit in USC’s Class of 2015, he was not going to get a chance to start for the Trojans this season unless Cody Kessler was injured.

“If I was going to transfer, I wanted to do it immediately as to not lose two years of eligibility,” Town said to Schad. “I’m excited to compete and to help Arkansas win games. It’s a long journey.”

Arkansas, Florida potential landing spots for USC transfer Ricky Town

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Before flipping his commitment to USC, Ricky Town had verballed to Alabama.  As it turns out, the once-prized quarterback could end up in the SEC after all.

Citing a source close to the situation, 247Sports.com is reporting that the erstwhile Trojan could have a new college football home in less than a week.  And, according to the recruiting service, Arkansas and Florida are considered contenders for the quarterback’s services.

Why?  The site writes that “Town is looking for a pro-style offense to play in when considering his next destination.” Obviously, both of those SEC programs run something akin to an NFL offense.

In addition to other Pac-12 programs, Town has been barred from transferring to future opponents Alabama, Arkansas State, Idaho, UNLV, Notre Dame, Utah State, Western Michigan, Texas and BYU.

Just a couple of days ago, it was confirmed that Town had decided to transfer out of USC after just a handful of months with the program.

Town was a four-star member of the Trojans’ most recent recruiting class, rated as the No. 5 pro-style quarterback in the country; the No. 20 player at any position in the state of California; and the No. 127 player overall according to Rivals.com.  In January of 2014, Town pulled his verbal commitment from Alabama and gave it to USC.

With Heisman hopeful Cody Kessler firmly entrenched as the starter, Town was widely expected to take a redshirt as a true freshman.  He was an early enrollee who took part in spring practice, but had seemingly fallen behind fellow 2015 signee Sam Darnold in the signal-calling pecking order.

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Report: 4-star QB signee Ricky Town transferring from USC

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That certainly didn’t take long.

Earlier this year, Ricky Town was one of the highest-rated members of USC’s 2015 recruiting class.  Fast-forward half a year, and it appears the quarterback’s time with the Trojans has come to an end.

According to a tweet from Varsity Preps director of scouting Demetric Warren, Towns has asked for, and been granted a release from, his USC scholarship.  No reason was given an abrupt departure that comes less than three weeks before the start of the 2015 season.

Scout.com‘s USC website subsequently confirmed the move.

Town was a four-star member of the Trojans’ most recent recruiting class, rated as the No. 5 pro-style quarterback in the country; the No. 20 player at any position in the state of California; and the No. 127 player overall according to Rivals.com.  In January of 2014, Town pulled his verbal commitment from Alabama and gave it to USC.

With Heisman hopeful Cody Kessler firmly entrenched as the starter, Town was widely expected to take a redshirt as a true freshman.  He was an early enrollee who took part in spring practice.

(Tip O’ the Cap: al.com)

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UPDATED 9:09 p.m. ET: Following practice Sunday, head coach Steve Sarkisian confirmed that Town has decided to transfer out of the USC football program.

2015 QB recruit who gave USC a verbal when he was 13 decommits

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It appears the speculation has, finally come to fruition.

In February of 2010 and as a 13-year-old seventh grader, David Sills verbally committed to — eventually — play his college football at USC.  Fast-forward to September of last year and the firing of the head coach to whom Sills committed, Lane Kiffin.  The rumors first sprouted at around that time, and only intensified when Ricky Town, the No. 2 pro-style quarterback in next year’s class, committed to the Trojans in late January.

Now, nearly five months to the day after Town’s pledge, Sills has apparently pulled his as the tweet from Scout.com‘s Brian Dohn attests:

To further buttress the report, Sills’ retweeted Dohn’s tweet on his personal Twitter account, although he’s yet to officially announce he’s pulled his verbal.

This also could be a case of a football program, with a new coaching staff in place, quietly pulling the scholarship offer made by the previous regime as has been speculated just a couple of weeks ago.

Regardless, and while Dohn states Sills currently has no leader, Bruce Feldman of FOXSports.com tweeted that West Virginia may now be a possibility.  With Kiffin now the offensive coordinator at Alabama — the school from which Town decommitted to commit to USC, incidentally — the Crimson Tide would also seem to be an option.  In fact, in mid April, Sills took a visit to Tuscaloosa.

The Tide already has one commitment from a touted 2015 recruit at the position: Blake Barnett, a four-star prospect rated by Rivals.com as the No. 3 dual-threat quarterback in the country.

That same recruiting site also gave Sills four stars and rates him as the No. 14 pro-style quarterback in the country.  The 6-3, 200-pound Maryland high schooler has scholarship offers from, among others and in addition to one from WVU, Boston College, Clemson, Maryland, Michigan and Virginia Tech.

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Top three 2015 Rivals.com QBs now committed to Pac-12 schools

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The Pac-12’s quarterbacking future’s so bright, it’s gotta wear shades — if recruiting rankings hold any weight, that is.

Friday evening, Newhall, Calif. high schooler Brady White verbally committed to play his college football at Arizona State next year.  In addition to the Sun Devils, the finalists for White’s verbal (for now) services were ASU conference rivals Cal and Oregon.

White is a touted four-star prospect in the Class of 2015, rated as the No. 3 pro-style quarterback in the country by Rivals.com.

The two pro-style quarterbacks ahead of White in next year’s class?  No. 1 Josh Rosen, committed to play at UCLA, and No. 2 Ricky Towns, committed to play at USC. So, yes, that means the top three pro-style quarterbacks in next year’s class are committed to Pac-12 schools.

To stretch it out even further when it comes to the Left Coast league, four of the top eight and five of the top 12 are committed to Pac-12 schools, the others being No. 8 Jake Browning (Washington) and No. 12 David Sills (USC, since the age of 13).

Interestingly, the No. 7 prospect in that group, Brett Rypien, is verbally committed to Boise State amongst all of the Power Five heavyweights who are heavily pursuing the nephew of former NFL quarterback — and Pac-12 great — Mark Rypien.

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