LOS ANGELES, Calif. Last week elite 2015 Ricky Town from St. Bonaventure took an unofficial visit to USC, and the speculation began that he could end up decommitting from Alabama and committing to USC in the near future.
Today, Town did decommit from Alabama and committed to USC Saturday night after a second unofficial visit.
A statement from Town:
"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.
Town is ranked the No. 5 overall prospect in the nation, the No. 2 ranked Pro-Style QB and No. 2 player in Calif. by the 247Sports Composite.
Town had this to say about USC when we talked by phone late Saturday night.
The process of deciding USC could be a school Town was seriously considering didn't begin until Steve Sarkisian took over and a new staff was in place at USC.
"I have a great relationship with Sark, Coach Tui and Clay Helton," Town said. "All of those guys have been recruiting me for a long time and I feel very comfortable with them and that they can help me reach my goals."
He really began to feel USC was potentially the right school for him after his first unofficial visit last weekend and the visit this weekend sealed the deal for the Trojans.
"When I took my visit last weekend to USC, I started to think it was the right fit for me and the place I felt most comfortable at," Town said. "After the visit tonight, I knew it was the school I wanted to commit to and the coaches were ecstatic when I told them. I had never had a chance to visit USC until last week and I love everything about the school, the coaching staff and the opportunity USC provides me academically.
"The Trojan Family and the alumni network is definitely something that was a big factor in my decision to commit to USC. If football wasn't work out for me as a career, I know I will have a great opportunity to succeed at what I want to achieve in life. That is a big deal."
Being able to attend the same school and play football in college with teammates Bryce Dixon and Davonte Nunnery was also intriguing to Town.
"Those are my Bros," said Town. "I love having an opportunity to continue to play with those two and attend the same school."
Town isn't sure what his major will be at this point and he expects to continue to be recruited as he was after he committed to to USC.
Is he done with the recruiting process?
"Let's just say I am extremely happy with my decision," he said.
USC has some talented QBs in their arsenal and that doesn't faze Town.
"I know USC has a number of talented QBs, including Max Browne, but I would have to compete at any school for the starting job and I love competition," said Town. "My approach is I will compete with anyone to become the starting QB, but if that doesn't happen, I will keep working hard until I am the starting QB."
We asked Town if he plans on being the lead recruiter with all the commits for USC?
"Absolutely," said Town. "I will do everything I can to help USC bring the best players in the country. That is something all QBs want to do. We want the best WRs, best RBs, best OL and the best players at other positions coming in to help us win a National Championship at USC."