Ricky Town may be taking his talents to the SEC if current reports hold true.
Four-star quarterback recruit Ricky Town may not be without school for too long. On Monday, the freshman Town was granted his release from the USC Trojans. Not 24 hours later, reports have surfaced that Town could be headed to the SEC.
According to 247Sports, Town is looking for a program that runs a pro-style offense, and that two schools on his shortlist are Arkansas and Florida.
Arkansas starts senior Brandon Allen under center this season, and will be in the market for another quarterback next year. The Razorbacks will have a four-star QB in Brandon Allen returning, but he’ll be a junior next year and could get a push from Town. Bret Bielema constructs his squads like an NFL team – through the trenches – and runs an offense that translates nicely to the league. He also has a track record of sending QBs to the NFL – Scott Tolzien and, most notably, Russell Wilson.
As for Florida, from the moment Jim McElwain set foot in Gainesville he let it be known that he was open to taking quarterback applications. Neither Treon Harris nor Will Grier are his guys – at least not yet – and are remnants of the Will Muschamp and Kurt Roper era. Depending on how things go with Grier – the likely starter, who will be playing behind a nonexistent line – it could be a clear road for Town. McElwain, too, has a record of sending guys to the next level – most recently Garrett Grayson, who was the third QB taken in the 2015 draft.
Town has proven fickle throughout his recruitment and recent enrollment. The Ventura, California recruit committed to Alabama, but changed his mind late in the game and decided to stay close to home. After facing stiff competition from Cody Kessler and a stacked stable of quarterbacks Town sought less crowded pastures.
Though granted a release, Town is not completely free to enroll wherever he chooses. USC forbade Town, as part of the agreement, from joining any of the school’s future opponents – meaning Alabama, Arkansas State, BYU, Idaho, Notre Dame, Texas, UNLV, Utah State, Western Michigan and all Pac-12 teams are off the table.
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