July 31, 2013

Town breaks it down

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Summer 2013 is drawing to a close for most of the nation's top prospects, but that doesn't bother Saint Bonaventure (Ventura, Calif.) quarterback Ricky Town.

The star signal caller is just a rising junior, but it would be hard to find a prospect that had a bigger summer in terms of offers from major programs and travel.

"It began with Alabama. I went there in early June and got an offer there," Town said of his summer. "Then from there I went to Texas. I did well there and got an offer there. Literally, from Texas we flew right to Georgia. My dad and I flew to Georgia. I had a really good time there and really enjoyed myself, and I would later get an offer from Georgia. Georgia offered in early July. Then we went closer to home to USC, and I got an offer from them a little later. So I had four camps this summer and four offers."

It isn't often that a West Coast prospect decides to spend his college career playing in the SEC, but there has been speculation that Town actually prefers to play in the 14-team conference.

According to the Golden State prospect, he has no problem leaving the Pacific Time Zone but he has no real preference on a conference at the next level.

"You know, it would be nice to stay close to home, but it is not a necessity at all. I don't need to stay close to home or anything. I'll definitely go to the school that fits me best," he said. "I think the SEC is a great league. Obviously with the players and the hype about it, it would be awesome to be a part of it and play that competition. I don't know if I would use the word 'prefer' because I would love to play in any conference. As long as I am playing college football, that will be pretty sweet, but the SEC does appeal to me a lot."

One school, Georgia, currently has Town as its sole target at the quarterback position as the Bulldogs have only offered one triggerman in this class.

After spending a couple of days on the UGA campus this summer, Town has major interest in the Bulldogs in return.

"I thought the surrounding area in Athens was beautiful," Town said when asked what he likes about UGA. "It was a really cool spot to be at. All of the coaches, Coach (Mike) Bobo especially, they were really cool. They took me under their wing and made me part of the family for a couple of days so that was a good feeling. The camp was fun and I like the way they coach. It was just a good time there."

Another thing that stands out about UGA to Town is Mark Richt and Bobo's success with developing quarterbacks.

"It is something that catches my eye with Georgia," Town said of UGA's quarterback development under Richt. "They are producing quarterbacks right now and it is something I have to consider. It definitely catches my eye."

At this point in his recruitment, Town says that he has no leaders or top group of schools.

He does, however, have a list of things he is looking for in a program.

"The first thing I'm looking at in a school right now is the offense and what they are running," he said. "Preferably I would like to stay in a pro style offense right now. That is where I'm comfortable. That isn't to say that I can't run any type of offense, but I feel I fit the pro style more than anything else. Then I'm looking at the coaching staff. I'm looking at tradition with the rituals and atmosphere. I'm looking at academics. I'm also looking at who is at the school. I'm looking to see what recruits they are getting and what guys are already there."

A timeline for a decision is also something Town hasn't nailed down yet, but the 2015 prospect says that he hopes to get back to the southeast to see a couple of games this fall.

"I'm really not sure," Town said regarding a decision. "It could be next month or it could be at the end of the season. I'm not sure. I'm trying to get down to games at Georgia and Alabama. I hear those are incredible so I want to get down there."

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