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Monday, August 5, 2013
Town's pledge helps Bama load up at QB

By Derek Tyson

With national signing day 2015 still a year and a half away, Alabama continued its recruiting roll, especially among quarterbacks, as No. 2 junior pocket passer (and No. 42 overall recruit) Ricky Town (Ventura, Calif./Saint Bonaventure) committed to Alabama on Monday.

It marks the third consecutive year that Alabama has received a commitment from a quarterback in the top 50 of the ESPN rankings, following the signing of No. 44 recruit Cooper Bateman (Salt Lake City/Cottonwood) for 2013, and the pledge earlier this summer of No. 32 2014 prospect David Cornwell (Norman, Okla./Norman North).

The recruiting process, especially for top quarterbacks, speeds up each year. Most college coaches want to have their future quarterback in place as early as possible so he can begin to help recruit players to join him.

Nick Saban & Co. wasted no time in identifying who they wanted for the 2015 class. The Tide brought in several junior quarterbacks for summer camp before offering Town, Tyler Queen (Kennesaw, Ga./North Cobb) and Ty Storey (Charleston, Ark./Charleston).

Town received the first offer and quickly became Saban's top choice.

At 6-foot-4, 190 pounds, Town has the size and arm strength to be successful on the next level. His ability as a play-action passer should work well in Alabama's run-heavy offense.

All five of Alabama's 2015 commits are in the ESPN Junior 300, as the team appears well on its way to another top-five recruiting class.