Alabama Crimson Tide: Ricky Town

Weekend recruiting wrap: SEC 

January, 27, 2014
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Less than two weeks remain until national signing day, and this was the second-to-last official visit weekend before Feb. 5. There were a couple of big decommitments, a few commitments and several key official visits. Here’s a closer look at all the latest recruiting news around the SEC.

Early Offer: Trojans get their QB 

January, 27, 2014
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The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today’s offerings: Steve Sarkisian and USC landed a major building block for their future this past weekend when a blue-chip 2015 quarterback committed; a longtime Texas commit flipped to rival Texas A&M on Sunday; and a five-star cornerback said he will narrow his list to four schools early this week.


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Early Offer: Tough sledding in Utah 

January, 23, 2014
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The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today’s offerings: With Kenyon Frison's decision to decommit from Utah, it likely means three of the top five players in state are going end up at programs other than BYU or Utah; Nick Saban headed West Wednesday to visit the high schools of the top two quarterbacks in the 2015 class; and Washington filled a major hole in its recruiting class Wednesday by landing quarterback Kyle Carta-Samuels.


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When reports surfaced that Michigan will hire Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier, one of the natural reactions for both Alabama and Michigan fans was to wonder how it would impact Crimson Tide 2015 quarterback commit Ricky Town (Ventura, Calif./St. Bonaventure).

The No. 22 overall prospect in the ESPN Junior 300 and No. 2 quarterback in the 2015 class has been committed to Alabama since August.


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Programs off to fast start in 2015 

November, 19, 2013
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While recruiting is undoubtedly a marathon and not a sprint, that doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with a good start.

The key for any program is being able to sustain and finish strong, and only time will tell which programs will be able to do that, but what we do know is which teams are off to a fast start in the Class of 2015. Below are the five programs that are leading the pack early for 2015, as well as a few other notable fast starters:


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There is not a single position more important in any sport than quarterback. With LSU and Alabama set for their annual showdown on Saturday, and both starting signal callers being seniors, it's time to take a look ahead at what the position holds following the graduation of Zach Mettenberger and AJ McCarron.

When looking at the future of quarterback recruiting for both SEC powers, one has to start with a look back at the 2013 signing class, as signal callers from that class likely will figure prominently in the future race for both teams.


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#AskLoogs: Projecting Tide in 2015

August, 28, 2013
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The recruiting calendar just seems to become more and more accelerated, and that means coaching staffs must internally evaluate their current numbers, depth and talent level projecting at least two years out. At Alabama, perhaps as much or more than any other program in college football right now, this also means they must prepare for early departures to the NFL, which can sneak up on you and leave you with unexpected holes if you don’t prepare in advance. As it stands right now, Alabama has five verbal commitments, all of which are in the ESPN Junior 300. At quarterback they are adding more youth and depth to enhance competition at the position, considering they do not yet know who will succeed AJ McCarron. They got one of the two best West Coast QBs in Ricky Town out of California. Right now it might look like Alabama is stocked at running back, but if history tells us anything, those guys are three-and-out NFL draft choices, which is why RB DeSherrius Flowers is a must in-state take and a nice fit for the power run game — a blend between Mark Ingram and T.J. Yeldon. DE Mekhi Brown has a Barkevious Mingo feel to him. Mingo was about 185 pounds out of high school as an explosive edge rusher, and Brown is built in a similar mold, but is likely to play in the role currently occupied by Adrian Hubbard. OG Dallas Warmack (should be a familiar name to Bama fans) and S Deionte Thompson round out this early crop. To be honest, the earlier you gain commits, the more you have to project and the bigger the risk. This is why Alabama has traditionally avoided a high volume of underclassman commits, unless they can get them in camp early on.
RecruitingNation released its first ever ESPN junior 300 in mid-July, and a slew of already committed prospects have put six programs off to an electric start in the 2015 recruiting cycle. With the college season just days away, here are the fast starters with future commitments on the horizon.


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Video: Luginbill on Ricky Town

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Alabama picked up a commitment from Ricky Town, the No. 2 pocket-passer in the 2015 class. Tom Luginbill breaks down what it means for the Crimson Tide.
The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's latest feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting each morning. Today's offerings: the recruiting battle in the Big 12 expands beyond the Red River rivalry, Alabama is the new Quarterback U and the Badgers' chances with one of the nation’s best backs.

Frogs, Bears legit Big 12 threats

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Town's pledge helps Bama load up at QB 

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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.


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Summer recruit wrap: Alabama 

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The summer is almost over. The majority of camps are complete as schools have turned their focus to the beginning of the season. For Alabama, the camp season resulted in a handful of new commitments as well a plethora of new scholarship offers extended to 2014, 2015 and even some 2016 prospects.

This week, we take a look at the top 10 storylines and trends from the summer and look ahead to what’s next for the Crimson Tide.

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1. Camps focus on rebuilding the line

The camp season affects all positions, but the best evaluation comes from the 1-on-1 drills between the offensive and defensive linemen. Alabama used its camps to find talent up front as the staff looks to rebuild both lines. ESPN 300 offensive guard Viane Talamaivao (Corona, Calif./Centennial) committed to the Tide in late May before the camps began. Since that point, Alabama has added three more offensive linemen including center prospect J.C. Hassenauer (Woodbury, Minn./East Ridge), one of the stars of The Opening. On defense, Johnny Dwight (Rochelle, Ga./Wilcox County) was one of the top performers from the first camp. He earned an offer and committed on spot.


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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The process of finding a quarterback at the University of Alabama is no secret. It doesn’t matter how many stars you have. It doesn’t matter how many offers you have -- you still have to come to the Crimson Tide’s camp and throw in front of head coach Nick Saban because ultimately, he makes the final decision.

The only problem with that strategy is that college camps are held in the summertime. If you wait until the summer before a kid’s senior year, a lot of times it’s too late. That’s especially true with quarterbacks.


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2015 ESPN 300 targets: Alabama 

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It’s never too early to start looking ahead to the 2015 class. The University of Alabama already has three commitments and could add another by the end of the week. With the Tuesday’s debut of the 2015 ESPN 300 rankings, we take a look at the Crimson Tide’s top 10 targets for 2015.

1. DT Daron Payne (Birmingham, Ala./Shades Valley)
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ESPN 300 rank: 30

The word got out quickly on Payne. In May, the ESPN 300 defensive lineman picked up his first offer, and in little over a week he already had six offers, including both major in-state programs, Alabama and Auburn. This summer, he moved to the top of the Tide’s board with a dominant performance at their OL/DL camp. Many believed he was the top lineman in attendance regardless of class. The rising junior is the top player in the state for 2015.


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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The 2014 quarterbacks took center stage at Alabama’s camp this week, but a 2015 prospect who traveled the longest distance left a lasting impression on the Crimson Tide.

Ricky Town, a 6-foot-4, 205-pound quarterback from Ventura, Calif., arrived in Tuscaloosa on Sunday and stayed through Tuesday.

“It was awesome,” he said. “The camp was really fun. Working out with Coach [Doug] Nussmeier, getting to meet him and build that relationship was really cool. Getting privately trained by him and having him help me with some mechanical stuff, it was really cool.”


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