Thursday, July 18, 2013
Trojans offer another 2015 QB on Thurs.
By Blair Angulo and Erik McKinney
USC's recruitment of quarterbacks in the current recruiting cycle might be in disarray, but that hasn't prevented the Trojans from looking beyond this year's class.
In fact, not even a longtime verbal commitment from Class of 2015 quarterback David Sills (Elkton, Md./Eastern Christian Academy) kept USC from extending scholarship offers to two local standouts on Thursday. First, No. 1-rated signal-caller Josh Rosen (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) received the call from coaches Lane Kiffin and Clay Helton. Later in the day, ESPN Junior 300 quarterback Ricky Town (Ventura, Calif./St. Bonaventure) got the same.
"It was awesome," said the 6-foot-4 Town, the No. 2-rated quarterback in the 2015 class. "I talked to coach (Ed) Orgeron first and he said Coach Kiffin had some good news for me. I talked to Kiffin and he offered me."
Town, like Rosen and Sills, competed at USC's Rising Stars Camp in late June. The commitment of Keller Chryst (Palo Alto, Calif./Palo Alto), the only 2014 quarterback the Trojans have offered, to Stanford heightened the urgency.
Town said he was surprised that the offer came when it did, but felt good about adding the Trojans to his growing list.
"He said they definitely like my style of play and would love to have me as a Trojan one day," said Town, who has offers from the likes of Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Miami (Fla.), Texas and UCLA. "It's a special offer and one not very many people get. It's an honor and a blessing. It was a good conversation."
Like Rosen, Town said he's looking forward to touring the campus a bit more now that he knows USC is an option.
"I know a little bit [about USC]," he said. "I've watched their games a lot, but I would like to see the campus a little more. I went to camp with them and saw some of the facilities, which were really nice. I'd like to see a little more of the campus."
Town recently visited Alabama, Georgia and Texas for their on-campus events. He didn't exactly know what to expect on those visits, but said he enjoyed his time in the South.
Sills has been committed to USC for more than three years and hasn't wavered on that pledge. Town and Rosen both said the presence of another 2015 quarterback would not affect their thought process.
"Playing time is definitely in my list of priorities, but I know there's going to be competition anywhere you're going to go," Town said. "I know anywhere I go, I'm going to have to compete for time, but I don't mind competing against anybody."