Four-star quarterback Ricky Town has chosen to leave USC, and two SEC teams have already emerged as the front-runners to land him. Per Steve Wiltfong of 247 Sports, Town is looking for a team that runs a pro-style offense and two schools in Arkansas and Florida have already expressed interest.
It’s an interesting situation for Town, as terms of his release from USC state that he cannot transfer to any other Pac-12 school along with Alabama, Notre Dame, Texas and others, as those programs all play USC in the future.
Just the same, Arkansas and Florida are two intriguing potential destinations considering how neither program recruited him while he was still at California’s Saint Bonaventure High School.
As tempting as playing there may be, however, Arkansas is not exactly a top fit for Town.
Head coach Bret Bielema has done a great job rebuilding the program, but his offense focuses more on the running game than it does on the pass, as the Razorbacks finished 28th in the nation in rushing offense in 2014 compared to 96th in passing offense.
Granted, that could just be because Bielema has yet to have a top quarterback or receiver since coming to Fayetteville from Wisconsin a few years ago, but his offense is still tailored to the running back and Town would not exactly be an ideal fit.
Florida, on the other hand, could be a program in which Town does very well. New head coach Jim McElwain is an offensive coach, and his Colorado State Rams finished 18th in total offense last season and ninth in passing offense. He has yet to coach a single game for the Gators, but is already developing a reputation as an excellent recruiter and the fans are optimistic that he can turn the program around after Will Muschamp’s inconsistent tenure.
Nothing is official on either program’s front regarding Town, but Campus Sports will update this story as more information becomes available.
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