Breaking: Ricky Town Transferring to Arkansas

Arkansas will add to its quarterback stable with the addition of former USC signee Ricky Town, who decided to transfer Friday after spending the last two days checking out the Razorbacks.

Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema will add yet another four-star quarterback to the mix in the quest to see who will follow fifth-year starter Brandon Allen in the spot next season.

Former Ventura, Calif., St. Bonaventure star, USC signee and enrollee and U.S. Army All-American Ricky Town announced his decision to transfer from USC to Arkansas on Friday after visiting the Razorbacks for the past two days.

"Coach Bielema is a great person," Town told ESPN's Joe Schad. "This is the first time my family and I had been to Arkansas and it was great. We fell in love with the place."

He passed for 192-of-290 for over 2,800 yards and 32 touchdowns as a senior and feels like he fits into Arkansas' Pro-Style offense.

"Great system," Town said. "They said the quarterback is like a coach on the field. Not just simple reads. There are a lot of protections and it is really a chess game. I want to be a point guard on the field."

Bielema officially announced the signing on Friday afternoon.

"Ricky is a very talented young man who comes from a great family," Bielema said. "He is the kind of uncommon person we are looking for and will fit into our program athletically, academically and socially," Bielema said.

Town, once an Alabama commitment. signed with USC and enrolled last January and went through spring drills with the Trojans, but decided two weeks into fall practice to leave the program.

He must redshirt this season under NCAA rules, but will have four years to play four after that.

"If I was going to transfer, I wanted to do it immediately as to not lose two years of eligibility," Town told Schad. "I'm excited to compete and to help Arkansas win games. It's a long journey."

Town will join a quarterback roster for Arkansas that includes redshirt sophomore Austin Allen, redshirt freshman Rafe Peavey and true freshman Ty Storey, who were all four-star prospects coming out of high school.

Arkansas also has a commitment from 2016 Louisiana prep quarterback Cole Kelly, who said he remains firmly committed to Arkansas even with Town's addition.

Town can begin practicing with the Razorbacks on Monday when classes start.

"I am thrilled to be part of the Razorback family," Town said. "The staff and the players have made Fayetteville feel like home to me. I can't wait to get started and help Arkansas win a championship."

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