Although just a sophomore, Ricky Town showed poise well beyond his years and has a chance to be a very special player by the time he's a senior. He completed his first 14 passes in the game with a pretty solid pass rush coming at him on just about every play.
His pocket awareness and feel for the rush would have been exceptional for a senior. For a sophomore, it was mind blowing. He scrambled for 1st downs when he needed to or showed the vision to check down and hit a receiver or back out of the backfield for positive yards.
Town has an ideal frame that he can grow in to, and has every physical tool you could want. He's very accurate, throws with touch or with velocity when he needs to and is already very smart and heady in terms of his decision making. He doesn't force throws and as he continues to develop, there is no doubt he has all the ability to be a national recruit in two years.
"I had a blast out there, it was an honor to play a team like Santa Margarita," Town said following the game. "It was a great opportunity for our program, they're a great team and it was a great game and a lot of fun to be a part of.
"We knew coming in that they were very physical up front on both sides of the line but I thought we matched up very well with them. We have some great lineman too and they gave me a lot of time to make plays out there. We were very well prepared ahead of time. We knew their defense so we did a good job with our pre-snap reads and I thought we were ready for every situation out there because of how well we practice and how well our coaches prepare us."
Although it's still very early, Town is already getting some major college attention and could be close to landing his first scholarship offer.
"Miami is close to offering and I'm going to visit them next month," Town said. "I'm also hearing from UCLA, Michigan, Oklahoma State and Nebraska. I would love to hear more from California. I grew up next to the school and used to go to a lot of games. It would be awesome to play at Cal for Coach Tedford.
"Right now, I'm looking for a school with a strong football program that runs a pro-style offense. Location doesn't really matter to me. It would be great to stay close to home but I have no problem leaving if it's the best opportunity for me. It's still early for me so I haven't even thought much about when I want to make my decision, I just want to enjoy my team and go through the recruiting process right now."