Elite 2015 QB Town to 'Bama

Alabama has recruited the West Coast much harder in recent years, but on Monday it may have landed its top California prospect of the Nick Saban era in Ricky Town. The class of 2015 quarterback may be the top junior passer in America.

When 6-foot-4, 205-pound quarterback prospect Ricky Town picked up an offer from the in-state Stanford Cardinal last week, it seemed like his recruitment would be more of a drawn-out process despite elite offers from schools around the country.

It was shaping up to be a Stanford - Alabama battle after arguably the top junior passer in the country had offers from each program. Then, perhaps surprisingly, multiple reports Monday said he ended his recruitment on Monday by pledging to the Crimson Tide.

"Alabama is in the SEC and football is just crazy out there," he told Scout last week. "I heard they got 90,000 fans for their spring game. Growing up, I always wanted to play in that kind of environment."

The rising-junior could be the highest-ranked quarterback recruit signed by the Tide during the Nick Saban era.

"Town is a tremendous prospect who will be the No. 1 prospect on the loaded West Coast 2015 class as well as the No. 1 overall quarterback prospect in the nation," said Scout.com National Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins. "He has arguably the quickest releases in the nation, is very solid mechanically and has an advanced feel for the position.

"Town is a very cerebral quarterback who is years ahead in terms of his ability to read a defense and quickly go through his progressions. Physically he'll need to fill out and gain upper body strength but has the frame to do so. His arm strength is solid and he's very comfortable moving around the pocket, making that first guy miss and throwing on the run.

"He's an ideal fit in Alabama's offense as he's a true pro style quarterback who plays under center and is comfortable taking an actual three, five and even seven step drop," he continued. "He shows incredible poise in the pocket, never looks rattled and is the guy you want leading your team late in the game when you need a game winning drive. To land a kid with Town's ability from the other side of the country this early in the process is an absolute huge coup for the Tide."

The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Town, out of Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure, is the fifth commitment in Alabama's class of 2015 and the second offensive pledge along with offensive lineman Dallas Warmack.

Highlights of Alabama's newest commitment are available below.

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