Town Lands Stanford Offer

It seemed like only a matter of time before Stanford offered one of the top quarterback prospects in the 2015 class. What wasn't expected was that quarterback would be Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure's Ricky Town...

For the longest time, it seemed like only a matter of time before Stanford offered elite Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco 2015 quarterback Josh Rosen. Rosen had camped with Stanford, made no secret for his affinity for the Cardinal and the feeling looked very mutual.

Last Friday, Ricky Town camped with Stanford and then attended the Cardinal Junior Day the following day. Tuesday morning, the signal caller woke up to some very big news.

"My dad got a message that I needed to call Coach Shaw," Town said. "I called him up and he told me they liked what they saw at the camp and wanted to offer me a scholarship. I was really excited and Stanford is definitely a school I like a lot and have a lot of interest in.

"Coach Sanford had come to see me throw at my school but Coach Shaw hadn't seen me before. I thought I did well and got some great feedback from all the coaches. There was only about two receivers and two defensive backs there and we threw for about an hour and a half. It was a real small group so we got a ton of reps. It was a great workout and like I said, the offer definitely means a lot to me."

Town had visited Stanford for a Junior Day earlier in the spring and said he was already familiar with the campus.

"I still had a good time seeing the place again and go to ask some questions that I didn't have before," Town said. "Stanford is a great program and obviously the academics speak for themselves. They have a great coaching staff and I'm really going to think hard about Stanford right now."

The feeling prior to the offer from Stanford was Alabama might be the team to beat for Town. Are the Tide still on top for the signal caller?

"I've never actually named a leader but I do like Alabama a lot," Town said. "Alabama and Stanford are definitely two schools I'm going to look hard at. It's funny, you can't find two schools that are more different but in some ways, they're pretty similar. They both run pro-style offenses, play tough defense and have great coaching staffs.

"Alabama is in the SEC and football is just crazy out there. I heard they got 90,000 fans for their spring game. Growing up, I always wanted to play in that kind of environment. Saying that, Stanford has the academics, nothing can compare to that and just like with playing in front of a crazy fan base, I always wanted to play for a school that offered great academics as well.

"It's definitely going to be a very tough decision for me. I still have a lot of time with it since I'm still just a junior. I was going to try and visit Alabama in the summer but I won't be able to do that. I still plan to go out there for a game this year the weekend we have a bye. I'm also going to visit Georgia, Texas and Stanford to watch a game. My head is kind of spinning right now and I've been thinking about this all day. I need to focus on St. Bonaventure football for now and when the time comes to make my decision, I'll go ahead and deal with it at that time."

BRO Editor's Note: Town had previously mentioned UCLA prominently.

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for
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