Even though the recruiting process is in full swing for the class of 2014, a number of the biggest collegiate football programs have already started to target some of the top prospects in the class of 2015 and St. Bonaventure (Ventura, Calif.) quarterback Ricky Town is an example of that.
“Recruiting is going really great, especially with me only being a sophomore,” said Town in somewhat disbelief. “I'm already blessed to have three offers from Miami, UCLA and Arizona State, so everything’s going really well and I'm still talking to a lot of coaches and visiting a lot of campuses.”
Programs such as Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Penn State, Stanford, USC and Washington have all started the evaluation process with the 6-foot-4, 205-pound signal caller and it looks like plenty of more offers should be coming in the near future.
“I always dreamed about this happening, ever since I was a kid, but I never thought it would happen this fast,” admitted the St. Bonaventure standout. “It's definitely been really exciting and I'm enjoying the process so far.”
Though it's still way early, one program that Town is hoping to hear from is the Irish. His interest in Notre Dame has built up over the years, especially since one of his biggest role models and friend starred on the big stage in South Bend.
“I'm absolutely interested in Notre Dame,” he admitted. “I've always been a Notre Dame fan and it would be an honor to hear from them. I've grown up training with Jimmy Clausen and I’ve learned a lot about Notre Dame through our discussions.
“Jimmy is a great guy and I've grown up getting to know him and his family and they are amazing people. He’s definitely inspired me because he's already been successful at the college level and played for a top team like Notre Dame. I'm hoping to follow in his footsteps by being a successful college quarterback myself and he’s a great inspiration to me.
“I know Notre Dame’s a great school, with a great football program, and I love the history behind it all. It's definitely a school I'm hoping to hear from during recruiting.”
Looking at the talented sophomore’s body of work it's easy to see why so many college recruiters are already interested in the young quarterback.
The California native helped lead the Seraphs to an 11-2 record last season and finished the year passing for over 3,000 yards (70% completion rating) with 30 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
“I don't think there's really a specific word for describing my playing style because I'm not like every other quarterback,” claimed Town. “I can be a drop-back passer, stay in the pocket and make any throw, but I also have great feet and can get outside of the pocket and make plays on the run also. I feel that makes me a dual-threat.”
He admits there are things he’s still working on also.
“I'm planning on getting bigger and I'm hoping to be about 225 pounds by the time I’m a senior,” he added. “I'm getting better at the mental aspect of the game and I’m trying to master that because I believe that's what sets these elite quarterbacks apart from the average quarterback.
“To be a great quarterback you have to have great decision-making and be a leader both on and off the field. That is something I'm definitely going to keep improving on.”
I have a feeling this will be a prospect Irish fans will want to keep their eyes on as things progress, but for the time being the waiting game has commenced as Town watches anxiously to see if the Irish will end up in his neck of the woods sometime this year.
“If Notre Dame decides to show me interest or offers me, which would be really awesome, I would definitely try to get to their camp and their campus to see what they're all about for myself.”