Future USC quarterback Ricky Town is part of a new book

Future USC quarterback Ricky Town is part of a new book
St. Bonaventure quarterback Ricky Town runs past the Rancho Santa Margarita defense in September 2012. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Ricky Town is not scheduled to arrive USC until January, but the incoming freshman quarterback is already part of a high-profile book.

In "The QB: The Making of the Modern Quarterback," author Bruce Feldman delves into the booming business of "quarterback gurus," their pupils and the process.

Town, from Ventura St. Bonaventure High, was among the high school quarterbacks Feldman monitored as they made their way through their prep seasons, seven-on-seven circuits and camps.

Under the tutelage of private coach Steve Clarkson -- who also has worked with former USC quarterbacks Matt Leinart, Matt Cassel, Matt Barkley and Max Wittek — Town began training in the sixth grade to become an elite quarterback.

Last summer, former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer selected Town as an Elite 11 finalist — one of the 11 best high school quarterbacks in the country. He went through a camp that featured drills, scrimmages, sports psychology and breathing exercises.

"Ricky had the greatest week an Elite 11 kid has ever had," Dilfer told Feldman.

Town's father, Ricky Town, Sr., told Feldman that his son said the week "changed my life."

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