USC's Steve Sarkisian signs Ricky Town to 2015 recruiting class

USC's Steve Sarkisian signs Ricky Town to 2015 recruiting class
Ventura St. Bonaventure quarterback Ricky Town goes back to pass during a game in 2012. Town is the first player to sign with USC Coach Steve Sarkisian's 2015 recruiting class. (Jim Aguirre)

Local standout quarterback Ricky Town was at USC practice Sunday afternoon and signed a financial aid agreement with the Trojans, becoming the first recruit to sign with Coach Steve Sarkisian’s 2015 recruiting class.

The paperwork is a binding agreement from the university, guaranteeing Town one of 25 available scholarships in 2015. It enables USC unlimited access to Town throughout the remainder of his recruitment.

Town, however, remains an available prospect for other programs to recruit and can still opt to sign elsewhere.

He was once verbally committed to Coach Nick Saban at Alabama before flipping his commitment to USC shortly after Sarkisian was hired.

Town is a candidate to sign the early financial aid paperwork given his current academic standing at Ventura St. Bonaventure High, which shows satisfactory progress toward midyear graduation.

A recruit is able to sign a financial-aid agreement six months before February's National Signing Day.

The 6-foot-3 202-pound quarterback will play his senior season at St. Bonaventure before enrolling at USC for the spring semester, which will enable him to participate in Trojan spring practices.

Sarkisian also has a verbal commitment in the 2015 class from San Clemente High quarterback Sam Darnold.