What does Ricky Town’s transfer mean for USC quarterback recruiting?

USC beat reporter Gary Klein and Lindsey Thiry discuss freshman quarterback Ricky Town’s decision to transfer. 

How will USC recruit the quarterback position after Ricky Town’s decision to transfer before his freshman season?

Before Town’s departure, USC had four scholarship quarterbacks and intended to sign only one in the 2016 recruiting class, with Glendora High senior Matt Fink committed.

But with Town gone, could USC try to sign two quarterbacks in 2016?

USC’s top targets before offering Fink were Shea Patterson from Shreveport, La., and K.J. Costello from Santa Margarita.


However, Patterson committed to Mississippi and Costello chose Stanford. Both players seem unlikely to change their decisions before signing day.

USC has offered 2017 quarterbacks Tate Martell from Las Vegas Bishop Gorman and Tua Tagovailoa from St. Louis School in Hawaii.

Martell said that he would announce his commitment from among Alabama, Washington, USC, Texas A&M and Michigan on Thursday.

Martell committed to Washington in 2012, when he was in the eighth grade, and Steve Sarkisian was coach of the Huskies. He withdrew his commitment last January.


After his decommitment, USC was thought to be the front-runner in Martell’s recruitment, but recent rumblings have him choosing Texas A&M.

Tagovailoa, who participated at USC’s Rising Stars camp in June, has not set a timeline to commit.

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