TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The 2014 quarterbacks took center stage at Alabama’s camp this week, but a 2015 prospect who traveled the longest distance left a lasting impression on the Crimson Tide.
Ricky Town, a 6-foot-4, 205-pound quarterback from Ventura, Calif., arrived in Tuscaloosa on Sunday and stayed through Tuesday.
“It was awesome,” he said. “The camp was really fun. Working out with Coach [Doug] Nussmeier, getting to meet him and build that relationship was really cool. Getting privately trained by him and having him help me with some mechanical stuff, it was really cool.”
After the first day of workouts, Town received a call up to Nick Saban’s office where he received a scholarship offer from the Tide. It was the fifth offer for the 2015 prospect, joining Arizona State, Florida State, Miami and UCLA.
“It was a great feeling,” he said. “It kind of took me back a little bit just to be in the presence of Nick Saban, and to receive an offer, it was really cool. It was a really special moment.”
Town worked out all three days at the camp, but the California native also had plenty of time to check out Alabama, the campus and the town itself.
“It was really cool,” Town said. “I think the atmosphere -- just to be a player in that atmosphere with that fan base -- I think it was awesome. Everything there was Alabama ‘Roll Tide.’ It was funny. Just driving around, every restaurant has ‘Roll Tide’ or the Alabama ‘A’ on it. It was really cool. That was something that I really like about it.
“The campus and the facilities there were amazing. I was really impressed by them, and also the way everything is run there. There’s this mentality. I really liked a lot from what I saw.”
When it comes time to make a decision, Town said distance will not be a factor. He plans to make stops at Georgia, LSU and Texas in the coming weeks so he can work out and see each school. He’s hopeful of more offers but not expecting anything.
“If any of those schools offer, it’d be an honor,” he said.