Ranking CFB’s 10 Biggest Busts from the 2015 Recruiting Class
1. Ricky Town, USC, Quarterback
Brad Shepard (Bleacher Report) — Quarterbacks get most of the praise, most of the blame and many of the headlines. It’s only appropriate a signal-caller takes the top spot on this list, especially considering how coveted Ricky Town was.
Though the prospect from Ventura, California, tumbled down the rankings a bit during his senior year, he was still rated No. 79 overall in the 2015 class. The 6’3″, 206-pound quarterback originally committed to the Alabama Crimson Tide before decommitting from a group that already featured Blake Barnett (another one of CFB’s 10 Biggest Busts from 2015).
After signing with USC, he became a poster boy for a class gone wrong for the Trojans.
That second-ranked class had some successes, but it also featured failed top-100 prospects like Town, Osa Masina (who dealt with serious legal issues off the field), Porter Gustin, Jacob Daniel and Ykili Ross. The two best players in that class, Sam Darnold and Cameron Smith, ranked outside the top 100.
Town couldn’t crack the starting lineup with the Trojans, transferred to Arkansas but never played, and then finished his career at Pittsburgh. Town left the program in December after failing to beat out Kenny Pickett in 2018.
“I think he’s got two more classes to graduate. He’s a great kid. I appreciate everything he did for this football team,” Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi told reporters. “We needed Ricky when he came, and I appreciate his trust coming here.”
Though players flame out all the time, it’s staggering that a quarterback with the hype of Town attempted just one collegiate pass (a 15-yard completion as a junior for the Panthers). Surely a player of his ilk should’ve gotten a chance to play somewhere.
Town never did, and his college career was even less eventful than that of another star prospect who played for the Trojans and Razorbacks: Mitch Mustain.