The USC football team will be losing one of its top recruits from the 2015 class as quarterback Ricky Town -- formerly a four-star recruit -- has decided to transfer out of the program.
The Trojans will not be effected this season by Town's departure as they have one of the top quarterbacks in the country in senior Cody Kessler. However, his transfer could have an effect on USC's depth and recruiting in the near future, and he will likely impact another big-time progam wherever he lands.
Here are three things to know about Ricky Town's transfer:
1. Who is Ricky Town?
Town was a four-star quarterback prospect out of Ventura, California, just down the road from USC, and was the sixth ranked pro-style quarterback in the 2015 class according to 247Sports.
Town had originally committed to play for Nick Saban at Alabama, but decommitted in January after changing his mind and deciding to go to Southern Cal. Town was an early enrollee at USC and participated in spring practices with the Trojans. Town was listed as the Trojans No. 3 quarterback in fall camp.
2. What impact will Town's departure have on USC?
As mentioned above, Town was the No. 3 quarterback on the depth chart behind Kessler and redshirt sophomore Max Browne. His departure won't have too much of an impact on their depth at the quarterback position this season, but Town being gone will have some impact in the coming years.
Browne is expected to take over the reigns in 2016 in his junior season, but not having the talented Town will diminish the amount of competition for the starting job and general depth. Fellow true freshman Sam Darnold -- the No. 5 dual-threat QB from the 2015 class -- will take over the No. 3 spot on the depth chart for this season. Redshirt freshman Jalen Greene was listed as the No. 3 quarterback entering the spring game, but he since made the transition to wide receiver and is reportedly "thriving" at that position.
The Trojans will be able to move on without him, but it does mean the Trojans will have to find another quarterback recruit soon. As of now, USC does not have a quarterback commit among the 15 committed for the 2016 class, as they figured that position was set for the near future.
3. Where does Ricky Town go from here?
Town, wherever he goes, will have to sit out a season due to the NCAA's transfer rules. Alabama could be a potential destination for Town as he was originally committed there, but with true freshman Blake Barnett in Tuscaloosa, the Tide already have one prized quarterback recruit from 2015 and the No. 9 dual-threat QB in the nation committed for 2016.
Florida has been floated as a possible landing spot for Town as they have a need at quarterback and he reportedly has a good relationship with Florida offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier. We don't know for sure where he will end up, but, as one of the top quarterback recruits from last year, Town will certainly have plenty of suitors vying for his services.