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Junior QB prospect backs out of Alabama commitment

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Jan 25 2014 06:29:45 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 25 2014 06:29:45 PM CST

Ricky Town, considered one of the nation's top recruits in the Class of 2015, decommitted from Alabama on Saturday.

Town, a 6-foot-4 junior quarterback at Saint Bonaventure in Ventura, Calif., had committed to the Crimson Tide in August. He is ranked as the No. 3 overall recruit among high school juniors by 247Sports.

The news came less than two weeks before the first day for high-school seniors to sign national letters of intent on Feb. 5. Town, a junior, cannot sign with a school until 2015.

"Today I have de-committed from Alabama. It was an honor to get to know Coach Saban and the Alabama fans. Thank you!" Town tweeted.

Town did not offer a reason for changing his mind, but he was known to be reconsidering his decision after offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier left Alabama for the same job at Michigan earlier this month.

Town made an official visit to Southern Cal on Saturday and the Trojans might be the front-runner to land the prized recruit. Also pursuing Town are Arizona State, Georgia, Florida State, Texas and others.

Alabama could on the way to adding another quarterback. Former Florida State quarterback Jacob Coker, who visited Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Saturday, is considering a transfer to Alabama after he lost out to Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston in the quarterback competition with the Seminoles last season.

An Alabama native, Coker was the backup to Winston last year before he sustained a knee injury. He was released from his scholarship after Florida State won the BCS national championship.

Coker is set to graduate in the spring and would have two years of eligibility remaining. Coker's high school coach, Steve Mask, said Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban visited Coker at his home this past week.

Saban is looking to replace starter AJ McCarron next season.