Monday, August 7, 2017

"Can former Trojan Ricky Town reinvent himself at Ventura College?"


By early 2014, a consensus of scouting services ranked him the No. 1 prospect in his class.


He’d committed to Alabama but flipped to USC, then transferred less than two weeks into training camp, to Arkansas. He never sniffed the field, but he worked hard and stayed out of trouble. Arkansas coach Bret Bielema wished him well as Town returned home to Ventura College, a junior-college stopover, to seek a Division I starting job.


Town liked the coaches at Arkansas, but he was buried on the depth chart. Bielema told reporters that Town “was deficient in ‘Hoganese,’” Bielema’s term for Arkansas’ offensive language. It was as if “we're speaking French to him,” Bielema said.


Ventura has become a popular spot for revival. Its previous two quarterbacks have been Division I rebounds: Ty Gangi (who came from Colorado and went on to Nevada) and Jake Luton (Idaho, Oregon State).