Saban's top QB pledge?

Town tops the 2015 QB rankings

Scout.com released its early prospect rankings for the class of 2015 this week, and Alabama commitment Ricky Town was tabbed as the No. 1 quarterback prospect in the entire class. If it holds up, it will be Nick Saban's top QB recruit during his Crimson Tide tenure.



When Scout released its class of 2015 rankings this week, for the top 300 prospects in the country's junior class, 27 quarterbacks made the cut as four-stars or above.

Two were ranked as five-star talents.

Of the two, it was Ricky Town that got the nod as the nation's top QB in the class. He is also the No. 8 prospect in the class regardless of position.

The 6-foot-4, 205-pounder is the third straight top-five quarterback Nick Saban has secured a verbal commitment from, following 2013 signee Cooper Bateman (No. 5) and 2014 verbal pledge David Cornwell (No. 5). But should Town's ranking stand, it will actually be the first time Saban landed the top QB in America during his time at Alabama.

He gave his verbal to Saban and company on August 5.

Phillip Sims, who transferred away from Alabama last April, was tabbed as the No. 2 QB in the class of 2010. Even A.J. McCarron, arguably the most efficient and seasoned Tide passer of all time, wasn't slotted as the best in the business when wrapping-up his prep career. He was No. 17 in the class of `09.

Landing a prospect like Town, elite on just about all accounts, says plenty about Saban's adjustment to the times in recruiting. Many said the top signal-callers wouldn't want to play for such a "run-first" or "game-manager" system like Saban's at Alabama. As offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier continues to help open up the offense and McCarron continues to ascend to the top of the quarterback board for the 2014 NFL Draft, perception has changed.

BamaMag.com goes much more in-depth on what led Town to Tuscaloosa and Saban's recruiting adjustments in an upcoming issue of 'BAMA Magazine.


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As for the rest of Alabama's class of 2015, all five commitments were represented in the Scout 300 release on Wednesday, making all five four-stars or above.

After Town, fellow out-of-state prospect Mekhi Brown was ranked just outside of the five-stars. The Columbus (Ga.) Carver standout checked in as the No. 27 prospect overall and the No. 5 defensive end talent on Scout.com.

Prichard (Ala.) Vigor running back commitment DeSherrius Flowers was next up, coming in as the No. 5 running back in the class, ranking No. 46 overall.

The only other Alabama commitment within the Scout 100 was Orange (Tex.) West Orange-Stark defensive back Deionte Thompson, ranked as the No. 6 safety and No. 65 overall junior in America.

Dallas Warmack, the younger brother of current Tennessee Titan and former Alabama standout Chance Warmack, cracked the Scout 300 as the No. 8 guard prospect in the country. The Atlanta (Ga.) Mays standout opens up as the No. 165 prospect overall.

Eight prospects within the state of Alabama were tabbed as Scout 300 members, including Flowers. The others were defensive tackle Daron Payne (No. 12), running back Kerryon Johnson (No. 35), linebacker Darrell Williams (No. 166), two-way lineman Lester Cotton (No. 201), running back Nick Gibson (No. 210), offensive lineman Tyler Carr (No. 260) and defensive lineman Juantavius Johnson (No. 263).

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