USC transfer Ricky Town, rumored to have interst in Florida, will instead head to a different SEC school to continue his career: Arkansas, according to ESPN's Joe Schad.
Former USC quarterback Ricky Town said Friday he’ll transfer to Arkansas.— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) August 21, 2015
Town, a four-star recruit in the 2015 class, had been linked to Florida in the hours following the announcement of his surprising transfer from USC, thanks to a pre-existing relationship with Florida offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier. And Florida's lack of quarterback depth — Town would have almost certainly been the leading candidate to be Florida's backup quarterback in 2016, behind the winner of the Will Grier-Treon Harris duel, with only the loser of that duel (barring a transfer), Oregon State transfer Luke Del Rio, and lightly-regarded true freshman Kyle Trask to beat out for that role — was thought to be compelling.
But while Town told Schad that his family fell in love with Arkansas and that he wants to be in a pro-style offense like the one Bret Bielema runs, the primary reason for picking Arkansas over Florida is almost certainly the Razorbacks' even more dire situation at quarterback. Incumbent starter Brandon Allen is a senior; behind him are his brother, Austin, a sophomore who played sparingly in 2014, and four-star passers Rafe Peavey and Ty Storey, neither of whom have seen the field for Arkansas.
Put simply: While Town's path to being the next starter at Florida was likely blocked by an incumbent starter in 2016, he'll be part of a competition for the starting job at Arkansas next fall.
With Town headed to Arkansas, Florida's pursuit of an additional quarterback in the 2016 class to augment its depth likely turns back to efforts to flip a player currently committed elsewhere.