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Thursday, January 9, 2014
Town talks departure of Bama OC

By Tom VanHaaren and Erik McKinney

When reports surfaced that Michigan will hire Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier, one of the natural reactions for both Alabama and Michigan fans was to wonder how it would impact Crimson Tide 2015 quarterback commit Ricky Town (Ventura, Calif./St. Bonaventure).

The No. 22 overall prospect in the ESPN Junior 300 and No. 2 quarterback in the 2015 class has been committed to Alabama since August.

Town had developed a good relationship with Nussmeier, but he doesn’t seem to be wavering in his commitment to the Crimson Tide.

"I feel very fortunate to have built such a strong relationship with Coach Nussmeier,” Town texted in a statement on Wednesday. “Michigan is getting a great coach and even better person. I'm looking forward to getting to know the new offensive coordinator once Coach (Nick) Saban makes that decision."

Town understands that change happens in college football, and he has always said he is open to that change. He knows things can happen that might impact his commitment eventually, but he remains committed for now.

It’s too early to tell if Nussmeier will continue to recruit Town at Michigan, but there are other options for the Wolverines, who have yet to secure a quarterback in the 2015 class. Luckily for Michigan, quarterback happens to be a loaded position for 2015 and Nussmeier has already established other relationships outside of Town.

Kyle Kearns (Pleasanton, Calif./Foothill), the No. 9-ranked quarterback in 2015, is one of those prospects and was pleasantly surprised when he heard that Nussmeier was headed to Michigan. He had been in regular contact with the Michigan staff, talking to Al Borges almost weekly, and also with Nussmeier.

“I know Coach Nussmeier really well. I’ll give him a call to congratulate him soon,” Kearns said. “I really like Coach Nuss.”

Kearns has plenty of schools after him, but it can’t hurt for Michigan to already have the relationship established.

The real impact on any quarterbacks, including Town, is yet to be seen until Alabama hires an offensive coordinator. Once Saban makes a hire, Town will know where he stands and whether it is a good fit.