Ricky Town decommits from Alabama

Updated: January 25, 2014, 3:10 PM ET
By Derek Tyson | ESPN.com

Quarterback Ricky Town, the No. 2-ranked pocket passer and No. 22-ranked player overall in the ESPN Junior 300, has backed off of his commitment to Alabama.

The 6-foot-4, 190-pound signal-caller from Ventura, Calif./Saint Bonaventure, who had been committed to the Crimson Tide since August, announced his decommitment on Twitter and later confirmed the decision to ESPN.com.

Meanwhile, former Florida State quarterback Jacob Coker was in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Saturday as he considers transferring to Alabama.

Town had been wavering on his commitment since Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier left to take the same position at Michigan.

Town took an unofficial visit to USC on Saturday, and the Trojans have made him a priority for their 2015 class. Many believe that the Trojans are now the front-runner for his services.

The talented quarterback also holds offers from Arizona State, USC, Georgia, Florida State, Miami, Texas and a host of others.

The Crimson Tide are still off to a strong start to their 2015 class. Even without Town, Alabama has four commitments and all of them are ranked in the ESPN Junior 300.

Coker, who is from Mobile, Ala., backed up Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston this past season. The sophomore played sparingly and injured his knee late in the year.

Shortly after Florida State won the national title, the school released him from his scholarship.

Coker's high school coach, Steve Mask of St. Paul's Episcopal School in Mobile, says Coker spent the weekend in Tuscaloosa after Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban visited the quarterback at his home earlier in the week.

Alabama is looking to replace Heisman finalist AJ McCarron, who also went to St. Paul's.

Coker is on target to graduate in the spring and would be eligible to play next season.

Information from ESPN.com's Erik McKinney and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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