Town finished high school early and enrolled at USC last January as part of the Trojans’ 2015 recruiting class. He was a verbal commit to Alabama before switching over to USC.
Town told ESPN he will fit better in Arkansas’s offensive system than in USC’s.
“Great system,” Town said. “They said the quarterback is like a coach on the field. Not just simple reads. There are a lot of protections and it’s really a chess game. I want to be like a point guard on the field.”
Town will sit out this season and have four years of eligibility remaining. Fifth-year senior Brandon Allen will start at quarterback for the Razorbacks this season.
“If I was going to transfer, I wanted to do it immediately as to not lose two years of eligibility,” Town said. “I’m excited to compete and to help Arkansas win games. It’s a long journey.”
“Ricky is a very talented young man who comes from a great family,” Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema said in a release. “We are very excited to have him join our program. Ricky is the kind of uncommon person we are looking for and will fit into our program athletically, academically and socially.”
Town was one of two quarterbacks in USC’s 2015 class. The other, Sam Darnold, is expected to take Town’s No. 3 spot on the depth chart. Senior Cody Kessler is still the Trojans’ No. 1 quarterback and will be backed up by redshirt sophomore Max Browne.
Arkansas opens the 2015 season Sept. 5 at home against UTEP.
- Kayla Lombardo and Rohan Nadkarni