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Michael Carvell

Notebook: Alabama loses top QB, and Mark Richt hits the road

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Alabama's Nick Saban loses very few recruits (AP)

Alabama’s Nick Saban loses very few recruits (AP)

Even the presence of Lane Kiffin, Alabama’s new and heralded offensive coordinator, couldn’t help the Crimson Tide keep the one of the best quarterbacks the school has ever recruited.

Ricky Town, who is ranked as the nation’s No. 2 pro-style QB for 2015, announced on Twitter on Saturday that he had de-committed from Alabama.

The 6-foot-4 quarterback from Ventura, Calif., had committed to Alabama last summer, and the Crimson Tide became nervous when he made an unofficial visit last week to USC (Kiffin’s former employer).

Alabama’s Nick Saban tried to salvage Town’s commitment last week, making a recruiting trip to St. Bonaventure high school. It didn’t work (but don’t worry Alabama fans, the Crimson Tide will still probably have another No. 1 class in 2015).

Even though Town is just a high school junior, his de-commitment is a bigger deal than normal because almost all elite quarterbacks commit to colleges by the end of their junior year of school. UPDATE: Town pledged to USC on Saturday night.

Other random recruiting info:

UGA's Mark Richt (Hyosub Shin/AJC)

UGA’s Mark Richt (Hyosub Shin/AJC)

Former Grayson High School safety Shattle Fenteng told the AJC that UGA’s Mark Richt was going to do an in-home visit on Saturday with him at Hutchinson junior college in Kansas. Fenteng is committed to UGA, and will not take an official visit to Ole Miss this weekend. On Friday, Richt went to Fayetteville, N.C., for an in-home visit with defensive tackle Lamont Gaillard, who is committed to UGA and has decided against official visits to Louisville and Miami.

Busy week for Richt: The UGA coach has an in-home visit on Monday with Lorenzo Carter, the defensive end from Norcross High School who is ranked as the state’s No. 1 overall prospect. Carter is taking an official visit to Florida State this weekend, and will finish out with a trip to UGA next Friday. One interesting note is that Florida’s Will Muschamp has an in-home visit with Carter next Thursday, the day before Carter travels to UGA. Muschamp will make his final plea on behalf of the Gators. Florida and UGA are considered the frontrunners. On Tuesday, Richt will make an in-home visit with Cedar Grove High School linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams, who is committed to South Carolina, according to 247sports.com’s Rusty Mansell. Allen-Williams is on a visit to Alabama this weekend, and will go to UGA on Friday. New UGA defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt has let it be known that Allen-Williams and ECLA defensive lineman Andrew Williams (undecided, with Auburn and Clemson as the rumored frontrunners) are “his guys.”

UGA shipped out a last-minute offer to safety T.J. Harrell of Tampa, and he hopped on a plane in a hurry for an official visit with the Bulldogs this weekend. Harrell also has an offer from Louisville and could commit by the end of the weekend if allowed. He looked like he was enjoying his UGA trip, based on his tweets.

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