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Thoughts on Addition of Ricky Town

Thoughts on Addition of Ricky Town

If the report from Steve Wiltfong of 247 Sports is accurate, Pitt is adding a talented quarterback to the roster.

Last night, Wiltfong reported that former 5-star quarterback Ricky Town has given a verbal commitment to Pitt. The California native traveled to Pittsburgh over the weekend for a visit.

Town is currently at Ventura C.C. after having short stints at USC and Arkansas. If Town ends up at Pitt, he would have two years of eligibility remaining.

At one time, Town was rated as the #1 Pro-style quarterback in the country so Pitt would definitely be getting a player with top-end talent.

How would this impact Kenny Pickett? Would he still be Pitt’s #1 quarterback heading into camp?

The answer is it would have zero impact on Pickett’s future at Pitt. He will go into 2018 as the Panthers top quarterback regardless of who the backup is.

The addition of Town or any other player is simply about having insurance at the most important position on the field.

Pat Narduzzi knows that he’ll have a talented team returning in 2018 and wants to have all the bases covered. What happens if Pickett is sidelined for 3-4 weeks or even longer? Due to the transfers of Ben DiNucci and Thomas MacVittie, his only current option is true freshman Nick Patti.

It would be irresponsible for Narduzzi not to try and find the most talented player he could find to add to the roster.

There’s nothing wrong with having a lot of talent at a position or pushing a player with competition.

Narduzzi’s job is to win games and the best way to do that is to have a talented starting quarterback.

So any thoughts of it being a negative to add Town is wrong. Having players like him and Pickett compete will only get the Panthers to their ultimate goal of being a winning and possibly even a championship football program.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker

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