In a decision that had been building for some time, 2014 La Porte (TX) linebacker Hoza Scott made his pledge to become an Aggie official on Wednesday in an announcement at his school.
Considered one of the top players in the state of Texas for the 2014 class, the 6-2, 225-pound Scott is considered a consensus four-star prospect. He held offers from Alabama, LSU, Texas, Notre Dame, Florida State, and Ole Miss, but even runners up like the Longhorns and Tigers never seriously challenged the Aggies in Scott's recruitment.
A longtime fan of the SEC, the ability to play in the nation's top conference and to stay close to home by going to school in College Station were too much for Scott to pass up.
A few weeks ago, it was clear what the decision would be from Scott:
Really, honestly, my decision and my mindset is on A&M. That's where I really want to go.
As if that wasn't enough, he continued:
I'm just waiting for the season to end so I can relax and finally tell people. It's pretty much A&M, done deal.
Sure enough, Scott was true to his word.
While the Longhorns tried to sell him on becoming the next Jordan Hicks, the Aggies were successful in convincing him to become the next Von Miller. Impressive at the state 7-on-7 championships last summer in coverage and in his ability to think the game and lead, Scott has the frame to eventually grow into a pass-rushing specialist in the mold of Miller and current A&M star Damontre Moore.
In any case, Scott is an absolute star and worthy of the hype as one of the best players in Texas and has significant upside because he is a more complete linebacker than most prospects his age -- there wasn't much drama with his commitment, which could overshadow just how good he is. It shouldn't.
Even if he doesn't end up as primarily a pass-rusher, he has the tools to become an excellent inside linebacker, with the range to track plays outside the hashes.
The La Porte star is the fifth 2014 pledge for the Aggies and the third in the last three weeks. Combine the recruiting efforts in the 2014 class and A&M landing 2013 stars like Justin Manning and Ricky Seals-Jones in recent days and things could hardly be going better for head coach Kevin Sumlin and his staff.
Hoza Scott #20 - 2011 Sophomore LPHS Highlight Film (via DaParson)