March 17, 2012

State's No.1 in 2014 already a hot name

It doesn't take long to see Hoza Scott has special abilities on the football field.

Standing 6-foot-3, 225 pounds, the La Porte, Texas standout has the ability to drop back in coverage, the speed to rush off the edge, and the instincts to not just make the special play but also the ability to turn that play into a wow play.

Scott is an intimidating presence from his outside linebacker position, and even though he's only as a sophomore, he knows it. Not only does he know it, but he works hard to ensure that continues. He is not content to stay where he is, as his eyes are focused on reaching higher and achieving greater.

On Tuesday, released the Lone Star Recruiting's 2014 Top 100, and Hoza Scott was at the top. When he was told of his No. 1 ranking by his brother he was honored and surprised, but he the honor only serves to fuel his desire for more.

"I'll keep working harder and harder to get better and better," Scott said. "I'm trying to get No. 1 in the country."

Scott is natural on the field and always seems to be around the ball ready to make a play. He appears right at home wherever he happens to be on the field. However, he says he is most comfortable when at his outside linebacker spot "attacking the quarterback."

"When I'm playing outside linebacker I just think I'm faster than this person in front of me so I can use a move to get past him and rush the quarterback," Scott said. "If I'm dropping back in coverage I just stay on my man and keep my eye on the quarterback and I just see what they're doing. If I see the quarterback rolling out I know something is going to happen and I run to the quarterback. It's like I'm seeing it all happen and I just know."

His highlight tape quickly shows those instincts and abilities, and college coaches have quickly taken notice. Texas A&M was the first school to extend an offer. Alabama, LSU, Baylor, Florida, Michigan, UCLA, Kansas, and Louisiana Tech are sampling of the schools that have shown interest to his coaches. Texas has invited him up for games and to summer camps.

This summer he hopes to attend camps at Texas A&M and Texas Tech. He has been invited to participate at the Nike Football Training Camps. Alabama let him know he was welcome at camp and their spring game and he would like to visit.

The recruiting process is new and fresh and he is open to possibilities, but there is one team he has grown up watching.

"I grew up rooting for A&M because my pawpaw (grandpa) went there and he had family that went there," Scott said. "I've always watched them."

As recruiting begins to heat up for the 2014 class there is no question Scott is a guy college coaches will be watching closely.

While they are watching, Scott will be working. There are plays to be made and he plans to make them.

As a sophomore, Scott was named The Third-Team 5A All-State, Houston Chronicle First-Team All-Greater Houston, First-Team 21-5A, and U.S. Air Force Sophomore All-America.

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