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Thursday, November 8, 2012
Aggies still No. 1 on LB Hoza Scott's list

By Sam Khan Jr.

LA PORTE, Texas -- Every couple of days, La Porte High School outside linebacker Hoza Scott takes home a stack of mail from the team's fieldhouse.

They're letters for Scott, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound linebacker who is an ESPN Watch List member. This week, he took home a box that had dozens of letters, including some from places including Alabama, Florida State and Oregon. Two of his teammates sorted through them for fun, fascinated by the number and the origin of the envelopes.

Hoza Scott
Class of 2014 linebacker Hoza Scott is all but committed to Texas A&M.
"This is just the mail that comes to the school," Scott said. "I also have some that comes to my house."

In his home mailbox, letters from schools such as LSU, Texas and Texas A&M are overflowing.

Those three, incidentally, are the top suitors for Scott, who said his thoughts on his recruitment haven't changed since this summer. It's still Texas A&M at No. 1, followed by Texas and LSU.

"Right now it's still the same," he said.

That being said, Texas A&M recently made a pretty big impression on Scott. When he and his La Porte teammates hosted Houston North Shore -- a then-undefeated team that was ranked No. 6 in the state in its classification -- Scott was battling flu-like symptoms but played through them. During the second half, when he spent a brief stint on the sideline, he spotted a maroon helicopter circling Bulldog Stadium. Inside was Texas A&M recruiting coordinator and running backs coach Clarence McKinney, who was there to see Scott and North Shore linebacker Zac Whitley, another ESPN Watch List member.

"[La Porte] coach [Jeff LaReau] told me that we were going to have the coach from A&M fly in," Scott said. "He said to just be prepared for that. I heard it. As a matter of fact, I wasn't even in, and I saw the helicopter fly around. I saw it and pointed it out to my mom and showed her. She just smiled and was happy about it."

What did it tell Scott about the Aggies' feelings about him?

"That they're really gunning for me," said Scott, who added that he corresponds regularly with McKinney on Facebook.

"He's real cool, cool to get along with," Scott said "He's chill and he'll work with you."

He also continues to hear from Texas and LSU, and Wednesday he got a card from Alabama. It has been quite an experience for Scott, who said he intends to wait until after his season to make a decision.

"It feels good," he said. "I just wish a lot more people could experience how good it feels, honestly. Not too many people get this kind of experience."

He wasn't feeling his best, but Hoza Scott was going to give his best for his team on Friday night. And it was a night to remember for him and his team, who defeated North Shore 27-10.

In what was the biggest game of the season to date and Scott was among many Bulldogs who performed well that night.

"It was real exciting because everybody was doubting us, thinking that the score was going to be the other way around because North Shore had a whole bunch of players back and they were pretty good," Scott said. "But the defense that coach gave us, he told us to just trust him and it would work out fine."

Now his attention is turned to Port Arthur (Texas) Memorial, the team's final regular season opponent. A win secures a district championship for La Porte and would be strong momentum for the Bulldogs heading into the postseason. There's also a little extra motivation for the Bulldogs for this game, because it was Memorial that knocked La Porte out of the playoffs in the state quarterfinals in 2011.

"They're real fired up," Scott said. "I know they're going to come out and play hard and we're going to come out and play hard too. Whichever team has more energy in the end is the game that's going to win this game."