Texas A&M Aggies: Hoza Scott

SEC class rankings analysis 

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Each Wednesday, ESPN RecruitingNation updates its national class rankings. For an in-depth look at the SEC, check out our conference rankings:

1. Alabama, 21 commits: The Crimson Tide sit atop the RecruitingNation class rankings with a class that features 15 ESPN 300 prospects, including most recent commitment Ronnie Clark (Calera, Ala./Calera), the No. 96 overall prospect. Alabama remains in the hunt for several five-star prospects, including No. 1 overall Leonard Fournette (New Orleans/Saint Augustine) and No. 9 Marlon Humphrey (Hoover, Ala./Hoover).

Texas A&M has 14 commits in the 2014 class, and the Aggies have done a good job of addressing needs at multiple positions. With seven months left until signing day, they are still pursuing plenty of players. Here's five positions where they could use another player or two in the class:

Defensive end: The Aggies are pursuing multiple defensive ends in the 2014 class and at the top of their want list is ESPN 300 defensive end Myles Garrett (Arlington, Texas/James Martin), the No. 1 prospect in Texas. They also have an offer out to ESPN 300 prospects Qualen Cunningham (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton) and Solomon Thomas (Coppell, Texas/Coppell) among others.

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Texas A&M instant impact recruits 

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Here is a look at the top 10 Texas A&M commits and targets who are capable of making the biggest impact in 2014:

1. OLB Hoza Scott (La Porte, Texas/La Porte)
6-foot-3/225 pounds
ESPN 300 rank: 42


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ESPN 300 analysis: Texas A&M Aggies 

June, 17, 2013
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If you want evidence as to why Texas A&M has one of the best recruiting classes in the nation, look no further than the latest ESPN 300.

Last season, the Aggies -- who had college football's No. 8 recruiting class -- hauled in 10 players in the 2013 ESPN 300.


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Tales from the Road: Texas A&M 

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Every Wednesday, Sam Khan Jr. will take a quick-hit look at some of the top recruits and storylines facing Texas A&M recruiting for the week.

This week’s targets: The Aggies are looking at a mix of guys across different classes and positions currently. 2014 placekicker Aaron Medley (Lewisburg, Tenn./Marshall County) said he got a visit from Texas A&M special teams coordinator Jeff Banks on Friday. When Medley called Banks on Monday to follow up, Banks told him he had an offer. Banks and offensive coordinator Clarence McKinney journeyed to Katy (Texas) High School on Tuesday for the Tigers' spring game to see 2015 running back Rodney Anderson, whom the Aggies have offered, as well as several other Katy prospects. McKinney checked on Crosby (Texas) High School receiver and Utah commit Raelon Singleton on Monday. Another receiver the Aggies are keeping an eye on and checked out last week is South Houston (Texas) High School 2014 receiver Elton Dyer. 2015 receiver Kemah Siverand (Houston/Cypress Ridge) said the Aggies stopped by his school on Tuesday and defensive backs coach Marcel Yates recently spoke with 2014 receiver Darius Hammond (Livonia, La./Livonia) on the phone after seeing his spring game last week.

Area of interest: Texas A&M is hammering the Houston area hard right now as the spring evaluation period hits the homestretch. It is a priority area for the Aggies and head coach Kevin Sumlin has acknowledged as much numerous times during his tenure in Aggieland. With more than 150 high schools within a 70-mile radius of downtown Houston, it's a hotbed for talent that's only about 90 minutes from College Station, Texas, depending on which part of town you're in. The Aggies' highest-ranked recruit in 2014 class (ESPN 150 linebacker Hoza Scott) and in 2013 (ESPN 150 receiver Ricky Seals-Jones) are both from the area surrounding Houston. Nine players in the 2013 signing class were Houston-area products.

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ESPN 150 targets: Texas A&M 

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Myles GarrettWilliam Wilkerson/ESPN.comESPN 150 defensive end Myles Garrett is feeling strong, as his offer list is a who's who of elite Division I football programs.
Texas A&M has three commits in the 2014 ESPN 150, which was released today. Here's a look at the Aggies' top 10 targets in the ESPN 150, listed from highest to lowest ranked:

1. CB Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Junipero Serra)
5-foot-11, 183 pounds
ESPN 150 Rank: 5

Why they want him: Speed and athleticism. Jackson has most of what coaches want in a cornerback. His fluid hips, foot quickness and natural athleticism make him an elite prospect. Could wind up on the offensive side of the ball and said some schools are recruiting him as a receiver.

Who else wants him: Plenty of power programs have offered Jackson, including Florida, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oregon and USC.

Odds they get him: Jackson said he intends to visit Texas A&M this summer, so the Aggies will have their chance to impress the five-star prospect. USC and UCLA are also schools that the Illinois native is interested in but Aggies' secondary coach Marcel Yates has experience recruiting the West Coast from his days at Boise State and landed 2013 ESPN 150 receiver Sebastian LaRue for the Aggies earlier this year.


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Hoza ScottMax Olson/ESPN.com2014 standout Hoza Scott headlines Texas A&M's class.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- With dozens of recruits inside the McFerrin Athletic Center for junior day and the 2013 Texas A&M Aggies about to hit the field for the first practice of spring football, music came from the speakers.

This isn't an uncommon practice in Aggieland. Since Kevin Sumlin took over as head coach, music has been a constant at practices to help keep energy and tempo high. In many ways, the first song of the spring seemed symbolic as Drake's "Started from the Bottom," kicked things off.

"Started from the bottom, now we're here."

The same could be said for the Aggies, in more ways than one. While not exactly at the bottom, many figured they wouldn't be anywhere near the top of the SEC. In their first season, the Aggies went 11-2, tied for second in the SEC West and will go into 2013 as potential preseason top-five team.


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ESPN Watch List receiver Armanti Foreman spoke with Texas A&M coaches before, but coming into this week, he had no idea an offer was on its way from the Aggies.

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound receiver from Texas City (Texas) High School has been committed to Oklahoma since October, but recently, he has seen his offer list grow as coaches have gotten a hold of Foreman's junior highlights. On Saturday, Foreman got an offer from Texas. The Aggies entered the picture on Monday and Florida jumped in the ring on Wednesday.


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LB Hoza Scott focused on improvement 

February, 13, 2013
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LA PORTE, Texas -- There will be no basketball, baseball, track and field or any other sport getting Hoza Scott's attention this spring.

The 2014 ESPN Watch List linebacker is focused on one thing this offseason: football, and more specifically, getting better for his senior season.


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Five TAMU targets to watch in 2014 

February, 8, 2013
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With Texas A&M's 2013 recruiting class in the books, we turn the page and take a glance at the 2014 class. On Thursday we glanced at Aggie commitments to watch. Today we look at targets that the Aggies are pursuing in the 2014 class and who fans should keep an eye on moving forward:


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Texas A&M: 2014 prospects to watch 

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With Texas A&M's 2013 recruiting class in the books, we turn the page and take a glance at the 2014 class. The Aggies already have seven commitments in the class. Let's take a closer look at some of those players:


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Watch List LB Whitley talks junior days 

January, 30, 2013
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Texas A&M has already made significant progress at the linebacker position in its 2014 recruiting class.

With commitments in hand from ESPN Watch List prospect Hoza Scott and Gilmer (Texas) High School outside linebacker Josh Walker, the Aggies got a jump start at the position.

There's another target they have their eyes on and he was on campus for the Aggies' junior day on Sunday: Houston/North Shore inside linebacker Zac Whitley.


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Recruiting notebook: Busy weekend ahead 

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Torrodney PrevotTom Hauck for ESPN.comTexas A&M has a chance to impress in-state DE Torrodney Prevot who has been committed to USC since July.
There will be no shortage of recruits on the Texas A&M campus this weekend.

From longtime commits who are finally taking their official visits, to one visitor from the class of 2013 who is committed elsewhere and several notable members of the 2014 class.

One of the notable names that will visit is expected in town today: 2014 offensive tackle Braden Smith.

The ESPN Watch List prospect from Olathe (Kan.) South High School will be touring the campus today in advance of Mondo Challenge college track and field meet taking place on campus. Smith's sister, Megan, is a thrower for TCU which is competing in the event.


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Aggies' wave of momentum continues 

December, 12, 2012
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LA PORTE, Texas -- What a busy week it has been for the Texas A&M coaching staff.

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Sam Khan Jr./ESPN.com2014 linebacker Hoza Scott made it official on Wednesday and committed to Texas A&M.
In the span of seven days, the Aggies have accepted three commitments, all from highly-touted players. On Dec. 6 it was ESPN 150 defensive tackle Justin Manning who pledged. On Monday, the nation's No. 1 athlete and the top player in Texas, Ricky Seals-Jones, jumped on board. On Wednesday, ESPN Watch List outside linebacker Hoza Scott joined the fray, adding strength to the Aggies' 2014 class.

Since the Aggies' season ended on Nov. 24, the hits have just kept on coming. Nick Harvey on Nov. 26. Cameron Clear on Nov. 27. Shaun Nixon on Nov. 29. Ja'Quay Williams on Dec. 2. It seems like every week, or sometimes every couple of days, the Aggies are landing a new prospect.

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Aggies land Watch List LB Hoza Scott

December, 12, 2012
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videoLA PORTE, Texas -- La Porte (Texas) High School linebacker Hoza Scott hasn't been secretive about the school he likes the most and where his future lies. From the moment he stepped onto the Texas A&M campus in July for the Texas state 7-on-7 championships wearing an A&M snapback, the Aggies were the team to beat. He has been all but committed to Texas A&M for some time now.

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Sam Khan Jr./ESPN.comClass of 2014 linebacker Hoza Scott feels comfortable at Texas A&M.
On Wednesday at Bulldog Stadium the ESPN Watch List linebacker made it official, announcing his intentions to join the Aggies' 2014 recruiting class.

The 6-foot-3, 225-pound prospect is one of the most coveted 2014 prospects in Texas. In addition to Texas A&M, he held offers from Alabama, LSU and Texas. The Longhorns were his No. 2 with LSU as his No. 3 since this summer and that hasn't changed.

The letters come to La Porte's field house in droves and Scott now leaves every couple of days with shoeboxes full of letters from schools across the country, but his heart has been set on Texas A&M for awhile.

Recruited by Texas A&M recruiting coordinator and running backs coach Clarence McKinney, Scott said he loves the atmosphere in College Station, Texas.

"They have the best community ever out there," he said after La Porte's season finale, a playoff loss to Katy (Texas) High School on Dec. 1. "And when I walk around there, everybody around there knows me. They say, 'Hey Hoza,' this and that. It makes me feel good. And it's close to home."

Scott, whose first name is pronounced like "Jose," said his relationship with McKinney was also a big reason for his comfort level. McKinney made an impression this season when showed up in a maroon helicopter, just the way McKinney and head coach Kevin Sumlin did for Ricky Seals-Jones, to watch Scott play against Houston North Shore on Nov. 2.

"[My relationship with him] has meant a lot," Scott said. "He's a real cool guy, he's chill, he knows how to make you laugh. He's just cool to be around."

Scott is the fifth commitment in the 2014 class for the Aggies, joining Cedric Collins, Nick Harvey, Shaun Nixon and Josh Walker. Scott is the fourth ESPN Watch List member to commit to the Aggies.

He projects as an outside linebacker but said that the Aggies are open to the possibility of playing him inside linebacker.

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