Monday, November 26, 2012
Five from Friday: Hoza Scott a big talent
By Max Olson and William Wilkerson
Every week through the football season, HornsNation’s William Wilkerson and Max Olson will break down five things they learned while on the road at Texas high school football games. From the latest on Longhorns commits and offers to game observations to players who caught their attention, they've got you covered. Here’s what they saw this weekend:
William’s game: San Antonio Brennan vs. Cedar Park Vista Ridge
Class of 2014 linebacker Hoza Scott is one of the top prospects in Texas.
All year long, you’ve been hearing the hype that Scott might be the best prospect in the state of Texas for the class of 2014.
What Scott did against Fort Bend Bush in his area playoff game on Saturday didn’t prove or disprove that. All in all, it was one of his quieter performances. But the ESPN Watch List prospect did show why he’s coveted by the best of the best.
Scott easily led his La Porte team in tackles and was all over the place as a pass-rushing outside linebacker.
You knew the 6-foot-3, 225-pound junior is a respected difference-maker when you watched the way he changed Bush’s entire offense. On passing plays, the Broncos called roll-outs away from Scott’s side of the field every single time.
Though Scott could shine as an outside backer, middle linebacker or even develop into a defensive end at the next level, La Porte uses him as a Von Miller-type speed rusher off the edge. (Forgive the reference, Texas fans, but it’s true.)
Perhaps it makes a lot of sense, then, that Texas A&M remains Scott’s No. 1 school right now. Scott said Texas is still his No. 2 and LSU is right behind them in third place.
He’s kept his recruiting on hold for the most part this fall. Scott is excited to get that game going this spring, but for now all he’s focused on is preparing for daunting third-round opponent Katy.
Scott says he’s not looking to pick a school until after his senior season. No question the Aggies are out front, and their first season in the SEC certainly helped. We’ll see if Texas can keep up over the course of the next year. – Max Olson
2. Mirror image
You don’t have to watch Texas defensive end commitment Derick Roberson (San Antonio/Brennan) very long to be reminded of former Longhorns commitment Daeshon Hall.
Both are long, somewhat slender, overly athletic and have their best football ahead of them.
Hall, a year older, is a bigger frame at this point, some 6-foot-6 and 235 pounds. Roberson is listed at 6-4, 218. You can only imagine what kind of edge rusher they’ll become once they get into a college weight program.
One thing I noticed when watching Hall, who started out as a basketball player, was the way he used his hands to get off blocks. Roberson used his hands in a similar way and was very nimble on his feet.
He made two tackles on the first three plays against Cedar Park Vista Ridge on Friday before Vista Ridge largely abandoned rushing to his side the rest of the game, a 31-28 Brennan victory. Brennan will play Edcouch-Elsa in the third round of the Class 4A Division II playoffs.
Roberson rarely comes off the field. In fact the only time he does take a breather is when Brennan is on offense. He is on kickoff, kickoff return, punt, punt return, hands out water and also announces the game.
I think Texas is going to end up pretty happy that it jumped on him quickly because his stock is only going to rise the more word gets out on him. – William Wilkerson
3. What can’t he do?
When it comes to the most versatile players in the state, regardless of class, ESPN Watch List athlete Nick Harvey is somewhere near the top of the list.
Harvey would like to play on the defensive side of the ball in college but he’s making an awfully strong case for longer looks on offense with the way he has played through the first two games of the playoffs.
Harvey, who has a Texas offer, had six receptions for 82 yards, including a 31-yard touchdown, and also rushed four times for 34 yards and an 11-yard score in Lancaster’s 41-16 victory over Lovejoy. He even found time to complete 2 of 4 passes for 13 yards and an interception.
He hauled in a 48-yard touchdown reception and scored on a 2-yard run in Lancaster’s 34-2 win over Jacksonville in bi-district.
There’s a lot to like about this 5-foot-11, 180 pounder, who also has offers from Baylor, LSU, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Virginia.
Harvey was at the Baylor-Texas Tech game at Cowboys Stadium on Saturday. – William Wilkerson
4. The 2014 QB choice
Back on March 27, I wrote that Texas’ quarterback decision for the 2014 class was coming down to Denton Guyer’s Jerrod Heard vs. Fort Bend Bush’s Ronald Monroe.
Less than five months later, the Longhorns offered Heard a scholarship and secured his pledge.
The decision to take Heard before he’d even played his junior season came as a bit of a surprise. After all, you’d expected Texas to wait until the spring of 2013 to finish evaluating, make an offer and net its quarterback pledge.
So whatever happened to Monroe? He had a strong junior season, throwing for 1,741 yards and 19 touchdowns and rushing for 243 and six more scores to lead Bush to a 10-2 season.
He’s a bit more of a project than Heard, but it’s not hard to see why Texas was interested. Monroe has a big frame and more athleticism than his offense permits him to show off. But he completed only 49 percent of his passes this season and still is shaky at times with his decision-making in the pocket.
He’s getting interest from a few schools, but Monroe hasn’t picked up an offer yet. While I think Texas certainly got the right guy with Heard, we'll see if Monroe can live up to his high ceiling in the years to come. – Max Olson
5. What could have been
Here’s a brief look at some of the top performances from around the state from players who had Texas offers but chose to go elsewhere:
ATH Dontre Wilson (Oregon commit): Wilson may have had the performance of the weekend against unbeaten Coppell. He rushed 24 times for 204 yards and three touchdowns and also caught a 46-yard touchdown in DeSoto’s 42-14 victory.
WR Torii Hunter Jr. (Notre Dame commit): Caught touchdown passes of 9 and 28 yards in Prosper’s 50-18 win over Dallas Carter.
WR Robbie Rhodes (Baylor commit): Completed 9 of 18 attempts for 170 yards and an interception, and ran 13 times for 46 yards and two scores in Fort Worth Southwest’s 31-21 loss to Wichita Falls Rider. – William Wilkerson