Outside linebacker and 5-star prospect Hoza Scott has all the potential in the world to be a superstar at the college level, and he's currently committed to the Texas A&M Aggies.
Scott is a huge commitment for Kevin Sumlin and his staff, and the Aggies need to retain him. Scott is ranked as the No. 1 outside linebacker in the 2014 class and the No. 2 player from the state of Texas, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
Here's my complete scouting report for Scott:
- Name: Hoza Scott
- Hometown: La Porte, TX
- School: La Porte High School
- Position: OLB
- Height: 6'2" (247Sports)
- Weight: 220 lbs (247Sports)
- Rankings: 5-star (247Sports Composite), 4-star (Rivals), 5-star (Scout.com), Watch List (ESPN Recruiting Nation)
Scott is an extremely athletic outside linebacker who projects to be dominant on the edges of the line of scrimmage at the college level. He has the size to hold his own against the run, but he stands out with his speed and agility. He's a natural pass-rusher as a linebacker and will be most efficient in pass-rush situations.
He is explosive at the snap and displays great instincts to diagnose a play. He has good range, can track down the ball-carrier from the backside and will make a strong tackle. He can backpedal and be comfortable in space and in coverage, and he has great leaping ability, which allows him to make plays when the ball is in the air.
For as good as Scott will be in athletic situations in open space, he can also play strong against the run in power situations, so he really is the complete outside linebacker recruit.
In the clips below, the offense is running a jet sweep to the right. The tight end will be responsible for trying to hook Scott and push him inside, with the wing-back fitting off him and trying to get out, be a lead blocker on the edge and look for the safety. The offense also has the play-side guard pulling to wall off the inside linebacker in pursuit. Overall, this is a great blocking design, and it should be a good play:
You can see in the next two pictures how Scott is able to get a strong push against the tight end, which pushes back the line of scrimmage and will force the running back to go wider or cut back. It's clear that Scott is winning the battle of strength, because you can see that the tight end is clearly on his heels:
Scott is responsible for setting the edge here as the play spills outside, so he cannot let the blocker get his outside shoulder. You can see below how he's able to free his outside shoulder, contain the edge and make a play on the running back:
Overall, Scott projects to be a great agility player who be effective in space and especially as a pass-rusher; however, as you can see above, he's complete and will be strong against the run as well.
Most defensive coaches won't tell you that this is a negative, but many offensive coaches will. Scott is incredibly athletic and very aggressive. He gets where he wants to go in a hurry, and he's great in pursuit.
While that usually works in his favor, he'll be susceptible to misdirection plays at the college level, especially the play-action pass. A good offensive coordinator will try to bait him into using his aggressiveness against him, and once Scott is out of position, the ball will go to where he needed to be.
He can get out of this habit with more experience and a bit more discipline as a linebacker, which will come in time.
A head coach would rather have an aggressive linebacker than a timid one, so it's not a huge problem, but it's a point worth noting.
Scott has the potential to be a defensive star for the Aggies, so he's one of the marquee commitments to their 2014 class so far. If anything, he'll be able to make his impact felt right away as a special teams player because of his speed and ability to pursue, but he'll eventually work his way into the rotation.
In time, Scott could be a premier defender for Texas A&M.
Keeping him committed until signing day is crucial.