LA PORTE, Texas -- Hoza Scott took a toss to the right side, got behind several of his La Porte (Texas) La Porte teammates that were paving the way, clearing a path with their blocks, then he veered toward the sideline and turned on the jets as he burst upfield.
About 75 yards later, Scott was in the end zone. The junior inside linebacker, one of the most coveted prospects in the 2014 class, showed for a few moments on Friday in a scrimmage against Pearland (Texas) Dawson what he could do on the offensive side of the ball.
The 6-foot-3, 225-pound isn't La Porte's starting tailback, nor does he need to be -- senior Keith Whitely ably handles those duties and will again this fall. But the run showed a glimpse of the athleticism that has coaches at Texas, Texas A&M, LSU, Alabama and several other schools champing at the bit to recruit Scott to play linebacker for their school.
"I've been playing [running back] since my sophomore year," Scott said. "But we've got the starter right here, Keith Whitely, and I play behind him. But it's pretty good when I get my chance to try to do the best I can.
"I want to be back there bad, but my heart still belongs on defense."
Since his trip to College Station in July for the Texas state 7-on-7 championships, Scott said little has changed about his recruitment. He picked up an offer from Notre Dame, but his top three remains the same: Texas A&M, Texas and LSU in that order.
Why are those three his top three currently? Scott said location plays a role in his affinity for the Aggies.
"It's because it's close to home and it's in the SEC so I don't have to go too far to play with the big boys," Scott said. "I've been going there a lot. Why go so far when you can play at home in the SEC?"
With Texas, Scott said he gets a good feeling when he visits the campus and he was also flattered to receive an offer from the Longhorns this summer when they began doling out offers to 2014 prospects.
"They're still No. 2 and when I've been going there, they make me feel like that's my home already," Scott said of the Longhorns. "[The offer] made me feel good because that's making me think that they really want me."
When it comes to LSU, Scott said "The coaches are real cool, the players, I got along with them. Coach Les Miles is real cool. He kept it 100 with me, telling me, 'If you come here, we'll take care of you.' "
Going into the fall, Scott said he feels "perfect" physically and is ready for what's in store for him and his La Porte teammates. His goal is simple.
"Play hard and don't have no regrets," he said.