Scales Discusses A&M Commitment Status

Scales Discusses A&M Commitment Status

Killeen offensive lineman Rhontae Scales was one of the first 2009 prospects to give head coach Mike Sherman a verbal commitment over six months ago. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop talked to Scales recently about his season and his commitment status

In the early spring of 2008, new head coach Mike Sherman and his staff hit the ground running and secured a large number of early commitments in the 2009 class. One of the earliest and most highly-touted recruits to commit and accept a scholarship to Texas A&M was four-star Killeen offensive lineman Rhontae Scales, who was one of four early line commitments. With the Aggies in desperate need of some athletic linemen in the program, it's critical that the team hold on to this 2009 class and start to rebuild the quality depth at the position. In the case of Scales, there seems to be no worries.

"I am 100% committed to Texas A&M," Scales said. "I talk to the coaches just about every week and we have a good relationship. Nothing has changed."

The 6-foot-5, 300-pound lineman attended the first home game of the year, and despite a disappointing loss to Arkansas State, he enjoyed Kyle Field and the game day atmosphere.

"It was fun. I liked the player entrance where they walked down the street in a parade to the stadium," Scales said. "The 12th Man was very loud and we all stood up the whole game for the team. I liked when the whole stadium started swaying back and forth. That was good."

Coach Sherman called the central Texas native shortly after the game. The two talked about the issues and mistakes of a first game, and that it takes time for a new team to get comfortable with a new system, and the coaches knowing what's the best combination on the field.

"We lost our first game too. Young teams are trying to find the right mix and moving players around trying to find what works the best," Scales said. "Sometimes it takes a game or two to work that out. We lost our first game to Ellison (Killeen), but we've come back to win two straight."

But Sherman made it clear during the conversation that he needed immediate help on the offensive line and was looking to him as someone who can come in and compete for playing time in the rotation.

"He said he was looking forward to me coming into the program and developing," Scales said. "He said I needed to come in physically and mentally ready to play. He said he needs some of the freshmen to play next year."

Scales is looking forward to this Saturday's game with Miami and hopes to meet up with several fellow commitments at the stadium.

"I'll be there for the Miami game this Saturday," Scales said. "I talk to Patrick Lewis on the computer all the time, and I talk to Ryan Swope some too. Both of them are supposed to be down there, so that will be good. It should be a good game."

Scales and his Killeen teammates are 2-1 on the season. After a season opening loss to Ellison, the Kangaroos beat Killeen Shoemaker and Harker Heights. The team is doing well and the A&M commit feels his hard work in the offseason is paying off with a good senior season.

"I'm doing pretty good. One area I worked on hard this offseason was improving my speed and quickness," Scales said. "I feel I'm getting off the ball much faster and that's the key."

Killeen will look to make it three in a row as they travel down I-35 to face Pflugerville Connally on the road this Friday.

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