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Scott gives the latest, top three

Notre Dame is one of the more recent programs to offer La Porte defensive end/outside linebacker Hoza Scott.

Scott lists a top three that includes some of the region's top programs.

The Irish now join Alabama, Florida, LSU, Oregon, Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA and USC in their pursuit of the 6-3, 225-pound four-star recruit from La Porte High School.

“I talked to them two weeks ago. [Notre Dame cornerbacks] coach [Kerry] Cooks asked me if I was interested in Notre Dame, and I told him that I was, so he said, ‘Well, I’m offering you a full-ride scholarship to Notre Dame,’” Scott said. “I like how they’re the ‘Fighting Irish.’ They’re always fighting and never give up. I also really like their new jerseys and helmets, too.”

Scott shared his top schools and recruiting plans with BlueandGold.com, 247Sports' Notre Dame affiliate.

“My top three are Texas A&M, Texas and LSU,” Scott said. “I also like Alabama and Florida."

Scott has always indicated he'd like to make a decision at the end of his junior season. He indicated that decision timeframe is still likely.

“I might make my decision after the football season this year," he said. "I’m not quite ready to make it yet. I still want to take some visits and see some places.”

Certain factors will play a key role in the Lone Star State standout’s decision.

“I’m going to be looking at the graduation percentage, and the environment has to be nice,” Scott said. “I’ll also have to get along with the people at the school and feel like I fit in there.”

Scott recorded 60 tackles, 20 sacks, picked off four passes and scored four touchdowns on defense during his sophomore campaign. He is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 2 junior weak-side defensive end in the country, the No. 4 player in Texas and the No. 28 overall recruit in the class of 2014.

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