Scales looking to improve

While verbal commitments might not mean as much to some recruits, Aggie Websider visits with Rhontae Scales, who says he is solid to A&M. Now that that's out of the way, what are his goals for the season? What areas is he hoping to improve the most? Scales chats with Aggie Websider's David Sandhop.

One of Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman's first verbal commitments of 2009 came from Killeen four-star offensive lineman Rhontae Scales back in February, part of an impressive early haul for the Aggies along the line. So, is the 6-foot-5, 300-pound prized recruit still firmly in the Texas A&M camp?

"Oh, I'm a 100% solid on A&M," Scales said. "I'm still getting letters from other schools and OU and OSU came by the other day, but my coach tells them that I'm happy with my commitment and that I won't change my mind. I like everything about Texas A&M, and they run a similar offense to what we do now."

With the recruiting process behind him, what are the priorities for the big man in the offseason and heading into his senior season?

"We started spring practice last week, and we're focusing on firing off and getting off the ball," Scales said. "I'm also working to get stronger and improve my speed."

In fact, Scales says his offseason workout regimen is paying off as he's added muscle mass while also reducing his personal best forty time recently. "I played at 285 pounds last year, and I'm already up to 300 pounds now," Scales said. "But it's good weight. Last year, I ran a 5.3 forty, and this spring I ran a 5.1 so I'm definitely getting stronger and faster. Our coach puts us through a boot camp in the offseason, and it pays off."

Killeen's spring game is May 31. After that, Scales plans to attend one of the Texas A&M camps in June. Other than a summer trip, it will be more of the same – working out and getting prepared for the season. However, Scales said he will become an ambassador for Texas A&M among other recruits and sell them on the idea of joining him in Aggieland.

"I'm going to see my mom in North Carolina, but other than that I'm getting ready for the season and attending one of the Texas A&M camps," Scales said. "I'm going to put out the good word about A&M to everybody. At the spring game (Texas A&M), I talked to a bunch of recruits there about it. Guys like Chris Henderson. I think he committed that weekend."

Scales is looking forward to a successful senior season and feels the Kanagroos are primed for a big season in 2008.

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