It's been almost 15 months since Killeen offensive tackle prospect Rhontae Scales publicly committed to Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman. In fact, Scales was the first verbal commitment of the 2009 class and his pledge started a domino effect at the offensive line position with Klein Oak guard Clint Naron and Clear Lake defensive lineman turned offensive tackle Stephen Barrera quickly announcing they too would be signing with the Aggies. Five months later, Louisiana native Patrick Lewis joined the class to form one of the best OL classes at Texas A&M in over a decade.
Together, these four line prospects form the nucleus of Sherman's massive rebuilding project at a position severely weakened by graduation and injury. The makeshift offensive line in 2008 significantly hindered what the team could do offensively, and those weaknesses were still evident during 2009 spring practices. However, with this group of four signees and the 2010 OL recruiting class shaping up nicely, there's light at the end of the tunnel. So it doesn't come as any surprise that the four linemen in the 2009 class not only will line-up and play next to each other on the football field, but they will also live together as student-athletes.
"Yeah, I'm rooming with Naron, Barrera, and Lewis," said Scales. "I guess we'll get to know each other pretty well. On the field we have to know what the others are thinking, so I guess the more we spend time together the more we'll know what the others are thinking and we'll be a close knit unit."
For now, Scales is focused on his offseason workout program and getting his academics in order for graduation. Rumors on the Internet have surfaced that the Killeen product may have some difficulties qualifying, but he put those rumors to rest.
"I'm doing great this semester. I'm making all A's and B's," Scales said. "Coach Rossley just called me yesterday and heard I was doing well and told me to keep up the good work."
Rhontae says he's currently 6-foot-5, 310 pounds, up 10 pounds from last fall. He indicated that he's focusing on improving his strength with several lifting sessions a week to go along with his shot put work in track where he'll compete in the regional meet next week.
"Coach Sherman said he needs all the freshmen to come in ready to compete for playing time," Scales said. "He told me if I come in ready to play and work hard, I have the talent to slide into the left tackle spot. He thinks if I do the right things and develop with his guidance, I have the ability to play in the NFL. That's my goal."
But first thing's first. Scales will be graduating the first week in June and then will embark on his collegiate career and his life as a college student which is something he's looking forward to next month.
"They are giving us a week off after graduation. We're coming to College Station on June 13 and we'll start working out together and getting into a routine," Scales said. "I'll be taking a course in the second summer session beginning in July. They want us to get our feet wet with classes so it's not a big surprise when fall classes start."
Scales plans to major in Sport Management.
Scales Prepares for Aggieland
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