Damion Square Update

Aggie Websider's David Sandhop had a chance to visit with the standout defensive end from Houston Yates about his decommittment from Texas A&M and whether or not the Aggies are still in the picture. Be sure and sign up for your annual subscription today to continue reading these premium articles. Today is the final day to receive the special promotional package!

There has been a lot of speculation as to why Houston Yates (TX) defensive end Damion Square and his teammate Leroy Chevalier decommitted from Texas A&M last month after an early commitment to the Aggies in February. However, the four-star defensive prospect says it was nothing more than wanting to experience the recruiting process, and feeling that he rushed a once-in-a-lifetime decision.

"I got excited on my visit to A&M and committed on the spot," Square said. "After I thought about it, I realized I had nothing to compare A&M to. A&M was the first school I visited, and this is too big of a decision to rush into it. I owe it to myself to see other schools and weigh my choices."

However, Square made it clear that a decommitment doesn't mean the Aggies are no longer in consideration. He still has Texas A&M high on his list.

"Texas A&M might be the school," Square said. "I really like the tradition and the 12th Man is special. Their fans really get into it. The coaches also treat me right. Coach Malone (A&M assistant Van Malone) tells it like it is and doesn't sugar coat things. He speaks the truth."

But the Houston native is interested in other programs as well. Miami, Alabama, Texas, Arkansas, Florida, and Florida State are just some of the schools he mentioned recently. "I've got a lot of top schools looking at me," Square said. "I'm not ready to narrow down my list. I need to do some more research and see some places this summer before I can do that. I need to make an informed decision."

The 6-foot-3, 260-pound defensive end is clear about one aspect of the recruiting process. He wants to travel and see several out-of-state schools that he otherwise wouldn't get a chance to see.

"One thing I know for sure is I want to take all five of my official visits and I want to take them to out-of-state schools," Square said. "I still plan to visit Texas A&M and Texas, but I will drive there and take unofficial visits. I can't do that with these other schools, so I'll use my official visits on those further away."

Square burst onto the scene last year as a junior when he racked up 91 tackles and 16 sacks. Even at his size, the defensive lineman has incredible speed and quickness, running the 40 in the 4.6 range. He recently tested and registered a 32" vertical jump and posted 24 reps on the bench press.

Houston Yates recently concluded spring practice, and Square feels he and his team have a bright future in 2007.

"We're looking good right now," Square said. "We're coming together as a team. I've tried to step up and be a leader to some of the younger guys. Leroy (Chevalier) and I are trying to step it up. He moved to left tackle and we've been pushing each other. He makes me better, and I make him better."

At this time, Square has no plans to attend any summer camps.

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