Houston Yates defensive end Damion Square is ready for his latest adventure across the country. The 6-foot-3, 258-pound three-star prospect has already been to Notre Dame and to Miami, but this weekend he's heading to SEC country.
"I'm going to Alabama this weekend, and I'm excited about the visit," he said.
"It should be a lot of fun to see what it's like and compare it to the other places I've been. I also went up to Notre Dame, and then I went up to Miami. Miami was really nice. Notre Dame was quite an experience to see. It's a different experience than any other school you go to so it was definitely an interesting experience.
"The coaches were all over my back, excited to watch me. I had a crowd around watching me at both camps. I guess any time you get someone from Texas at a camp they're all watching you. They were watching me go through one-on-one drills."
Square, the nation's No. 38 strongside defensive end, made a verbal commitment to Texas A&M in January but opened things back up in April when he received offers from other big-time programs, including childhood favorite Miami. Notre Dame is also very interested after his camp performance but has yet to offer a scholarship.
"I grew up a Miami fan, but Texas A&M is recruiting me the hardest," Square said. "They're close and my family can come see me play every weekend there. I really like their facilities, too. I was supposed to go there this weekend, but me and my coach are driving up to Alabama."
When he does finally make up his mind the final time, Square has a few things he'll taken under consideration.
"I'll look at the tradition, athletics, and education," he said. "I'll probably only take one visit to the school I choose. That's what all the trips in the summer are for."
When he's not traveling the country, Square is working hard with his teammates on the rapidly approaching 2007 season. Yates has a lot of talent coming back, and Square things both he can do better and his teammates can, too.
"I've just been working out, trying to get better and trying to get faster," he said. "I'm also trying to narrow the school process down so I can make a decision. I'm in the process of narrowing it down. I think I have 24 offers now, and I don't have any main ones right now. It's tough, but I want to choose a school by the time the season starts.
"We'll be pretty good this year. We always have high expectations. We already started working out as a team with no coaches, just the players. August 31st we have our first game against El Campo. They're one of the top teams in the state so they're going to be in for a dog fight. They beat us last year so we're hoping to get back at them."