Whether it be running 200-yard sprints in the inner city Houston heat or putting in hard work in a humid weight room, Houston Yates defensive end Damion Square is leading the charge.
Square is growing up before everyone's eyes. He's gained 25 pounds of muscle since the football season and his voice can be heard loud and clear throughout the weight room.
"He's really working and growing up," defensive coordinator Jeff Ceasar said. "I take him against anyone in the state right now at defensive end. His legs have gotten so much stronger. He's just older and maturing, but he's not losing a step."
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Square has seemingly matured about his present status and his upcoming future.
"I'm so happy to be making my family proud," Square said. "We are getting calls from people I haven't heard from in forever. They are telling me how proud they are of me and it's a good feeling. People have been expecting a lot from me since I was a little kid, and I'm trying to make my neighborhood proud."
Square, who has been raised by his grandmother, earned first-team, all-district honors for the second time this past year and now prepares for his final encore. He's also re-opened his recruitment after initially verbally committing to Texas A&M.
"I'm going to decide before we strap it back on in the fall," Square said. "I know that everyone thinks that I'm going to Miami, but I'm going to make this decision for me.
"Arkansas recently offered me and Florida and Florida State are coming at me pretty hard. I want to go see Florida, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Florida State this summer before making a decision."
His work-out mate and good buddy Leroy Chevalier has also transformed. He's stronger and has more urgency in the offensive line drills.
"I just got offered by Georgia and I really like the SEC," Chevalier said. "I'm hoping to get offered by LSU also. That [conference] does a great job at putting people in the NFL."