Former University of Alabama defensive end and co-captain Damion Square has been busy since winning another national championship a month ago. In addition to having arthroscopic surgery he attended the celebratory parade on campus, was at the 2013 Raycom College Football All-Star Classic in Montgomery (but didn’t play), hired the same agent as former teammate Dre Kirkpatrick, and began preparing for the upcoming NFL Draft with CES Performance (Competitive Sports Edge).
Defensive end Damion Square led Alabama in hurries this past season with nine, and was in on 33 tackles.
Here’s part one of Square’s draft-prep diary with BamaOnline:
“I’m back in Houston. I was going to work with CES regardless, but they have (a facility) in Atlanta, but they decided to move their combine group to Houston this year because they have different campuses. It just so happens that I’m from Houston, Texas, so it worked out great for me. My mom gets to see my son more and I get to see my family a little more while getting in the work that I need. It was a good deal.
“I signed with Brian Oversteet with United Sports Group in Houston, Texas. I’ve known Overstreet since I was 10-, 11- years old, so he’s a guy that I trust, a guy who knows my family, and where I come from. A guy who knows understands my values and things because we come from a similar place, Houston, Texas. A guy who I can call at three o’clock in the morning and will understand any situation that I present him over the phone.
“I’ve been working with Pete Jenkins, a guy who was close to Coach Saban back at LSU and who has some NFL experience, coached at Auburn and Mississippi State, I think he has at least 48 years of coaching experience. I’ve been working with him and have been watching some film on what it takes to play in the NFL as far as pass-rushing moves and O-linemen sets, different schemes and things like that.
“I had a knee scoped that I figure I was going to have to have done, because I was going to have to sit down and stay off my legs a little bit. I talked to the guy who’s representing me and just talked to my coaches and things like that we figured it would be good to have the surgery the Friday after the game so my recovery time could start. I played in January and lot of guys got a jumpstart on getting ready to go to the next level, so I figured the least time wasted would be valuable to me.
“I’m still rehabbing it right now, trying to work my way back into things, running in a pool and do a number of low-impact things, but still get the same amount of work. They have a treadmill called the AlterG that you can set the gravity level to whatever you want to, you can set it to 50 percent of your body weight or 10 percent of your body weight and still get the same amount of calories burned and the same workout. I’m just doing a lot of low-impact things, but upper body I’m doing everything that I need to be doing and like everyone else just trying to get stronger in the bench press so I have a great presentation for the NFL scouts.
“Next, I have the combine coming up, I did get my combine invite, so I will be attending the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Also, Alabama’s Pro Day. Just getting prepared, be smart about the work that I do, but get in as much of a workout as I possibly can.”
Alabama invitation list for NFL Combine
Quinton Dial, defensive lineman
D.J. Fluker, offensive lineman
Nico Johnson, linebacker
Barrett Jones, offensive lineman (injured)
Eddie Lacy, running back
Robert Lester, safety
Dee Milliner, cornerback
Damion Square, defensive lineman
Chance Warmack, offensive lineman
Jesse Williams, defensive lineman
NFL Combine: Feb. 20-26 (defensive linemen workout Feb. 25)
Alabama Pro Day: March 13.
NFL Draft: April 25-27