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Florence Square said Kentucky showed her son, DeAndre, plenty of love in his recruitment. Florence Square said Kentucky showed her son, DeAndre, plenty of love in his recruitment.

By LARRY VAUGHT

Michigan linebacker DeAndre Square surprised many when he verbally committed to Kentucky over offers he had from LSU, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Arizona, Purdue, Iowa and others.

Apparently Square has heard or seen plenty of the second guessing and recently vented on Twitter that there was “nothing better #BBN” in response to those critics.

His mother, Florence Square, was stunned that her son showed that kind of frustration and that let to this comment from her on Twitter: “Stop asking my kid! Just keep him in your prayers for a great 12th grade season and an awesome future.”

Florence Square is all in with Kentucky for her son, a top 10 prospect in Michigan and a top-400 national prospect. But enough is enough from those questioning his decision.

“I am very tired of it. All you hear is that they are a basketball school. Why Kentucky? Why not? Everybody can’t be great forever. I am not talking about UK basketball. I am talking any sport. Rise, fall, rebuilding. That’s sports. I believe Kentucky is rebuilding and I like the recruits coming in,” Florence Square said.

“That was the first time I had seen him post something showing he was irritated. That kind of bothered me. That’s not him. But a lot of times these people did not even play sports in high school, so why ask my son what he’s doing. Instead of coming at an athlete and being negative, be positive. They are going to get an education. What’s wrong with that?”

The 6-1, 210-pound Square is rated a four-star prospect by Scout.com and three-star player by other recruiting services. His mother said Kentucky showed her son “plenty of love” and spent an enormous time recruiting him. It helped that UK assistant coach Steve Clinkscale gave him his first Division I offer when he was still coaching at Cincinnati.

“That was in ninth grade. We have been knowing Clink for a while,” Florence Square said. “We had a great relationship not only with him but the whole staff period. They all just made it feel like home.”

It was not one particular thing that impressed Square’s mother when they visited UK. She liked the way someone was available to discuss housing, academics, enrolling early and more. Being from the Detroit area, she also liked the safety of campus.

“I even took a drive into the neighborhoods to see what they were like. I had never visited Kentucky before. I was just very impressed,” Florence Square said.

She also liked that the staff had all recently signed contract extensions.

“I do not worry that when he gets there and somebody he is close to will be leaving,” Florence Square said.

She makes sure he keeps academics as a priority, especially if he wants to have a chance to enroll at UK in January to get a head start on his collegiate career.

“He does not have room to slip for the next level. This is not the time to mess up,” the UK commitment’s mother said. “I am very hard on his grades. It was tough at first when he made the transition to new school but he is very focused.”

She says he is a “typical, irritating middle child” who likes to provoke his sisters.

“He is either Mr. Irritating or Mr. Jokester,” Florence Square said. “And of course he likes spending time with his girlfriend.

But he has a lot of natural gifts when it comes to football. His mother says he’s always been fast, but ran track to get even faster and it worked.

“He grew up as an all-around player. He was a good athlete,” Florence Square said. “He played everything, even a little quarterback. He always played both offense and defense. He was kid who never got off the field.”

He has played both safety and linebacker in high school along with some offense.

“You never know what all he is going to do. He likes playing running back,” she said.

But Florence Square keeps him grounded.

“I may not know all the technical stuff. He will tell it was not my job when I asked him why he didn’t do something,” Florence Square said. “I see the critical, little things first. I am already happy about the good things. I am a critical mom. I keep him grounded. I tell him what he needs to do next time and I don’t even really know but I act like I know. I am the one who gets on his nerves and I won’t stop when he gets to Kentucky, either. He knows that, too.”

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