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Big SEC offers for Georgia OL ... too late?

3/16/2012

Two big offers came in Thursday for a Peach State prospect who possesses as much upside as any in the Southeast. He is also as big as anyone in the Southeast. University of Florida coach Will Muschamp and University of Alabama coach Nick Saban put in calls to North Gwinnett coach Bob Sphire today to extend an offer to offensive lineman DeVondre Seymour (Suwanee, Ga./North Gwinnett). The 6-foot-5, 315-pound tackle was glad to get the news.

“I like both schools and I hope to take a visit to both really soon,” Seymour said.

Only problem is, the Gators and Crimson Tide might be too late.

The adopted son and biological nephew of former Bulldogs standout and seven-time Pro Bowl selection Richard Seymour, DeVondre has seen his recruitment take off through the last four months, with Georgia being the first to offer the South Carolina native. North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, USF and Virginia have since offered, but one school stands out at the moment for Seymour.

“UGA is the place I have always wanted to go, ever since I was a little kid,” Seymour said. “It is my dream school. I have thought about committing to Georgia a couple of times, and I think it is the right place for me. I can see myself playing there and I feel really comfortable there. I plan on announcing my decision pretty soon, maybe next week.”

Seymour was back in Athens this month for Georgia’s VID Day -- that's Very Important Dawg Day -- along with around 30 other top targets for the Bulldogs. While he has become quite familiar with the campus, the latest visit was an informative one for the talented offensive lineman.

“The visit was pretty much the same, but I was able to get a better feel for everything,” Seymour said. “This time I was able to get a good feel for how the student life is and how the academic system works at Georgia. I definitely felt the love while I was in Athens.”

With a lack of depth and a need to sign three or four at his position, it comes as no surprise that Seymour has been made a priority by the Bulldogs’ offensive line coach.

“I know they do not have any offense linemen in this class right now, and Coach [Will] Friend says they need me and that I can come in and help tremendously with the team,” Seymour said.

With a possible commitment coming soon, Seymour is hoping to get his recruitment out of the way so he can focus on winning a state title his senior year. Like many prospects, his decision is all about finding the right fit.

“It all depends on where I feel comfortable at, as far as the atmosphere, how they run their program and the coaching staff,” Seymour said.