Monday, January 28, 2013
ESPN 300 OT Seymour talks signing day
By Radi Nabulsi
SUWANEE, Ga. -- ESPN 300 offensive tackle DeVondre Seymour does not give a lot of interviews. He doesn’t see the need for it and if he answered the phone for everyone that called, he would lose valuable study time. After transferring from South Carolina and subsequently getting behind academically, that study time is at an even higher premium as signing day approaches.
Seymour did take a few minutes out of his day to speak with DawgNation recently and outlined what his plans were for signing day.
“I talked to my head coach, coach [Bob] Sphire,” Seymour said. “He said it’d probably be the best thing to do, to wait until after signing day and see where I fall academic-wise.”
DeVondre Seymour, the son of All-Pro Richard Seymour, will likely wait until after signing day to make a college decision.
Sphire explained his reasoning for advising Seymour to wait.
“Well, I don’t see him signing on signing day because he still has some more work to do academically.” Sphire said. “He was kind of behind when he first got here. Still, he’s taking some extra classes now, he’s retaking tests, so this is one of these things that still has a ways to play its way out, and the best thing he can do right now is not do anything until he knows more. It may end up being prep school, it may end up that junior college is the option. He still has time to get things taken care of, too, so the best thing he can do is just keep his nose to the grindstone and work on those things.”
The heavy workload in the classroom has also cut down time for recruiting trips. Seymour has only visited Georgia so far, taking an official to the Bulldogs on Jan. 11.
“Aw, man, it was awesome,” Seymour said. “They showed me much love up there, took care of me. Just seeing around campus. … I mean, I had seen the campus and now got more details about the academics and how my tutors would be set up if I did go there.”
The 6-foot-5, 295-pound senior is mainly focusing on four schools now.
“I’d say Georgia, Alabama and Auburn,” Seymour said. “I talked to Louisville a couple of days ago -- they’ve been talking to me.
The Crimson Tide will get a chance to host Seymour as well.
“I don’t have any [visits] planned yet but I’m planning on taking one down to Alabama pretty soon,” Seymour said.
Nick Saban and company apparently think Seymour will fit into their championship-level offense. They have told Seymour that he “could possibly be a starting tackle for them.”
So with his father, Richard Seymour, being a All-American at Georgia and the Tide pushing for him, who was he rooting for in last season’s SEC championship game?
“That’s a tough one to talk about,” Seymour said. “I’m going to have to say I was going for Georgia on that one.”