Wednesday, February 6, 2013
ESPN 300 OL, UGA legacy makes call
By DawgNation staff
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia added another ESPN 300 offensive lineman to its class this morning when four-star DeVondre Seymour (Suwanee, Ga./North Gwinnett) elected to sign with the Bulldogs, DawgNation's Kipp Adams has confirmed.
Seymour, the No. 259 overall prospect and No. 14 offensive tackle, is the adopted son of former Georgia Bulldogs All-American Richard Seymour. He initially considered waiting to sign until he sorts out academic concerns, but instead signed with the Bulldogs on Wednesday and could attend a prep school.
The 6-foot-5, 295-pound prospect chose the Bulldogs over three other finalists: Alabama, Auburn and Louisville. Seymour took a visit to UGA on Jan. 11, but academics forced him to focus on the classroom this past month and limited his chances to take other visits.
North Gwinnett coach Bob Sphire explained Seymour's situation last week to DawgNation's Radi Nabulsi: “Well, I don’t see him signing on signing day because he still has some more work to do academically. ... 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.”
What is the impact of Seymour's decision?
Instant analysis What it means for Georgia: Seymour is a raw prospect, but Georgia offensive line coach Will Friend loves his potential.
What it means for Auburn: It’s not a huge loss for the Tigers, who seemed to cool on Seymour as signing day approached and his academic status remained a mystery.
Turning point: Seymour always liked Georgia, but his recruitment did not feature a great deal of drama since many schools did not expect him to become an initial qualifier.
Surprise (scale of 1-5): 3. The surprise is not so much that Seymour picked Georgia, it was that he picked anyone on signing day.
Immediate impact (scale of 1-5): 2. Georgia is not planning for Seymour to be on the roster this fall, but there is still an outside chance that he resolves his academic concerns and qualifies to join this class. Otherwise, the Bulldogs hope he can do a fall in prep school and perhaps arrive at Georgia next year.