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Change of plans for UGA 2015 commit

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OL DeVondre Seymour (247sports)

OL DeVondre Seymour (247sports)

UGA has five commitments for its 2015 recruiting class, and probably the least one you’ve heard about is DeVondre Seymour.

Seymour is the nephew and adopted son of former UGA and NFL defensive lineman Richard Seymour.

“Everybody around here thinks he’s going to be a big-time player in the SEC,” Hinds recruiting coordinator Dwike Wilson told the AJC on Wednesday.

The younger Seymour played at North Gwinnett High School last year, and got the last-minute opportunity to sign with UGA in February 2013, even though he was unlikely to qualify.

This past fall, Seymour reported to Mississippi’s Hinds junior college. The original plan was for Seymour to red-shirt this year and play next season – allowing him to have three years to play three seasons after he transferred to UGA.

The original plan has been tweaked.

“We have around a total of 20 guys on scholarship for offensive line and defensive line, and eight of them were hurt,” Wilson said. “So (Seymour) had to play this past year. We needed him.

“It will still work out all the same for him at Georgia, though.”

Right now, the adjusted plan is for Seymour to redshirt next season at Hinds. He will take classes both sessions this summer with plans of transferring to UGA next January.

“The running back coach (Bryan McClendon) called my yesterday,” Wilson said. “They love him, and they can’t wait to get him on campus. (McClendon) wanted to make sure that he’s on pace to get there next January. He is.”

The 6-foot-6, 310-pound Seymour, who is relatively new to football, played both ways at Hinds. He started on the defensive line in the team’s season-opener, and was the starting right guard in the bowl game.

“He’s still learning the game but he has a lot of the stuff you can’t coach,” Wilson said. “He has the size and the speed. He has got good feet. He can bend. He’s flexible. He does have a mean streak. So he can play pissed off.

“All coaches like to say he’s just raw, but a lot of that is just him catching up with his body. He just grew up so fast. He’s so big. Now he’s finally catching up with his athletic talent with his body. It’s balancing up. He’s maturing as a football player. He’s getting stronger, and that’s helping him to be able to control his body a lot better.”

Wilson was a graduate assistant coach at Ole Miss years ago, and he said that Seymour reminds him of a former player, Terrance Metcalf, who was an All-American offensive lineman that played seven seasons with NFL’s Chicago Bears.

“He has got more raw talent than Terrence does, and (Seymour) is about two inches taller.  But (Seymour) has feet, he has punch, and he’s mean like him.

Wilson thinks if Seymour continues to develop at a fast rate, the big guy could start by his second year at UGA as a red-shirt junior, if not sooner.

“He needs to improve with his upper-body strength and his core strength (his back and stomach). He needs to get those things together and be with a coach who understands protection. He’s just a young offensive lineman. I don’t know too many that are real football savvy starting off. Those guys usually redshirt and become good football players because they’ve been around so long and they understand the game. (Seymour) is learning the game every day.

“He gets better every day he walks out there.”

The elder Seymour has visited Hinds at least three times in recent months. “His dad cares about the grades. He stays on him about the school work.”

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