Change of plans for UGA football legacy?

OL DeVondre Seymour (247sports)

OL DeVondre Seymour (247sports)

DeVondre Seymour has had a change of plans with his schoolwork this semester, but it shouldn’t affect his arrival at UGA this January.

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

The younger Seymour, who is a longtime UGA commit, initially planned to finish out this semester at Hinds junior college but has decided to stay in the Atlanta area and complete his two-year degree through the school’s online classes. He is on track to graduate in December.

“I got a little sick when I was down there,” DeVondre told the AJC. “I had to come back home for a little while. So I just decided to stay here and finish through the online classes.”

DeVondre is one of the UGA’s 2015 commitments you’ve probably heard the least about. However, his ceiling of potential is as good as anybody’s in the Bulldogs’ decorated recruiting class. He’s a former basketball player and relatively new to football, but he’s loaded with size and athleticism.

Seymour stands at 6 feet, 6 inches. He has lost a lot of body fat, weighing in at 308 pounds on Monday. Seymour originally signed with UGA out of North Gwinnett High School two years ago, but didn’t qualify.

“Aww man, I’m 10 times better than I was coming out high school,” Seymour said. “My body has gotten developed. I feel more comfortable.”

Seymour is projected to play right or left offensive tackle at UGA, and he’d even play defense like his father, if needed. “I just really want to play,” Seymour said. “It doesn’t even matter to me, to be honest. Wherever they need me at, I’ll play.”

Seymour enrolled at Hinds last summer. The original plan was for Seymour to red-shirt last season, play this season, and then report to UGA in January with three years of eligibility. However, Hinds needed Seymour to play last season due to a lack of depth with linemen. The good news for UGA is that this fall will count as a redshirt year, still giving Seymour three years to play for the Bulldogs.

“The experience at Hinds really just opened my eyes a lot more to see what I have in front of me,” Seymour said. “To be out there on my own … I was out there by myself, just growing and learning the basic skills and getting in shape. Now I know what I need to do to play at a high level.”

Seymour is taking six online classes, including two core credits. He’s not sure when he’ll take his official visit to UGA or go to a game, but he enjoyed watching the Clemson game on TV.

“I’m loving it,” Seymour said. “I wish I was there with them.”


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— By Michael Carvell, AJC’s Recruiting Blog

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