UGA offers son of NFL All-Pro DT Richard Seymour

DeVondre Seymour, son of NFL All-Pro DT Richard Seymour (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

DeVondre Seymour, son of NFL All-Pro DT Richard Seymour (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

UGA has offered a football scholarship to the son of one of its most famous football alumni.

DeVondre Seymour, the son of former UGA All-SEC and NFL All-Pro defensive tackle Richard Seymour, was offered by the Bulldogs on Saturday. The younger Seymour is a 6-foot-6, 300-pound offensive tackle at North Gwinnett High School. He is a junior and his father’s alma mater was the second school to offer, following Virginia on Friday.

“I got a call from Mark Richt this week and he said that they were kind of in the next level of evaluation with him and going to look at some more film,” North Gwinnett coach Bob Sphire said. “Coach Richt said if they liked the progress he was making, they were going to end up offering on Saturday. And Georgia ended up doing just that.”

The younger Seymour is relatively new to the sport of football. He is very raw and inexperienced but has a lot of potential. “He’s still learning,” Sphire said. “He never really played any football until he got here as a sophomore. I think he played freshman football at a small school in South Carolina. When Richard moved into the area and brought DeVondre up to the office, Richard was very upfront and said ‘He really doesn’t know any football. He’s a project.” But DeVondre is learning pretty fast.”

“He has great size. All the college scouts love his size, and they think he’s pretty athletic for that kind of size. He’s got long arms, and that’s what you want at an offensive tackle.”

The North Gwinnett coach was surprised to get a call out of the blue from Richt. “I hadn’t really had any conversations with Georgia about DeVondre since last summer. Back then, they were just learning that he was in our football program and they knew about the connection with Richard, who was obviously a great player at Georgia. They really like DeVondre, too.”

The younger Seymour is Richard’s nephew that he adopted as his son.

  • In case you missed it, one of the most talent-loaded teams to ever take the field in the state of Georgia lost in the first round of the playoffs. Stephenson, which has 11 seniors committed to D1 schools, lost 7-0 to Lowndes on Saturday. How will this Stephenson team be remembered? Express your thoughts here
  • UGA is making a late push for the state’s No. 1 WR, Sandy Creek’s Ja’Quay Williams, offering him a late scholarship last week. Williams is a longtime commitment to Auburn, and made an unofficial visit to UGA on Saturday for the Auburn game. Williams did a little smack-talking on his Twitter account during the game, tweeting “imma do Brandon Smith from UGA sooooo wrong next year #wareagle.” Note: Branden Smith plays cornerback for the Bulldogs. We assume Ja’Quay is pretty solid with his Auburn commitment.
  • Allatoona RB Miles Jones said he still hadn’t heard from Georgia Tech on late Sunday night. There was speculation that Georgia Tech might offer a scholarship after another RB target, Liberty County’s Shadrach Thornton, made a surprising commitment to NC State over Georgia Tech on Friday night (click on story link)
  • Malachi Jones, the younger brother of Notre Dame WR TJ Jones, finally picked up his first two offers this weekend with Presbyterian and Tennessee-Chattanooga. The younger Jones is a 6-foot-1, 180-pound wide receiver at Central Gwinnett High School and also has sparked curiosity from UCLA, UMass, Notre Dame and Georgia Tech.

120 comments Add your comment

DogLoverUGAmuttHater

November 13th, 2011
8:49 pm

A UVa diploma and the NFL or UGA? Think that is an easy choice. Go to UVa.

Super Trooper

November 13th, 2011
8:50 pm

It’s no surprise that the UGA braintrust took so long to finally offer the best wide receiver in the South who is oh by the way from Atlanta. The UGA braintrust are the same geniuses that offered #1 NFL pick Cam Newton as a tight end. How did that work out for you Dawgs?

ATLANTA GEORGIA, USA

November 13th, 2011
8:52 pm

Good size, UGA need big players

rogeriter

November 13th, 2011
8:58 pm

Go to your dads alma mater. It did well for him, didn’t it?

slydog

November 13th, 2011
9:00 pm

6′6 300? Can you say left tackle of the future. And whoever said UVA over UGA isn’t looking at the big picture: It’s about football, not academics.

The original OLD Greg

November 13th, 2011
9:06 pm

Hopefully he keeps developing and learning football so he may one day be remembered as a star like his father

trupert

November 13th, 2011
9:08 pm

Line em up! Grantham has this defense playing as well as any in the country and it’s only going to get better. I see alot of defensive prospects coming to Ga and making it big. GATA…

JRW7

November 13th, 2011
9:11 pm

CMR and UGA usually offer too late to get the best instate player, maybe this is a first!

buzzDawg

November 13th, 2011
9:11 pm

Wow. It doesn’t seem that long ago that Richard Seymour was playing at Georgia. If the kid is anything like his dad, I hope he commits to Georgia.

jim

November 13th, 2011
9:15 pm

so where are the “& more items”?

ATL Sports Fan

November 13th, 2011
9:17 pm

DeVondre is Richard’s nephew that he adopted. The kid is very raw but has huge upside.

Smitty

November 13th, 2011
9:19 pm

Great pedigree… I hope he gives Dawgs a look

al

November 13th, 2011
9:20 pm

tech needs to see what it can do to get its grad rate up like uga’s…..
tech last in acc

gp

November 13th, 2011
9:23 pm

Richard is a stand up guy if that is true about the adoption.

Paul in NH

November 13th, 2011
9:27 pm

slydog

November 13th, 2011
9:00 pm
6′6 300? Can you say left tackle of the future. And whoever said UVA over UGA isn’t looking at the big picture: It’s about football, not academics.

There are more offensive linemen in the NFL from UVA than from UGA.

KJ

November 13th, 2011
9:34 pm

Wow the trolls are even dumber than usual today. UVA a better road to the NFL than UGA? LOL, sure buddy, whatever you say.

Snoop Dawg

November 13th, 2011
9:44 pm

From “Ja Quay” Williams’ tweet, it doesn’t sound like he is smart enough or has enough class to go to UGA. He sounds like Waushaun and Caleb King with all that mambo jambo ghetto jive… Why let another energy vampire on the bus? We need players with character… Not smart while visiting UGA to be dissing their players… Just plain stupid.

DogLoverUGAmuttHater

November 13th, 2011
9:44 pm

Paul in RDU now NH UGA fans will not believe that because it is TRUE.

Concrete Pete

November 13th, 2011
9:46 pm

JaQuay, more like “NO WAY” that he can qualify. This is fact. Talk to anyone at Heard Co. High. He’ll be at juco next year, then in 2 yrs catch 10 passes a year in Malzahn’s gimmick offense

Paul in NH

November 13th, 2011
9:48 pm

KJ
You are the classic UGA homer who thinks because UGA has more talent overall than UVA that you must be more likely to make the NFL if you go to UGA. As you noted – the trolls are even dumber than usual today – they post their prejudices without facts to back then up.

There are 35 former UGA players on NFL rosters – 4 of whom are offensive linemen
Thefre are 23 former UVA players on NFL rosters – 5 of whom are offensive linemen.

SouthernDawg

November 13th, 2011
9:48 pm

Let’s see….UVA players currently on NFL rosters is 28. UGA players currently on NFL rosters is 45.

Dawg1

November 13th, 2011
9:51 pm

Pretty pathetic. Nothing better to do then to trash the Dawgs over a couple of recruits.

Two more weeks then hopefully the silence will be deafening.

DogLoverUGAmuttHater

November 13th, 2011
9:51 pm

SouthernDawg positions matter. UVa and UGA both have one each starting QB’s

Flo-Ri-Duh

November 13th, 2011
9:52 pm

He may be ready to play by his junior year. Lot’s of time and money involved in a project like this. Kwame Gaethers was a project but he is working out. Georgia certainly needs OL.

Paul in NH

November 13th, 2011
9:53 pm

DogLover
Between UGA and UVA there was one starting OL on the Pro Bowl roster and I’ll let you guess which school he went to

Paul in NH

November 13th, 2011
9:59 pm

On a serious note – if DeVondre has the same talent as his father he has a great deal of upside – the Pats D hasn’t been the same since Seymour Sr was traded

Big DAWG

November 13th, 2011
10:02 pm

Trust me, Juquay williams could not get into Georgia. He knows that and that is why he is committed to Aweburne.

bitter spoiled recruit

November 13th, 2011
10:05 pm

200 div 1 recruits in georgia high schools each year———we got our pick—spoiled recruits

——-have your people contact our people——get in line——-dawgs rule—

————————–we sign WHO WE DECIDE WE LIKE——-get it “spoiled recruit”

Achtung

November 13th, 2011
10:05 pm

Paul in NH- Georgia is sending 3 OLine to the NFL this year. Scouts have Glenn rated the top guard in the draft, Jones the top center in the draft and Anderson will make it too. No wonder Georgia has 1200 yards offense the past 2 weeks and about to win a conference championship. UVA? At least you can beat Tech every now and then.

bitter dontavouis cesar H. WALKER

November 13th, 2011
10:08 pm

CARRY MY JOCK —spoiled recruit————bone crusher H. WALKER

———————–GEORGIA COACHING STAFF RULES—————

slawdawg

November 13th, 2011
10:10 pm

Saw the Georgia Coaches on the sideline at the Trojan vs. Columbia game making a late push for JJ and a WR from Columbia. Not sure which one they were all 6′4 or 6′5

UGA says ..............howadaya like me now?

November 13th, 2011
10:13 pm

All the jealous of UGA haters now have to look at the numbers:

UGA with this NEXT SEC EAST title ( STAY TUNED BABY !!) will enjoy its 4th or 5th SEC CG DOME visit in 11 years !!!! What about that fools, makes you think CMR is a loser???HMMMMM? SEC is BIG BOY BALL. UGA is there very other year which proves that theya re at least IN THE HUNT 45% of the time …………over a decade or more AND CMR has won at least 8/9 games 9 out of 11 years!!!! UGA IS ONE OF THE TOP ALL TIME PROGRAMS LOVER THE LAST 10 or 11 years. Hooray!!!

That means 9 OTHER SEC coaches had to divy up the other 6 games. My point?

UGA with this year’s squad will be in the DOME to play for the TITLE and that is either 4 or 5 shots with TWO SEC titles so far. We ahve one other SEC Eas title.

SEC is big boy ball. NOT ONE TEAM in the ACC could do this feat.

GT? AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHHAAHAHA, Two Orange Bowls in 45 years and BOTH WERE DEVASTATING LOSSES.

CJ

November 13th, 2011
10:14 pm

How old is Richard Seymour? Did he have this kid at 16?

slydog

November 13th, 2011
10:15 pm

Paul in NH

There are more players in the NFL from UGA than from UVA. There are more championships at UGA than UVA. Got anything else?

dawgsontop

November 13th, 2011
10:15 pm

Paul in NH

Lets have this conversation after the draft this year when we have 3 OL get drafted

Dawg-1956

November 13th, 2011
10:17 pm

For lo these many years and more often recently we have only to look at the Top 25 teams and see the number of standout athletes playing football for those teams. Why the hell can’t we do a better job recruiting higher-rated players? Yeah, I know, the “Recruiting Class of 20–” was rated X in each year but the truly great athletes seem to end up somewhere else. Does Cam Newton ring any bells?

Not that we don’t get lots of good players, it’s just that other states around GA are now consistently producing top-10 standings and standout players. Where are they getting their players from? Hmmm…I’ll take a stab: GA?

Things are beginning to look better, however; this year’s “dream Team” may just be the beginning of better things for our Dawgs. I’ve suffered through some God-awful years with the Dawgs and I can go a bit longer – though I’m getting a bit long in the tooth now!

slydog

November 13th, 2011
10:18 pm

Also Paul from NH, Any dummy knows that you can go Toledo and make it to the NFL. But thanks for pointing out that 35 to 23 ratio. Who cares about position? It’s about winning. Guz Malzahn is the best OC in the country. That doesn’t mean he’s going to get the best QB’s, WR’s, and RB’s every year. BTW , this blog is for HOMERS NOT HATERS AND TROLLS SUCH AS YOURSELF.

CJ

November 13th, 2011
10:18 pm

Nevermind, just caught the adoption part

O linemen can be taught and groomed over two or three years

November 13th, 2011
10:19 pm

Give a kid a red shirt frosh year, then let him scrimmage and play practice teams for two years, then, when he is maybe 20,21 he will have added BULK and STRENGTH and STAMINA and will have two soild years to play All Star ball as a Junior and a Senior.

We need 4,5 or 6 of these kids every year and also sign two or three O linemen that can play back up right now or start, like Clint Boling or Kenarius Gates have done.

UGA is back. Get used to it haters. YOU KNOW we are back and you are losing sleep. HATE US GOOD in the SEC C game and then hate us even more in our major bowl game.

On recruiting day ……………..you will be downing TUMS. AAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHA

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHHAAHA, AU eats cow dung. UGA STOMPED THEM BUT GOOD.

slydog

November 13th, 2011
10:19 pm

How many HOF linemen went to Virginia? None, so why does it matter idiot

Throw me a bone

November 13th, 2011
10:22 pm

Wheres tide roll?

Throw me a bone

November 13th, 2011
10:24 pm

I cant hear tide roll now… He has nothing to say

Achtung

November 13th, 2011
10:25 pm

He changed his handle to Paul in NH.

dawg

November 13th, 2011
10:27 pm

jaquay, I recommend you give darick rogers a call. He my have some valuable advice for you!

cadawg

November 13th, 2011
10:32 pm

tide roll wants to go ahead and start devondre at left tackle. i can hear him now, talking about how theus is a chump and would never have cracked the lineup anywhere else…

Achtung

November 13th, 2011
10:33 pm

Yeah D’Rick talked smack about UGA and there was A great pic after the Tenn game of Rogers falling back with his mouthpiece flying out from a big hit by Brandon Smith.

Throw me a bone

November 13th, 2011
10:33 pm

No its not because he didnt mention rokevious watkins

UGAJD

November 13th, 2011
10:36 pm

@ Paul in NH – UVA is a great academic institution – one of the nation’s elite – but UGA’s not too shabby… And don’t try to compare NFL resumes with UGA. It just doesn’t wash.

tide roll

November 13th, 2011
10:37 pm

DeVondre Seymour would be a great pick up for Georgia. But your problem is next year. That’s when the Richt/Bobo braintrust goes from Bean Anderson to Watts Dantzler. Instead of Chris Burnette at Center, you go with Andrews from THE Weslyan School! And you move Kenarious Gates to Left Tackle to make room for that incredible road grader, Dallas Lee. Better enjoy this year with your current offensive line because this is the last time you’ll witness anything close to it in the future. The only reason Richt started Glenn, Anderson, Burnette and Gates was to save his butt! You play a big boy schedule next year. Good luck with the athletes you have slated to replace those currently on your offensive line. You’ll need it. But that’s the “Georgia Way” Welcome back to 7-6 dawgs!

WinderDawg

November 13th, 2011
10:37 pm

Jay Quay….get use to no one knowing your name…the best WR at Auburn would be 4th on depth chart at Bama and UGA has two fresh better than you so this may the last time you are in the paper…except when you do the stupid hat thing on signing day.