Surprise! Son of NFL star will visit UGA this weekend

The son of one of UGA’s most famous football players will take an official visit with the Bulldogs this weekend.

DeVondre Seymour is a 6-foot-6, 320-pound offensive lineman from North Gwinnett High School, and the son of NFL All-Pro defensive tackle Richard Seymour of the Oakland Raiders. The younger Seymour is a family relative who was adopted by the older Seymour.

DeVondre Seymour, son of NFL All-Pro and former UGA DT RIchard Seymour (AJC)

DeVondre Seymour, son of NFL All-Pro and former UGA DT Richard Seymour (AJC)

The father and son will likely take the UGA trip together.

“Yes, DeVondre did come see me this morning and say that he is taking his official visit to Georgia this weekend,” North Gwinnett coach Bob Sphire said. “Richard is back home from the NFL season, and I think he’s taking DeVondre over there this weekend.”

This will be the first official visit for Seymour, who is also being recruited by Alabama, Florida and Tennessee, among others.

“I was out of town, and I just read that Rodney Garner went to Auburn,” Sphire said. “I’m sure there will be some pressure for (Seymour) to visit there, but that’s just an assumption I’m making.”

UGA was the first school to offer Seymour, who appeared to be on the brink of committing to the Bulldogs last spring. However, Seymour wasn’t ready to make a decision, and then once the summer arrived, he gave his full attention to helping North Gwinnett compete for a state championship (Sphire prefers for his players to focus on recruiting before or after the season).

“DeVondre went to California over the Christmas break to spend time with him, and they discussed recruiting,” Sphire said.

When asked if UGA still wanted a commitment from Seymour, Sphire responded, “I haven’t been notified of anything different from Georgia. They really like the kid.”

UGA has 29 commitments, including three on the offensive line. The Bulldogs are hoping to sign at least one or two more, including 5-star Laremy Tunsil of Lake City, Fla.

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Seymour is relatively new to football, but has a high ceiling of potential, according to his coach.

And Sphire knows a good offensive lineman when he see one. Tennessee right tackle Ja’Wuan James, who is a top prospect for the 2014 NFL Draft, played at North Gwinnett.

“I think he is very similar athletically to Ja’Wuan … maybe not as fast as Ja’Wuan but as far as footwork, balance, and athleticism,” Sphire said. “He’s probably longer than Ja’Wuan with his reach.

“He’s got a lot of similar qualities. You just don’t find a lot of guys that are 6-6, 320 pounds and that athletic. That’s kind of hard to find.”

Seymour, who has kept a low profile during the recruiting process, told the AJC on Thursday that he may check out some other schools, but he hasn’t set up any additional visits yet.





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107 comments Add your comment

Vampire Bill

January 10th, 2013
11:13 pm

That’s one big dude!

Dawg n the Know

January 10th, 2013
11:14 pm

Ut oh, this visit was supposed to be a secret. CMR doesn’t want Laremy Tunsil to get wind of this because he’s a silent commit, and this might scare him to Alabama. Tunsil already told CMR that he wasn’t coming if Trenton Brown was in the same class, and they pushed Brown to Florida. CMR even made a phone call to Florida to get the ball rolling on that one. Yes, that’s how badly they want Tunsil. Please, if you are from Florida or Alabama, do not send Tunsil a link to this article because we need both Tunsil and Seymour at Jawja. No doubt Seymour will commit this weekend, too.


January 10th, 2013
11:21 pm

Not that it matters, but as close to 1st as ever. He needs to come to UGA. We always need lineman.


January 10th, 2013
11:26 pm

There’s a quote from Richard Seymour in the 2012 Media Guide in which several NFL Dawgs talk about their time at Georgia and also how it prepared them for the NFL. Seymour’s quote ends with “…I have a son now and if I could send him to any school it would definitely be Georgia.”

Michael Carvell

January 10th, 2013
11:44 pm

@JT I had a commitment story written in advance about Seymour to UGA last spring, but it never happened. I will have it ready again this weekend lol

Ron Mexico

January 10th, 2013
11:46 pm

dawg n the know, haha…..yea I’m sure Tunsil is afraid of competition, he’s only the best OT in the country. it’s obvious you’re not a dawg fan but i got a good laugh from your comment.

“please don’t send the link to Tunsil”……

Holy Guacamole

January 10th, 2013
11:48 pm

Getting Seymour and Tunsil would probably shut up all of us who whine about the need for O linemen. Wow! That would be awesome. Hope it happens.


January 10th, 2013
11:49 pm

The best recruiting tool would be a 10,000 seat addition to Sanford Stadium and a state of the art indoor practice facility.

Holy Guacamole

January 10th, 2013
11:49 pm

Son of a Dawg. Seems like there is a song lyric to be had in there somewhere.


January 11th, 2013
12:15 am

I hope he comes to UGA. After this next season there are sure to be several openings on the O-Line. he will have a year to learn the system and 2 or 3 years to play. I hope Dad gets his wish.

Dawg 4 Life

January 11th, 2013
12:41 am

We will most likely have three senior starters on the offensive line this upcoming season. LT, LG, and RG. So, we definitely need both Tunsil and Seymour. Tunsil is so good that he could possibly beat out Gates and Beard at the LT spot as a true freshman. Wouldn’t surprise me at all… You can’t teach size. Seymour is 6′6″ 320 lbs and very athletic. You combine that with the work ethic of his father and you could have a special football player down the road… Go Dawgs!!

Tide Roll

January 11th, 2013
1:33 am

Be very careful DeVondre. Don’t let your emotional ties to Georgia cloud your decision. These guys recruit and sign who they prefer, and who they prefer is who they play, and they prefer Watts Dantzler, Alden Bynum, Greg Pyke, Kolton Houston, Dallas Lee, Huey Long, Dewey Long, Kublablow, Nardiello, Theus and Theus and David Andrews and Dabell and on and on! They don’t prefer (and these are all in-state kids, and all offensive linemen, just like you). Brandon Greene,(BAMA), Shamire Devine,(TECH), Jeremi Hall(TECH) Joshua Outlaw, Octavious Jackson,(FLORIDA) Trent Brown,(FLORIDA), Vadal Alexander,(LSU) and Delando Crooks (VANDY), and Max Garcia (FLORIDA). Do you see a pattern here DeVondre? Be very wary. Look at your position coach and offensive coordinator. Look at your Strength and Conditioning Coach. Look at your grad assistant. If one of those players mentioned above, UGA’s preferences, are withn a mile of your athleticism, who do you think Joe T. Will Friend, and especially Mike Bobo are going to recommend start? And you think Richt will challenge that? He’ll sell you down the river in a heartbeat. If any of these facts give you pause for concern, as they should, then get as far away from the place as you can. It’s been 33 years. and this is the reason why. And. with UGA’s Fan Base, Alumni and especially. the relics who make up their Athletic Board don’t look for that 33 year drought to end any time soon. Just be very wary.


January 11th, 2013
5:24 am

Seymour played for North Gwinnett, Not Central Gwinnett.


January 11th, 2013
6:11 am

A big fellow like that, if his technique is down pat, could be a heck of a tackle for UGA. It appears that the young man is motivated to play for the DAWGS and right now we are his only official visit he has scheduled. Show this young man, how nice it would be to play for UGA and the coaches, and get a verbal from him, if you can. Guys this size with good athletic skills don’t come along that often.
If Tunsil passes on UGA, then this kid could be the answer, for the team. He is from Georgia, has a relative that is a pro. player so he is I would bet that he has a lot of savvy already to play, in the next few years in the SEC. He would be close to home also, and that is always a selling point for some of these young men.


January 11th, 2013
6:16 am

Tide roll. How is your team “GT ” shaping up for next year. I have read where they now have 14 players verbally committed to join the team in February. When are you going to quit hiding behind your mask and admit, what almost all of the fans on the AJC blogs already know?
If you are ashamed of your team, shouldn’t your energy be spent on blogging for them, and hoping they somehow start playing the game. It is so sad, to see a fan so ashamed of his own school, that he feels he must pump up his ego, by claiming to be a fan of a successful program.


January 11th, 2013
6:38 am

Isn’t Richard Seymour like 33 years old? And he has a son that’s a senior in high school?

Brown Dog

January 11th, 2013
7:12 am

Tate, take another look. The kid is a relative who Richard adopted.

doug dawg

January 11th, 2013
7:20 am

tate, he ADOPTED the kid, a family member. didn’t you read the article????

ole dawg

January 11th, 2013
7:24 am

UGA would love to have you Devondre. Aint nothing like playing between the hedges. The Dawg nation wants and needs you. You’ll never regret staying in state and playing for Coach Richt.

Hold on!!!!

January 11th, 2013
7:45 am

The kid is going Juco bc of grades. This visit will have no effect on Tunsil.


January 11th, 2013
8:13 am

The kid is looking at Georgia Tech..

The Truth

January 11th, 2013
8:20 am

I have been hoping we could get Seymour. Big kid with tons of potential. If he and Tunsil were in the same class, our OL would be looking great for the next couple of years.


January 11th, 2013
8:27 am

Is there a bigger toll than Tide Roll? All recruits, this guy is a “wannabee something” if there ever was one. He embarrasses alums at all schools…..


January 11th, 2013
8:30 am

bigger “tool” that is….


January 11th, 2013
8:56 am

Need this kid. Need big, athletic OL since we run an offense proven at the collegiate level. Tech should sign a couple more ham-handed tight ends, put some weight on them and teach them to cut(chop)-block.

The Ol Bawl Coach

January 11th, 2013
8:58 am

I agree with you boys; there aint nothin like playin between the hedges.hahahahahaha!


January 11th, 2013
9:01 am

Tide Troll up at 1:33 AM… on a UGA blog… Really ????? you need a wife.. girl friend, hobby, a sport , a Life of any kind……. Really !!!!!!

Destin Dawg

January 11th, 2013
9:06 am

we need a couple more huge linemen both Laremy and DeVondre… go Dawgs !!

Gorilla Biscuit

January 11th, 2013
9:16 am

Tide Roll = Racist Troll, and a Techerhead to boot. How sad. :(


January 11th, 2013
9:32 am

Hey ol ball-sac, you like playing between the hedges, lol. SC is like what, 17-49 against UGA???
THINK YOU’LL BEAT AUBURN THIS YEAR??? , Baaaaaaaaaahaaaaaaahaaaaaaaa…


January 11th, 2013
9:37 am

Dawg n the Know—Go back to sleep.


January 11th, 2013
9:40 am

My favorite Tide Roll quote: “You can’t make this stuff up”. And yet he does. And he probably will for many years to come. So sad a tech fan hiding behind another teams moniker.


January 11th, 2013
9:41 am

MC, it’s time for you to take seriously the warning that is posted before each blog: Inappropriate BLOG comments and personal attacks will NOT be tolerated. We love the lively discussions but hate-filled, harassing and irresponsible comments are unacceptable.

Tide Roll is allowed to come on the blog every single day and basically call the coaching staff at UGA racists, If that is not inappropriate, hate-filled, harassing, and irresponsible, then I don’t know what is. If Tide Roll said those things about you or any other coach in college football, his comments would get deleted. I understand that anyone with a brain can discern thatTide Rolls comments are factually inaccurate (see Cordy Glenn, Kenarious Gates, Chris Burnette, Mark Beard for recent examples), but enough is enough.

Tide Roll's Former Tutor

January 11th, 2013
9:52 am

Tide Roll is a lost cause as far as my tutoring goes. No more. I will give Tide Roll credit for being an investigative reporter and uncovering stuff the masses do not know. For example:

That crafty Mark Richt did not want Brandon Greene, Shamire Devine, and Vadal Alexander so he recruited them, offered them a scholarship, all the while trying to push them away to rival schools, and succeeding. We would not have known this if not for some A+ detective work by TR.

Tide Roll, in another brilliant piece of journalistic digging, discovered that “they recruit who they prefer, and who they prefer they play.” TR lists Watts Dantzler, Alden Bynum, Greg Pyke, Kolton Houston, Kublanow, Nardiello, and Debell as evidence. I think Richt has committed some NCAA infractions here, playing guys still in high school, being redshirted, and one who has been banned by the NCAA.

That is what I call big time whistleblowing.

One final bit of praise for Tide Roll. Notice how he smoothly moved from 32 years to 33 years, as we entered 2013. No one can deny your math ability.

Tide Roll: Making Yellow Jacket fans and the Bama Nation proud with each post.


January 11th, 2013
9:55 am

I’ve heard the same thing about Seymour for awhile. Big upside potential but grades are. Serious issue. We can sign him and place him but we need Oline depth now.


January 11th, 2013
10:04 am

Laremy Tunsil had absolutely nothing to do with Trenton Brown. Trenton Brown is a guard, not a tackle. He thinks he is a tackle. He weighs 350 pounds and is not athletic enough to play tackle in the SEC.

This kid Seymour is a 3 star. Tunsil is a 5 star. Tunsil can play right away for UGA. Seymour will redshirt.

There are kids on the roster right now that we were pining for 2 years ago who are facing tough decisions. Do I stay and never play or do I transfer?? That’s how good Cardiello, Kublanow and Tunsil are.

The OL for 2013 will be 1 of the top 3 in the SEC.

If it gets down to Foster, Adams, Johnson or Seymour, we take the DL recruits with the remaining scholarships.


January 11th, 2013
10:11 am

Every high school football player in America should be beating the door down to play for the mighty dougs. We will win the SEC East, The SEC Championship and the National Championship. We were five yards away from getting to the championship game.

Go Dougs!


January 11th, 2013
10:20 am

Hey Tide Roll. I have been waiting on you to say something! I know what your agenda is because of the players you named! Let me just say we have made some major snafus in recruiting O-linemen but it is not some vast conspiracy. Let’s look at the facts. Our line that lost 3 seniors to the draft started a true freshman at tackle


January 11th, 2013
10:27 am

DawginLex: Since you are one of the few people who post here that actually seems to understand college football and recruiting and since you mention Foster, what are your thoughts on him? He seems like the kind of kid with massive talent but will not be worth the off the field headaches and will probably end up taking the Marshall/Crowell express out of town (trying to package deal with two other players, suddenly having an inexplicable interest in UW, etc.).

Brownies for everyone

January 11th, 2013
10:33 am

Tide troll is a racist period…


January 11th, 2013
10:39 am

Let me finish our line produced over 2100 yds. rushing from Gurley and Marshall! Allowed 26 sacks on 386 pass attempts! The great line of Bama got 2400 yds from Yelden and Lacy. And allowed 22 sacks on 314 pass attempts!!! In other words we excelled without an all conference and without an all-American.

Mad Dog One

January 11th, 2013
10:51 am

DawginLex. Good post but we seem to have the same problen 2 out of 3 years with being thin on the O line. If we have a chance to stock up on some good prospects then we might need to think aboout doing this. Alabama won their NC with the O line that is how they were able to run the ball down our throughts in the SEC championship game. Just a thought from one old dog. GO DOGS & GATA


January 11th, 2013
11:13 am

Foster can contribute right away. He is a player. I’m not reading where he is an off the field headache. He could help right away. He does have a child but several college football players do.

I don’t think he is close to being a Crowell from a discipline standpoint and he has several buds already on the team at UGA.

I say do whatever it takes to get him

A person SMART enough to know.....

January 11th, 2013
11:32 am

Big Boy but WHY not on other teams radar until late?
When did he start Football?


January 11th, 2013
12:37 pm


January 11th, 2013
9:41 am
MC, it’s time for you to take seriously the warning that is posted before each blog: Inappropriate BLOG comments and personal attacks will NOT be tolerated. We love the lively discussions but hate-filled, harassing and irresponsible comments are unacceptable.

Tide Roll is allowed to come on the blog every single day and basically call the coaching staff at UGA racists, If that is not inappropriate, hate-filled, harassing, and irresponsible, then I don’t know what is. If Tide Roll said those things about you or any other coach in college football, his comments would get deleted. I understand that anyone with a brain can discern thatTide Rolls comments are factually inaccurate (see Cordy Glenn, Kenarious Gates, Chris Burnette, Mark Beard for recent examples), but enough is enough.


Wholeheartedly agree, bucket. But, MC will do NOTHING about it though. This is, after all, a blog where you can’t type MC’s full name without the comment being eaten by the filter and no comments can be made on a Nkemdiche article for fear he’ll blast MC for mistreatment on twitter (but racism can be throw around by TR with no reprecussions). If any racial comments were made in the opposite direction, the freakin’ Rainbow Coalition would subpoena the AJC for your IP address and hunt you down. But all MC cares about are comments and webhits. That’s why 37 old articles are linked below every story.


January 11th, 2013
12:58 pm

Tide Roll loves playing between the hedges but those hedges are in Piedmont Park!

Whiskey Breath

January 11th, 2013
1:00 pm

SouthGabrave, you don’t have the right to preach to anybody.
Who died and made you the enforcer of the rules? Deep down you are a sissy boy, aren’t you?
You are easily offended and I have a problem tolerating you. I don’t like sissy boys.
However , I do like Tide Roll and Bucket too. Both of them are good posters. MC does an excellent job and I enjoy him.
So go ahead and boo hoo to your momma. She is the only one that will understand you.

Rooty Tooty

January 11th, 2013
1:19 pm

too bad for UGA.. Wont matter anyway if UGA lands both Adams and Seymour, cant beat South Carolina now and still cant win a SEC Championship against the big boys…..

Dawg Fud

January 11th, 2013
1:26 pm

Dawg n the Know,

Give me a break, dude. How about picking some stocks for us while you are at it?

tide roll

January 11th, 2013
1:32 pm

So JuJuan James will be a high round draft pick as well. Let’s see now. JAMES CARPENTER, from Hepzibah, GEORGIA, played Left Tackle for BAMA, and totally dominated Texas in our National Championship win over them. CARPENTER was a 1st round draft pick of the Seattle Seahawks!! Next, CHANCE WARMACK, from Atlanta, GEORGIA, played left guard alongside Carpenter, and has been a LARGE factor in our 3 National Titles. WARMACK will be one of the 1st ten players selected in the upcoming draft, which is unheard of for an offensive lineman! VADAL ALEXANDER, from Buford, GEORGIA. is a right tackle fot LSU. He was named freshamn All-American! So, that’s CARPENTER, JUJUAN JAMES, WARMACK, and ALEXANDER. All GEORGIA kids, and all gone to help your competitors. and that’s just over the past couple of years. Wait till you see what’s coming with Shamire Devine, Trenton Brown, Brandon Greene, Octavious Jackson, Max Garcia, Joshua Outlaw, and Delando Crooks! Nice evaluations DAWGS. No wonder it’s been over THREE DECADES! Jeepers.