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.
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.
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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