November 14, 2011

Seymour gets dream offer

The last name "Seymour" isn't new to the Georgia football program, but the latest offer is.

North Gwinnet 2013 offensive tackle DeVondre Seymour, son of former Bulldog great and NFL star defensive tackle Richard Seymour, received an offer from coach Mark Richt on Saturday before the Auburn game.

Even before arriving on campus, the younger Seymour couldn't wait to get the day going.

"From the time I showed up, I was ready to get there. It was an amazing experience for me. I've been a Georgia fan for a pretty long time now. From the time I got there, I was ready to meet the coaches. I like Georgia a lot," Seymour said. "I've been wanting to go there since I was a little kid."

After arriving on campus, checking in and getting bussed to Sanford, Seymour said he was able to watch the players walk into the stadium before being asked into Richt's office.

"When I first walked in, I had my arms behind my back and (Richt) was like 'Let me see your arms.' So I put them out, and he was like, 'Dang, you got some long arms.' And he said, 'Put your hand up to my chest,' and I put my hand up to his chest and he tried to reached out and touch me, and he couldn't. He was like, 'See, that's what I like, I can't touch you.' And then after that he was like, 'We are going to offer you a full scholarship here,'" Seymour explained.

The 6-foot-6, 300-pound offensive tackle went on to describe the feeling of hearing an offer, the first one he's ever received in person, from his dream school.

"It was a pretty special moment when he offered me. It was amazing. I never thought that would happen. I always wanted to go there, and now I guess I know that I have the talent to go there," Seymour said. "I guess all my hard work paid off, I guess he saw me making progress, and liked what he saw."

Seymour said he equally liked what he saw in his trip to Athens as well.

"It's a really nice stadium, nice facilities," Seymour said. "The fans there, they'll support you the whole way, and the atmosphere felt amazing."

The young lineman also has a good resource of knowledge about the program living under the same roof, and he said his father's assessment of the school matched up well with his own experience.

"He said it was a great environment, all of the years he went there he said he loved it," Seymour said. "People were nice and helped lead him down the right path. He loved it."

Seymour said he is most likely going to try and get to Athens for the Kentucky game on Saturday.

He said he doesn't have a timeline, but rather a process for making his decision. A process with, as it stands for now, a predetermined end.

"I just want to go on a couple more visits, you know, show up a couple more times, and sooner or later I'm going to commit there," Seymour said. "I love the school, I love the football team, I love the atmosphere while I was there."

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