Georgia football recruit DeVondre Seymour, son of All-Pro defensive tackle and former Bulldog standout Richard Seymour, will enroll in junior college instead of Georgia, according to ESPN's Kipp Adams (subscription required).
Seymour announced Monday that he would be attending Hinds Community College in Mississippi and planned on enrolling at Georgia by January of 2015. The news came as little shock to Georgia, as it was unlikely Seymour would immediately qualify to attend.
Although the news is not ideal for Bulldog football, it is hardly a setback.
In a class of 33 prospects, it is unsurprising if an issue arises with one or two recruits. Georgia should be happy that this is the issue. In the current college football culture, a commitment to play for a certain program means rather little. A verbal commitment means even less.
Coaches and fans alike can only feel comfortable with a committed recruit once he has actually arrived on campus. Until then, anything can happen. Of all reasons to lose an offensive tackle prospect, this is far from the worst.
Georgia has a wealth of young talent on the offensive line. With last year's already dominant crew returning intact, letting Seymour head to Hinds Community College to get his academics in order prior to landing at Georgia is not such a bad thing.
He will get the playing time he wants there as he prepares for his career at Georgia, and Bulldog fans can rest easy knowing this young man is not wavering in his commitment.
A year-and-a-half is certainly a long time, and a lot can change. But considering Seymour's family ties to the Georgia program, it is difficult to imagine him ending up anywhere else.
His dad was Georgia man, and he too will be a Georgia man. Just not quite yet.