2013 DB Tray Matthews picks UGA over Alabama

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UGA’s football recruiting class for 2013 continues to shape up very well.

Tray Matthews, one of Georgia’s top juniors, committed to UGA over Alabama, among 18 offers, on Saturday. The 6-foot-1, 193-pounder from Newnan High School was on an unofficial visit to UGA with his parents and high school coach.

“We came up for morning practice and went in to talk with [Mark Richt],” Newnan coach Mike McDonald told the AJC. “It was a good conversation. As we were heading out, Tray decided that Georgia was where his heart was. He went ahead and told Coach Richt that he wanted to commit.

“Everybody was happy. Coach Richt had a big smile on his face and gave Tray a big hug. [Richt] called over all the offensive coaches and they congratulated Tray, too. There was a lot of hugging, high-fiving and picture-taking. Coach Richt was really pleased, as were  Tray and his parents.”

UGA has had some recent success recruiting out of Newnan. In February 2010, the Bulldogs signed one of the nation’s top safeties in 5-star recruit Alec “Tree” Ogletree, along with his twin brother Zander Ogletree. “Tree” started fives games at safety last year as a freshman at UGA but was moved to linebacker in the spring.

Mark Richt is off to a fast and furious start for his 2013 recruiting class. (AJC photo)

Mark Richt is off to a fast and furious start for his 2013 recruiting class. There was a lot of "hugging, high-fiving and picture-taking" after 2013 Newnan HS DB Tray Matthews committed on Saturday (AJC photo)

How does Tray Matthews compare to Ogletree, the former high school All-American at the safety position?

“They are very similar with their physical style of play,” McDonald said. “Tray may have a bit better ball skills than Tree at this point of his career, while Tree may have been more explosive with his tackling.”

While it remains to be seen how UGA’s 2012 recruiting class will turn out, the 2013 group might get some “Dream Team” consideration with early commitments from RB Derrick Henry of Yulee, Fla., WR Tramel Terry of Goose Creek, S.C., and Camden County QB Brice Ramsey. Henry and Terry will likely be ranked among the top 5 2013 prospects of their respective states.

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141 comments Add your comment

Randall "Pink" Floyd

August 13th, 2011
1:11 pm

HUGE!!! GATA, Tray!

DAWG-1971

August 13th, 2011
1:18 pm

FLASH! Bobby Fassbak, a talented 6th. grad running back in the North Atlanta Wolves little league football program has just announced that he will accept the scholarship offered this morning by the Athletic Department of UGA! He will enter the class of 2018 (if he maintains his D- average and stays out of jail). Great news! Go, Bobby, G!!

RRTDawgs

August 13th, 2011
1:19 pm

Big time pick up welcome Trey Mathews to dawgnation doing much better with the 2013 class than 2012 Ramsey, Derrick Henry , Tremal Terry ,and Trey Mathews that good looking class so far .

Lowcountry bulldawg is a d---he

August 13th, 2011
1:20 pm

Is Kirby Smart already recruiting for UGA? Why else would anyone choose UGAg over Bama…

Rusty

August 13th, 2011
1:20 pm

That’s a really big pickup that I wasn’t expecting this early in the process. The ‘13 class is starting to take shape – looks like it could be absolutely nasty.

rrich

August 13th, 2011
1:22 pm

way to go welcome to the dawgs

Buzzed

August 13th, 2011
1:23 pm

Nice pickup after losing CJ Curry to mighty, mighty Okie State LOL

TampaDAWG

August 13th, 2011
1:25 pm

This is a great pickup, everytime I read about this kid its always something positive. I thought Bama had a legit shot from what I read. Glad UGA got him. Can’t wait for Boise!

DustDAWG

August 13th, 2011
1:25 pm

good pick up but we need more offensive lineman 2 come on bored for this 2012 class

RRTDawgs

August 13th, 2011
1:28 pm

Avery young and Brandon Hill and couple of JUCO O – linemen is what we are looking at .

dawggone

August 13th, 2011
1:30 pm

He couldn’t play for Alabama anyway. We didn’t need him . Isn’t that what you ga.fans always say.

jackyldo

August 13th, 2011
1:40 pm

Since July 15th 3 O Liners have given verbals..
John Theus 5 Star 6 – 6 292
Chester Brown 3 star (at moment) 6-6 323
Greg Pyke 4 star out of Maryland – 6 5 310

Dawgs have 12 verbals and are looking for a quality 2012 class not quantity.

Cmon man

August 13th, 2011
1:46 pm

Wait a minute I thought almighy nick saban always gets the players he wants! Oh well so much for that myth! Welcome aboard trey

DustDAWG

August 13th, 2011
1:47 pm

@ rrt dawgs well i mean how are we looking with them 2 avery young and big brandon hill

slydog

August 13th, 2011
1:58 pm

I’m not excited about any player who has two years of HS ball left to play. I would understand if this was Alabama or UF, where there is assurance the HC will be there for awhile. CMR, we just do not know. Even if he is, is UGA stable enough to hold on to all of these top notch recruits we have now for 2 years? I do not think so. If we were not strong enough to hold on to a marginal talent like CJ Curry, not sign 1 top rated linemen in this state, and not sign 1 top RB from this state so far in 2012, what does that say? If it’s a 2012 commit, then I’m excited because their is a 85% chance that recruit will stick to his pledge. But not 2 full seasons from now, at best it’s 50/50. Real Talk no Hate

twest

August 13th, 2011
2:07 pm

Job well done Carvell!!! Now you get to Varsity dawgs w/onions on side from Clyde Boogie!

joe

August 13th, 2011
2:08 pm

amazing how all these recruits want to go play for a 6 win team.

Cmon man

August 13th, 2011
2:16 pm

@dawg-1971 just in case you didnt know you have no future in comedy! Please keep your day job

dawgofdasouth

August 13th, 2011
2:21 pm

I feel what you are saying Slydog,but if they gonna commit early I rather them commit to UGA.However there is plenty of time to change their minds.But with a strong class of commits lined up for 2013 Coach Richt and staff will surely be returning regardless of this coming seasons results.And I don’t see that as a bad thing.

Destin Dawg

August 13th, 2011
2:26 pm

Parade magazine says ” UGA #2 large State University education, plus Bigtime sports ” in beautiful Athens, Ga.. Go Dawgs there are meds for you haters….. negative vampires….

Alphare

August 13th, 2011
2:30 pm

But it looks like for now Julio is better than Green as I predicted.

Dawg Man

August 13th, 2011
2:36 pm

Get the National Championship trophies ready!!!!!! next 6 years are the Dawgs–bet 2-3 teams will forfeit rather than be run off the field by the dawgs !!!!!!

Cobb Dawg

August 13th, 2011
2:39 pm

I’m having a hard time understanding all the talk about whether CMR will still be at UGA after this year. I have to think that unless the program completely implodes — e.g., another losing season — he’ll be there for some time to come. Why would you get rid of him before the Dream Team has a chance to mature and contribute?

Frank Lane

August 13th, 2011
2:39 pm

This guy is better in the 10th grade than was Tree. Great signee. The class of 2013 is awesome if it stays together. Derrick Henry is the real deal.

1eyedJack

August 13th, 2011
2:40 pm

We’ll take him. ;)

DAWG-1971

August 13th, 2011
2:40 pm

@cmon (sic) man, 2.16p;
Job? Who needs a job? I’m a Democrat.

Un-Tank

August 13th, 2011
2:50 pm

Slydog you don’t get it. If Richt coaches himself out of job this season, the 2012 class will be just as, if not more, affected by the turnover. If this happened, the 2013 class would be far more assurance of a coach who’d be in place for awhile. We have no RB commits from Georgia this year for the same reason we probably won’t have one next year – because we set our sights on the best in the nation, not just the state. See Keith Marshall and Derrick Henry. As for OL, we got the best one in the nation and went hard after others, in-state. Because they have thus far elected to go elsewhere is not indicative of the effort out coaches made in recruiting them. You need to get with the program.

Destin Dawg

August 13th, 2011
2:51 pm

Hey Tray.. good decision… Kids that stay in State close to support groups.. friends and family… generally do better in school and life after FB…. Go Dawgs !!

Columbus

August 13th, 2011
2:51 pm

Yeahhhhhh Boooooooooooyyyyy!

Red&Black

August 13th, 2011
2:55 pm

Glad he committed!!! Just make sure its for the school and not the Coach. Richt will not be here that long even if he makes it through this year. Once Bama, & LSU reappear on the schedule and we drop to 6 or 7 wins…he’ll never survive. So commit for the school not the staff. That way you’ll be happy no matter what happens.

Captian Jack

August 13th, 2011
2:57 pm

Bama and Saban have slapped UGA around in recruiting since we spanked the dogs in the famous Black-Out game. Bama might loose one to UGA from time to time but you all had better get use to the recruiting machine that has landed in GA, it is called Saban and Smart! I don’t hate UGA as I live in the state and pull for them most of the time. Just stating the facts.

RRTDawgs

August 13th, 2011
2:59 pm

This was a breath of fresh air after what happen with Curry we need guys that want to be dawgs this was a huge get for us go dawg !

BG

August 13th, 2011
3:01 pm

Great news!! GO DAWGS!!!!!

Big Dawg

August 13th, 2011
3:10 pm

Captian Jack:

Those are great facts…Bama really slapped UGA around when it came to Malcolm Mitchell and Crowell (just threw out those two because Bama was in their final two). I think every commit UGA gets has an offer from BAMA seeing as how they offer evey kid in the southeast. BAMA throws scholarships around about as frequently as Rex Ryan curses

Kramer

August 13th, 2011
3:21 pm

Yeah, keep up the hate talker haters. We gonna own you over the next few years! It will suck to be you!

dawgster

August 13th, 2011
3:22 pm

@Red&Black….Its’s obvisous you are no dawg fan but pretend to be with your negative comments….
If you really are a true dawg fan, then show some support for this coaching staff and team and lets see what happens…Your comments serve no one at this point but yourself…Its negatisim such yours that plays into the state of UGA football…Perhaps you have no clue and obvisously you don’t about the dawgs and the years previously before Coach Richt….No we haven’t won the BCS, but how many teams around the nation can say there have over the past years besides a select few…Maybe, just maybe, instead of looking for negatives about our coaching staff, you could actually focus on the positve things…And no I don’t need to be reminded about our record last year…the coaches and players know exactly the score and in my opinion alot of steps have been taken to improve our success…I’m sorry to call you out, but you and others like you on here are never, ever satisfied…Unfortunately Life does not always go just like we want it too and you learn to make adjuststmenst…I believe our coaching staff and players have done that, so lets give them a chance to prove it on the field this season……..go dawgs

Boobie Bowden

August 13th, 2011
3:22 pm

Jawga gets a home boy, Now that is news. from the headline you would have thought St. Mark had orchestrated the second coming.

dawgster

August 13th, 2011
3:23 pm

@RRT Dawgs….hope all is well…not sure if FSU is in the mix, based on what I hear, but it would make things interesting….go dawgs

Old Dawg

August 13th, 2011
3:27 pm

I agree Dawgster… vampires on here need to get a life… things going up hill in Athens !! who would go on another blog and talk tarsh … there are meds for depression… haters take your pills… gat a life 11

Vampire Bill

August 13th, 2011
3:28 pm

GO DAWGS !!!

Old Dawg

August 13th, 2011
3:34 pm

Capt. Jack… Indiana University just got the #1 Q.B. in the nation.. Gunner Kiel away from Saban…. Yes.. Indiana U. ??? 3 or 4 years max. for saban.. then he moves on…. real streaky… 3 losses last yaear ??

Tdawg

August 13th, 2011
3:36 pm

Alphare don’t get me wrong as I am a Falcon fan first and foremost. We were playing the Miami Dophins, not the Pittsburg Steelers. I hope that mr Jones turns out to be the great reciever we all hope for. Having said that, not in your wildest dreams is Julio better than AJ Green. He caught 2 passes for crying out loud. Get back with us when the season is over and done with.

Goldtimer

August 13th, 2011
3:37 pm

Congrats Dawgs on your next bust… mark my words he will never beat Tech in his four years.

Energy Vampire in Need of a Life

August 13th, 2011
3:39 pm

Have fun with the rest of the season after your Dogs go 0-2 to start the season

RRTDawgs

August 13th, 2011
3:48 pm

I have to admit was real impressed with Julio Jones last night it to two defenders to bring the guy down he is going to be the real deal .

slydog

August 13th, 2011
4:04 pm

@Un-Tank I need to get with the program? I think I am by no longer drinking hyped up kool aid. If CMR is dismissed this season, bye bye class of 2013 commitments. The process starts over from scratch. New coaches and new relationships have to be built. Sure, some will stick, but most will open their recruitment back up. I’m worried about the 2012 class too, but my argument is, “Why get excited about a player who can’t sign for another 18 months?” As far as setting sight on the best,please. If that’s the case, then how many 3 star commitments does Alabama, Auburn, and UF have compared to the 4 and 5 star commitments? We’ll get Marshall be default because UNC imploded. Derrick Henry, it’s a tough road ahead until he signs. Anyway, you need to learn how to read critically and logically. My entire statement was not about the failures of our recruiting efforts, but about getting too overzealous over a HS player’s decision with 2 FULL SEASONS to go, regardless of who is coach. Make no mistake, our recruiting situation is tenuous at best.

ToccoaDawg

August 13th, 2011
4:26 pm

And the haters come out of the wood work like roaches

ToccoaDawg

August 13th, 2011
4:31 pm

I can understand some of this childish stuff from the techies. with a blogger like Ken Sugiura I would be upset too. With the record Tech has against Georgia I would be upset too. With knowing in NO WAY would Tech be allowed back into a super Exciting Conference I would be upset too. But trying to trash talk about a young man still in high school. That goes too far. Get a Life Losers. Go Dawgs GATA

KB

August 13th, 2011
5:09 pm

Slydog, Rich will be at UGA in 2012 and 2013 as long as he doean’t have another losing season, I personally don’t see it happening this team looks to be somewhere between 9-3 and 10-2 ,11-1 , with this schedule and some long overdue good luck. There’s not an unwinnable game on the schedule.

Paddy

August 13th, 2011
5:09 pm

tide roll………now is about the time you come on and say that we got a commit from the wrong guy. This is where you mention 18 guys that are better and how stupid UGA is and how they can’t recruit. Come on now, give us that primary school logic. We all need a good laugh. Come on little fella and make us laugh, please!!