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.
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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