Longtime UGA commit Tray Matthews finally visited Auburn with his father over the weekend.
“It was good,” Matthews told the AJC on Sunday. “I wanted to go to Auburn and check it out with my dad. He hadn’t been anywhere except for Georgia. It went really well. I wanted to get his input. Maybe my dad would see something I don’t see.”
And what did Tray’s father see? “He told me that Auburn is a great school, too, but he loves Georgia. Both schools are great. I’m asking for God to lead me the way. I’m still committed to Georgia but if it’s not the right place for me, then God will lead me elsewhere.
“Georgia has a place in my heart. I’m still 100-percent committed to Georgia. I talked with parents about it this morning, and they still feel the same way about Georgia. They love it there, and they’re kind of telling me to stay loyal to my decision.
“And then Auburn is right up there competing against Georgia.”
The 6-foot-2, 207-pound safety from Newnan High School said if he decided to switch his commitment from Auburn to Georgia, it would be within the next month. Matthews will consult with his parents but the final decision is his. “It will be soon. I don’t want to keep this going on too long.”
Matthews has been flirting with Auburn for three reasons: It’s close to home, he could compete for a starting position as a freshman (as he may do at UGA, also), and his best friend Reuben Foster has committed to Auburn.
Tray Matthews and Reuben Foster made a public pledge to play together in college because they’re such good friends.
However, now that deal is in doubt after Foster got a gigantic Auburn tattoo on his arm after flipping from Alabama. Matthews had been trying to convince Foster to play with him at Georgia.
“I can’t sway him to Georgia now because of the tattoo,” Matthews said. “It’s official now with Reuben and Auburn. There’s nothing I can do about that. I was working on Georgia with him, but I can’t do it now, as everyone can see.”
So should UGA fans be worried about the pact with Foster? “That was the plan to play together in college, but I don’t know now. I mean, I would love to play with him. If it comes down to my heart and staying at Georgia, I’ve got to do what I’ve got to do.”
RELATED: UGA recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner told the AJC’s Chip Towers said that UGA “didn’t even probably contact probably a fifth” of the 19 Penn State players that the Big Ten school was notified of interest from the Bulldogs. The list was revealed after a public records request by media outlets. “Somebody needs to call Nick and see what list they sent in.” He was referring to Alabama’s Nick Saban. Garner also confirmed UGA will sign around 34 this year, with 9-10 enrolling early.
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– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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