Will longtime UGA football recruit stick with Bulldogs? Or flip to Auburn?

Will Tray Matthews (No. 26) join his buddy Reuben Foster (No. 2 jersey) at Auburn? Or stick with UGA? (AJC)

Will Tray Matthews (No. 26) join his buddy Reuben Foster (No. 2 jersey) at Auburn? Or stick with UGA? (AJC)

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.

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“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.

Reuben Foster's gigantic Auburn tattoo on his forearm

Reuben Foster's gigantic Auburn tattoo on his forearm

“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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259 comments Add your comment

FRED

August 5th, 2012
2:30 pm

Your parents know what’s right for you kid stay the course.

fran tarkenton's accountant

August 5th, 2012
2:37 pm

We have more white girls Tray. Trust me Athens is where you want to be

Pj

August 5th, 2012
2:39 pm

Foster could switch to uga, play huge against the war eagles and add “UGA crushes” above the auburn tattoo! Stay with us tray! We’re building a defensive dynasty

No joke!!!

August 5th, 2012
2:40 pm

We love you tray!!!! Go dawgs and let the season play out if u want and u will know 150% that u want to be a dawg!!!

THE MAJOR DAWG

August 5th, 2012
2:46 pm

He didn’t just go with his father, his whole family went. Brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews…..that is not a good sign.

AugustaDawg

August 5th, 2012
2:55 pm

Foster can always create a list of schools that he could beat at UGA as tattoos and keep the Auburn one because without paid players we will sure as heck beat the eagles I mean tigers I mean eagles I mean tigers whatever they are. He can help lead us back to a title.

London Olympics

August 5th, 2012
2:55 pm

I am here in London at the track & field stadium while reading this article! This message is for you Tray , stay in UGA and help your home state best team wins championship we love you at UGA.

DG

August 5th, 2012
3:01 pm

That’s a pretty big tatto. I wonder where Foster got the money for it?

A person SMART enough to know......

August 5th, 2012
3:09 pm

DG the same place all the UGa players get the money for their tattoos.
Is it really FLIPPING until the LOI is signed?
I think it is more making a FINAL decision based on more complete facts.

bruce12

August 5th, 2012
3:10 pm

All foster has to do is add a G UGA

Blackoutanyone?

August 5th, 2012
3:10 pm

Rodney Garner… I highly doubt you will find said list because it is very unlikely Bama recruited any of those players. You see Rodney, unlike jawja, Bama has not self imposed scholarship reductions because our coaching staff understands the importance of roster management. I hope you and Helen Hunt enjoy handing out those extra scholarships to the walk on players this fall cause it will hurt in the fall. I suspect you and the other Jawja coaches are embarrassed that list came out. All that in state talent and you are having to beg Penn State players. Sad.

Drago

August 5th, 2012
3:10 pm

Dawgman

August 5th, 2012
3:12 pm

Why would Mathews switch to the Barn? He has a realistic shot at starting at safety at UGA. Depth chart at UGA is very favorable compared to Auburn. Academics at UGA are far superior to Auburn. Richt is the dean of SEC coaches and just signed a new contract. UGA has basically pummeled Auburn on the field the last ten years with the exception of one year(Cam). Basically there is only ONE reason to go to Auburn over UGA – $$$$$$$$$$!!!!!! The best predictor of the future is the past history and well we all know Auburn’s past history. The dirtiest little village on the plains. Throw honesty and integrity out the window as fast as Trooper Taylor can turn his hat around backwards! Come on Tray you are smarter than this. Everybody and their brother can see what the Barn is trying to do to you.

Blackoutanyone?

August 5th, 2012
3:15 pm

Hope the kid sticks with UGA. Who would want to be caught dead in those spandex biker shorts the barn practices in?

Bean Counter

August 5th, 2012
3:17 pm

As a native of Newnan, I always take great pride in seeing someone from Newnan playing at UGA. If God didn’t want you to go to Georgia he never would have put that thought into you head. Stay where you are and sign with UGA.

JSR

August 5th, 2012
3:20 pm

War Eagle Tray!! You can’t go wrong with either decision but you fit in better at AU – 2010 NATIONAL CHAMPS!

Son of Sammy Davis Jr, Jr

August 5th, 2012
3:23 pm

DG

August 5th, 2012
3:23 pm

Then you should be Smart Enough To Know that tattoos are expensive. You hear these ’student athletes’ cry the blues about how they should get paid because they don’t have any money for food, or even to go to a movie. Wouldn’t you think that money would be better served for things like that? Or are tattoos more important than eating? I am just say’n

Georgia4Tigers

August 5th, 2012
3:26 pm

Why go to a program at UGA that always sells PT to recruits and ends the year in the top 10 in recruiting but never turns those kids into champions? Instead go to Auburn and play in the SEC West against great programs AND win championships while getting ready for the NFL by getting coached up by Wilie Martinez and Brian VanGorder.

The Tide is Trolling and nothing can stop it....

August 5th, 2012
3:34 pm

Blah blah blah

UGAFootballBailBonds.com

August 5th, 2012
3:34 pm

Desperate Puppies. If it was HIS decision he would be at Auburn.

IggyStooge

August 5th, 2012
3:42 pm

Why would he switch to Auburn? Because he can win a championship there. Georgia ain’t winning nothing, as usual.

nhgamecock

August 5th, 2012
4:03 pm

USA women looking strong today. talk to me in Feb about these kids.

hmmmmm............

August 5th, 2012
4:09 pm

If he’s praying to make his choice, I’d say he’ll stay with uga just because of Richt’s faith and the Pastor Ray Drew.

Georgia fans are certainly stupid

August 5th, 2012
4:17 pm

last line of ESPN article from Friday says it all:

Georgia has to stop the silliness or its season will be a major disappointment and, unfortunately, Richt will have to shoulder most of the blame from fans.

WDE

August 5th, 2012
4:22 pm

@Georgia4Tigers yeah go to the barn and get used to 45-7 beat downs and lose 5 of 6 to UGA ..are you freaking kidding me…

WDE

August 5th, 2012
4:29 pm

Ahhh yes its the beginning of fall camp and the Barners are once again out in force….hey boys with the FBI sniffing around all of the normal Barner bag men…they won’t be able to buy the best team so that leaves recruiting and coaching and kiddies look what happened to you the 3 years prior to the coming of Cam and last year…aye laddies ponder that and try not to weep.

kevin

August 5th, 2012
4:30 pm

Did someone just say “Come to AU and get coached up by Willie Martinez”? hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Ron Mexico

August 5th, 2012
4:31 pm

The double standard in the mind of UGA fans is remarkable. If you win at anything, it’s because you are UGA and you are the greatest team in the nation. If you lose at anything, it’s because the other guys cheated. Nevermind that AU is closer to his home, his friend is there, their depth chart is thin, and the fact that Richt underachieves with his talent every year.

7576DAWG

August 5th, 2012
4:39 pm

Trey
When your buddy Foster got the gigantic tattoo , it should have told you he didn’t care if you liked Georgia more and playing with you in college was not a priority. He is saying I control this and your opinion doesn’t count.
What happens if Auburn go’s back under NCAA investigation and they finally get burned for the unethical practices that they are doing because they are keep finding loopholes. 75% of the student body go’s home on the weekend because there in nothing to do at a country college town.
If you are serious about maybe going to Auburn then I suggest you go to a few of the Georgia games with your parents and go to a few of the Auburn games before making your final decision.
Just remember when a recruit commits as early as you did there was a reason for that . Don’t let Auburn talk you into going there if you really love Georgia as much as you and your family say you all do.

Backwudz

August 5th, 2012
4:42 pm

How can Tray go their with sisters and brothers when he doesn’t have any brothers?

ryan

August 5th, 2012
4:44 pm

Does not look like its happening just from his interviews sounds like Mathews is solid to UGA he is still recruiting for us to love what his parents said stick with your commitment UGA crushed Auburn last year by 45 points .

tell the truth

August 5th, 2012
4:46 pm

THINK TRAY,what if you go to Auburn and the NCAA catches up with them and I think anybody that has a half way decent brain knows their buying recruits.Then you are stuck at a college that is not allowed to go to bowls or be on TV,not a good situation to be in.I think you are a smart man and will see this.They say Auburn is trying to get a special thing started on defense,THE DAWGS ARE ALREADY THERE.

A person SMART enough to know......

August 5th, 2012
4:50 pm

WDE
August 5th, 2012
4:22 pm

@Georgia4Tigers yeah go to the barn and get used to 45-7 beat downs and lose 5 of 6 to UGA ..are you freaking kidding me…

——————————————————————–

Record of Auburn (vs Georgia), 1869-2011

Site First Meeting Last Meeting Games Win % Wins Losses Ties Average Score
Any 1902 2011 107 0.495 50 51 6 15.66 16.91
Home 1908 2010 28 0.464 12 14 2 19.93 19.79
Away 1902 2011 40 0.575 22 16 2 18.02 16.40
Neutral 1916 1958 39 0.436 16 21 2 10.18 15.36

UGa is on the winning now but that is not TRUE of the HISTORY and neither is the blowout score. You sure don’t know you AU v UGa history.

ryan

August 5th, 2012
4:51 pm

UGA scored again on AU .

Mike

August 5th, 2012
5:02 pm

Folks are still on the “The NCAA is coming for Auburn” stuff?

War Eagle

August 5th, 2012
5:04 pm

Both schools would be lucky to have him. 2 great choices, schools, educations, and fan bases. Kid can’t go wrong with whatever he chooses. UGA has played very well against us of late due to great QB’s, but we do lead the series by 1.

A person SMART enough to know......

August 5th, 2012
5:06 pm

MIKE yes UGa fans are because they are scared to death the NCAA will start looking into all the crap that keeps happening at UGa and find something…Lack of Institutional Control. How often does a school need to finish in the top 10 of the Fulmer Cup and continue to lose players for the reasons UGa does before the NCAA needs to find out WHY.

Dawg

August 5th, 2012
5:06 pm

@A person SMART enough to know….

UGA is 5-1 in the last 6 vs Auburn. The only loss is when you guys had $Cam$ to “help” you one season. Kids don’t care about 20 years ago, much less going back to 1869. Good luck with that.

Dewnsav

August 5th, 2012
5:07 pm

Matthews=all Dog…go dogs

A person SMART enough to know......

August 5th, 2012
5:08 pm

dWag…UGa lives on past HISTORY you fool. The lifetime record between the 2 is a game or 2 depending on who you talk to.

Facts

August 5th, 2012
5:10 pm

Everyone talks about AU, but UGA has been on probation last not Auburn.

Game Changer

August 5th, 2012
5:10 pm

less than 4 weeks to kickoff, no one cares about tray matthews at this time.

What is the plan regarding UGA qb situation. am fails mason comes in

Truth

August 5th, 2012
5:12 pm

Game Changer with the post of the thread. Unbelievable how many people worry about 18 year olds decisions.

A person SMART enough to know......

August 5th, 2012
5:14 pm

Dwag….if kids only care about the last few years then WHY would they consider UGa? How many SEC teams have BCS Championships in the last 10 years? Do any of those SEC teams have a dWag as their Mascot? That is what I thought.

kingdaddy

August 5th, 2012
5:18 pm

Trey,
Are you a follower, or a leader? Foster didn’t care about you when he got that tattoo, lol. You can “follow” him like his little dog, or you can follow your own heart and come to UGA and be a man your family will be proud of. No matter what you decide, make your own decision. Don’t do it for Foster. Are you going to let him make your decision for you? Maybe he should have consulted you on the tattoo, then again, he expects you to follow him, lol…

RTR22

August 5th, 2012
5:19 pm

Add the Barns and Jawja SEC Titles and you still trail ALABAMA……..

The Barn leads the SEC in numbre of NCAA fb probations…… 7

damngooddawg

August 5th, 2012
5:22 pm

Auburn won a NC with a QB that cost them $150,000+. I doubt if even the barners most loyal fans will disagree. Cam Newton was bought and paid for, period. Four ex-players were on REAL SPORTS to verify that Auburn has paid many players. I would love to win a NC but I don’t want to cheat to do it.

@smart or 5150 whatever your calling yourself today

August 5th, 2012
5:23 pm

Smart, Funny coming from an institute thats is currently on NCAA probation and has repeat offender status tag.. Better hope those weren’t boosters that bought the tickets.

A person SMART enough to know......

August 5th, 2012
5:26 pm

damngooddwag…UGa could have had him for FREE but as a Tight End. LMAO.