INSIDER: Longtime UGA football commit will take all five visits

UGA commit Tray Matthews will also visit Auburn, USC, Florida and Tennessee (AJC)

UGA commit Tray Matthews will also visit Auburn, USC, Florida and Tennessee (AJC)

Tray Matthews, who has been committed to UGA for more than a year, had mixed emotions about the Bulldogs picking up two more recruits at safety over the last two days.

UGA now has 26 commitments for 2013, including four prospects at safety. Matthews, from Newnan High School, is the highest ranked of the four as a 4-star.

“It affected me a little bit, but the more I thought about it, it’s part of the game,” said Matthews, after learning JC safety Shaquille Fluker committed to UGA on Tuesday.

“I don’t know. I guess Georgia feel like I might switch, and they had to go pick up another safety. I don’t know what’s going on with that.”

Then after Matthews talked with his parents for a few minutes, he had a different perspective:

“My opinion is that Georgia saw a good safety and got him. We’re pretty low on safeties, and we got another one. It doesn’t affect me because there’s going to competition, regardless, since I’m going to be a freshman and there are players there [in college] already. I guess it will just mean more competition, and I’m fine with that.”

Matthews has been flirting a little with the idea of playing at Auburn with best friend Reuben Foster, visiting the Auburn campus with his family a couple of weeks ago. Matthews has said if he flipped from UGA to Auburn, he would do it sooner than later. What’s the latest with that? “That’s still kind of the case. I just know I’m going to take all my official visits.”

When asked where his commitment stood, Matthews said, “I’m 100-percent committed to Georgia.”

What about those official visits? Matthews plans to take recruiting trips to UGA, Auburn, USC, Tennessee and Florida.

“I’m still with Georgia, that’s my team,” Matthews said. “I want to take the visits because you’re only a senior one time. I just want a good experience. I was talking to some guys like Mike Davis and others. They said ‘Do everything that you can because it’s your senior year.’ I want to go ahead and do that and have fun with that. The colleges are paying for everything, so you might as well.”

UGA’S CLASS GROWING LIKE WEEDS: UGA has 26 commitments, and could pick up a couple of more within the next couple of weeks. Both are much-needed defensive linemen. Mill Creek’s Kelsey Griffin has narrowed down to UGA and South Carolina and hasn’t set a date. Meanwhile, Jackson’s Jay Woods will announce between five schools around 4:30 p.m. Thursday. The finalists are UGA, Clemson, Vanderbilt, Missouri and Kentucky. There’s a lot of hometown pressure on Woods to pick the Bulldog. “Yes sir, being from Georgia, and people seeing Georgia on my list, a lot of people around here want to see me go to Georgia,” Woods said. “I just tell them I’m talking it over with my family. I think I have a good feeling on where I want to go, but I’m not sure yet. I will let the world know on Thursday. I don’t feel pressure to go to Georgia. I feel like I will pick the school that is best for me … wherever I can say is another home for me.”

2013 North Cobb RB Quinten James (AJC)

This might be the state's most overlooked prospect for 2013 (AJC)

STATE’S MOST UNDERRATED PROSPECT? Despite around 20 football scholarship offers, North Cobb tailback Quentin James might be the state’s most overlooked prospect. After watching him beat Reuben Foster around the corner a few times during the all-star game practices last December, a couple of scouts thought James – because of his size (6-1, 215) had as much upside as any of the state’s running backs, including Walton’s Tyren Jones (committed to Alabama), Norcross’ Alvin Kamara (undecided) and Elbert County’s Tyshon Dye (committed to Clemson). What’s the latest with James? He said Miami leads Mississippi State and he may make a college decision by early October. “Right now, I really like Miami. It’s just when I went down there, everything seemed to as good as I thought it would be. The coaches seem to be like my coaches, and are always there for me. And the offense they run, they do a lot of the same things we do at my school. It’s a good fit.” James is being recruited by both schools as an athlete who could play running back or outside linebacker. “I prefer playing running back, but I’ve been developing my skills at linebacker. I could see myself playing outside linebacker at the next level.”  James said he would also be receptive to interest from Georgia Tech, Missouri and Texas A&M.

Where will OL Delando Crooks go? (AJC)

Where will OL Delando Crooks go? (AJC)

CROOKS TAKES HIS TIME: One of the state’s top offensive linemen, Delando Crooks of Carver-Atlanta High School, has kept a low profile on the recruiting radar over the summer. There were rumors he was on the verge of committing to either Georgia Tech or UGA in the spring. Now there’s speculation that both in-state schools have filled the OL spots — or have spots reserved for specific targets. His uncle, Troy Vaccianna, said the 6-5, 272-pound defensive tackle recently got written offers from Stanford, Vanderbilt, Purdue and North Carolina. “He hasn’t decided yet on a school; he’s been focused really hard on his senior season because he knows this is going to be a special year,” Vaccianna said. Crooks had recent contact with Georgia Tech, with them letting him know they’re still interested, according to his uncle. They’re not sure where things stand with UGA. “Nobody has told us they’re not interested,” Vaccianna said. Crooks doesn’t have a favorite or a timetable on making a decision. “God has a plan for everybody,” Vaccianna said. “Whatever the plan is, that’s what it’s going to be. The race is not for the swift, but for those who can endure it until the end.”

AJC Mark RichtTHIS AND THAT: Mark Richt told FS South that sometimes when it’s reported that UGA gets beat out for a star recruit, it’s not always the case. “There’s a lot of guys that it may look like on paper, or in the newspaper, that so and so beat out Georgia on a certain prospect, but we’re not gonna say that we decided to not bring him into our university because we were concerned about could he make that transition.” Richt can’t comment on specific recruits per NCAA rules, but we’re pretty sure he’d take Reuben Foster,  Robert Nkemdiche or Tyren Jones.

SWITCHING TO BASKETBALL: Halle Washington, who is ranked as one of the nation’s top 20 college basketball prospects by ESPN, committed to UGA over Baylor, Louisville, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Florida State on Monday. She’s a 6-2 forward from Bossier City, La. “I just feel like UGA was the best fit for me,” Washington said. “I have a real good relationship with the coaches, and they made me feel like I was at home. I had a good feeling about the university when I went down there.”




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August 15th, 2012
1:09 am

Vance Duly

August 15th, 2012
1:15 am

I hope that the speculation about UGA’s offensive line having its spots “filled” isn’t accurate, unless there are some non-publicized commitments. We could use at least 2 or 3 more in this class. We haven’t had good depth on the OL in many years. On another note, the word “commitment” should be eliminated from college football recruiting, and be replaced with something like “current non-binding feeling”. GO DAWGS!

Vance Duly

August 15th, 2012
1:16 am

Congratulations. But, you had 6 extra minutes to add something meaningful, too!!!

Peter Griffin

August 15th, 2012
1:22 am

“There’s a lot of guys that it may look like on paper, or in the newspaper, that so and so beat out Georgia on a certain prospect”

I wonder who he could have been referring to with that observation? Who does that? Hmmm….

Trust in Richt

August 15th, 2012
1:31 am

I believe Coach Richt before I believe you, this year is going to be different.


August 15th, 2012
2:17 am

Come on Tray Matthews. YOU are OUR #1 safety. You were born and made for UGA. To be a DAWG! Tray Matthews: Georgia Bulldog. UGA needs safeties bad and not all will make it and not all will remain at safety and will move elsewhere. YOU ARE NOT CONCERNED ABOUT COMPETITION. THE COMPETITION IS WORRIED ABOUT YOU AND YOU WILL PUSH EACH OTHER AND THRIVE BECAUSE OF IT! Man UGA is going places the next 6 years and will be winning the East EVERY year you are in school! Auburn will get better but unless they got another Cam Newton in there pocket, they wont be getting past LSU or Bama or A&M and maybe Arkansas, anytime soon and even if they do, they will get to come play UGA and get beat for the 2nd time in the same season by UGA in the SEC Championship game! Personally I think Auburn playing UGA ever year, will pretty much eliminate their hopes of winning the West anytime soon….then add in Bama and LSU….yeah things look better for Auburn than last year, but they dont look bright.

UGA’s future is so bright you gotta wear a welders mask……!!!


August 15th, 2012
2:24 am

One more thing….

Who will be on probation first?

Auburn or Alabama? Its coming for both of them…

Thank God for Mark Richt. Players got to be at peace knowing that they do not have to worry about a scandal or probation at UGA.

Auburn is probation waiting to happen every year and Bama is really pushing it the last couple years…

then you have to worry about Saban and Smart leaving. Smart will be gone after this year if Saban doesnt retire/leave or he gets named coach-in-waiting. Saban and Smart have one foot out the door already….


August 15th, 2012
2:33 am

And this from the recruiting specialist from the AJC?


August 15th, 2012
2:35 am

Mathews parents are all Dawg, so I hope he will listen to them, Where ever he go’s he is going to have to beat 4 or 5 players out of playing time. Also it is impossible not to lose some time in the season to being hurt or bumps and bruises. It is his job to beat out the competition but he will find out if he is any good he will get plenty of playing time.
How many times has Georgia been burned from a recruit who committed a year before signing day only to flip on February 1ST and then it was too late for Georgia to find another recruit to replace him.


August 15th, 2012
2:37 am

Tray Matthews stating he wants to take more visits is nothing more than he is afraid at UGA that he will ride the bench. Why not step up and be a man stay true to your commitment. The G has the best education and overall student life amongst the schools listed. If he can’t see that, then maybe he is not worthy of putting the G on his chest. Be a man of your word!


August 15th, 2012
2:48 am

Jay Woods is from Jackson, GA in Butts county…A little bit further away tahn 19 miles from Athens…I guess that you were “guessing” Jackson County?

See Rock City

August 15th, 2012
3:12 am

I swear you ‘Dawg fans beat all, first you whine like a spoiled girl when any recruit favoring UGA looks around. Why do you feel the need to belittle other institutions all the time when responding on a blog when nobody has criticized the UGA system? Is it because inside you hold some inferiority complex. really grow up and face your true demons and quit blaming others for your programs short comings.

Trust me Tray will only go to Athens for reasons that benefit him, not because of something bad some fool in here said about somewhere else.

One last thing “Christopher Columbus” CNS is not going anywhere in the near future, Our coaching staff is the most progressive and stable in the country and his track record of running a clean program extends back for more than twenty years Dawg breath…

If any program is heading toward probation you should think hard before casting stones, CMR is becoming desperate and we all know what happens when coaches become desperate to save their jobs, short cuts and risks are greatly escalated.

You Dawgs are your own worst enemy, deal with your issues and let your team speak on the field for once and one day you might win something. at least a little respect.

Stinger 2

August 15th, 2012
3:21 am

The word “committed” is grossly misused in the current recruitment process.
A much more accurate term would be to say that player X has “registered”
as a possible recruit at school Y .


August 15th, 2012
5:03 am

Welcome Mr. Bostick and Mr. Fluker to the “G”. You are now part of the greatest family in the world. The Georgia Bulldawg Nation is an unique, passionate, loyal, loving, etc. entity. Thank you for choosing the “G” and becoming a member of THE Dawg Nation.

Now, Come on into THE “G” Nation Montravious Adams, Kelsey Griffin, Tyrone Crowder, Laremy Tunsil, Vonn Bell, Alvin Kamara, Marquez North, Greg Bryant, Jay Woods, Reeve Koehler, Devondre Seymour.

Oh some guys who need to jump on the “G” Train, Derrick Henry, Robert Nkemdiche, Rueben Foster.
TE Brenneman and OL Dorian Parker we have space for you if you decide to decommit from PSU!!


August 15th, 2012
5:41 am

Perhaps it is attrition that has caused UGA to look at more than one safety. All it takes is one play for the backup safety to be in on the next play for the rest of the year. There is nothing wrong with having depth on a team. There does seem to be a paradigm shift from that of recruiting players to that of athletes. A player may not be as strong or as fast as an athlete, but they know how to play their position. Now a person’s strength and speed are valued over cognitive ability to play a position. At times I am not sure if this is working out since it becomes apparent they do not know what they are doing after watching a game or two.

sons who?

August 15th, 2012
6:15 am

“I’m still with Georgia, that’s my team,” Matthews said. “I want to take the visits because you’re only a senior one time. I just want a good experience. I was talking to some guys like Mike Davis and others. They said ‘Do everything that you can because it’s your senior year.’ I want to go ahead and do that and have fun with that. The colleges are paying for everything, so you might as well.”

Everybody’s playing everybody in this game.

Dawg 4

August 15th, 2012
6:32 am

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Dawg 4

August 15th, 2012
6:33 am

Tray Matthew is scared and a coward. I want players who are not scared.


August 15th, 2012
6:33 am

T D:

Montravious Adams is a Auburn lean, Kelsey Griffin UGA, Tyrone Crowder UNC/UGA, Laremy Tunsil UGA, Vonn Bell TN, Alvin Kamara UGA, Marrquez North ?, Greg Bryant ?, Jay Woods UGA, Reeve Koehler ?, Devondre Seymour UGA (only if they don’t get Crowder) Derrick Henry Ala/UGA (Dawgs still in with Henry) forget about Robert Nkemdiche Clemson & Reuben Foster Auburn (ships have sailed)


August 15th, 2012
7:18 am

Attrition at Safety?Rambo and Williams have played almost every snap over the last two seasons.We have 14 OL on scholarship and only 6-7 play any given year, at any school,so I don’t know if having 20 is going to be such a big deal.


August 15th, 2012
7:23 am

Great young man. Hope he ends up a Dawg. Hope he realizes every school he looks at will have DB’s on campus and DB’s on the commit list.

Vampire Bill

August 15th, 2012
7:34 am

Gee, you would thing the dawgs coaching staff would be more communicative with their recruits?


August 15th, 2012
7:45 am

Dawg-Gawn is being realistic….not drinking the kool-aid while TD is still thinking that Avery Young, Cordelle Patterson, Jeffrey Pagan, Josh Holsey, Antonio Richardson, etc are still coming to UGA!!

Recruiting | MrSEC

August 15th, 2012
7:47 am

[...] me a little bit, but the more I thought about it, it’s part of the game,” Matthews told the AJC. “I don’t know. I guess Georgia feels like I might switch, and they had to go pick up [...]

Kennesaw State Dawg

August 15th, 2012
7:48 am

This kid obviously is a diva who need attention.

Grantham's The Man!

August 15th, 2012
7:51 am

I have no problem with Matthews looking around. UGA has more to offer than any of these other teams. If it’s meant to be?

The fact that Auburn’s still in the picture makes me a little queasy, I’m convinced they bought and paid for Foster. I really wish the NCAA could put a stop to their cheating ways, but you can’t trace ca$h.

Tray, Come to Ga, and do it the right way. Go Dawgs!

tell the truth

August 15th, 2012
7:58 am

I think Tray is too smart to go to the barn with the NCAA snoping around and all the baggage they luge around all the time.

Who Cares

August 15th, 2012
8:00 am

You are going to be a Dawg son just admit it and move on. Best wishes wherever you go, but if it is not UGA you better get ready for a few long Saturdays against them Dawgs.

Whatever you do just enjoy the ride and choose the school that is best for you.

Fleischman in Chi Towns Bed

August 15th, 2012
8:05 am

There goes UGA chances of returning to the Liberty Bowl!


August 15th, 2012
8:09 am

By just reading what Trey has said, he is gone. It appears that he does not want any competition. If my gut is correct, he is in for a rude awakening because every major program has competition at every position.
I guess UGA was not suppose to sign any other Safety’s in case he gets injuried. Just think he is getting ready to bolt. I wish him the best of luck on what ever decision he makes. Seems like a good kid.


August 15th, 2012
8:15 am

I’m not so concerned which way Tray goes. Competition is good to have and by having Paris in the mix, one can only think the safety position will be strong regardless. Fluker may be able to plug a void until one of the freshman grow up. I still would like to see a few more OL this year and next year.


August 15th, 2012
8:22 am

the dogs are signing so many superstars, they will own the sec for years!


August 15th, 2012
8:29 am

If you’re still taking recruiting visits you are not committed.


August 15th, 2012
8:30 am

Georgia picks up some safety commits, and Carvel goes right to Matthews to start asking loaded questions to put Matthews on the spot. What ever would we do without out you…

GA Dawg91

August 15th, 2012
8:32 am

I think Bostick could end up as a LB. Kid is 220 and still has a year of HS left. Need the safety depth for sure. Nothing wrong with Matthews enjoying the free trips and having a little fun.

Destin Dawg

August 15th, 2012
8:36 am

these kids don’t understand commitment… what if your fiance wanted to date 5 guys this fall, when you were engaged to be married in Feb. ??

Flo - Ri - Duh

August 15th, 2012
8:46 am

Matthews is UGA bound. Says he is 100% UGA. What part of 100% don’t you understand? UGA has 2 spots left for OL. Tunsil, Crowder, Seymour and Keissler are still being actively recruited.


August 15th, 2012
8:49 am

Thanks Rock City, you have cleared it up for all Dawg fans. I am sure glad the factory had enough down time for you to log onto the community computers at the local library for a bit an set us straight.


August 15th, 2012
8:49 am

Hopefully Matthews remains a Dawg.

1 of the 4 safeties in this class is a JUCO guy with only 2 years eligibility. The team has no depth at safety and needed to reload this year with TM being the marquee guy at a position of need. TM should believe in himself to win the starting FS job immediately. I’m sure the coaches are selling him on that b/c its the truth.

Ogeechee Dawg

August 15th, 2012
8:56 am

Everyone needs to calm down with Tray Mathews ……….. If he chooses UGA, great. IF he goes to Auburn – that’s fine. If he wants to take his 5 visits – paid for by schools – can’t blame him.

At the end of the day – UGA will find players to develop and play.

Remember – these are 17 and 18 year old kids that are being heavily recruited by ADULTS and being told things that make their heads spin – and this can be very confusing.

The strategy by these schools is to make thing very confusing and create doubt if they are commited to another school – and then give them a sales pitch as to why to attend STATE U.

All schools do this – including UGA.

So let it play out – let the kids decide – and we move onto the next class.

UGA has to recruit as many kids as they can to cover these positions – first come – first served.


August 15th, 2012
9:03 am

I don’t know about you fellas, but if I was 17-18 years old, and had major universities fawning over me and wanting to fly me out to their school so I could spend the weekend in a nice city while touring their campus, eating really good food, and being thouroughly entertained, I might just take them up on it. I can’t blame ‘em.

Mathews is all Dawg…..or he’s not. ;)

falcon fred

August 15th, 2012
9:05 am

uga could sign a top 5 recruiting class for the next ten years and richt would do nothing with the talent…wait, they have done that for the last ten years…point proven..

Paul The Vol

August 15th, 2012
9:08 am

Kids take all their visits all the time so why all the angst? Pretty much every team in the country has commitments taking meaningless visits to other schools. They do it because its an all expense paid weekend of fun. I’d do the exact same thing if I was a highly recruited senior.


August 15th, 2012
9:08 am



August 15th, 2012
9:13 am

I’d switch to Auburn. You’re friend is there and uga is already saying go ahead and change.

Moobs Johnson

August 15th, 2012
9:15 am

Hey Tray, do you think the Bulldogs have mixed emotions about you visiting other schools after committing to UGA?


August 15th, 2012
9:17 am

This should be called the uga football recruiting blog. It’s so slanted to that school, it’s a joke.


August 15th, 2012
9:19 am

Tway want to pway with wueben

look if these guys can’t or won’t compete-we don’t want them

Greg Reid perfect case in point as was W. Ealey etc…


August 15th, 2012
9:19 am

The Sabanization of college football in this weeks Sports Illustrated by writer Andy Staples…….Read and learn little doggies.


August 15th, 2012
9:20 am

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