UGA’s Tray Matthews on Reuben Foster, Shaq Wiggins, and Mark Richt’s mansion

If Reuben Foster makes an official visit to UGA next month as expected, the Bulldogs will have something big in their favor.

One of Foster’s closest friends, Tray Matthews, will likely be his UGA player host during the January recruiting trip. And Matthews is the main reason that Foster is considering the Bulldogs.

UGA DB commit Tray Matthews and Mark Richt (Note: Photo was owned and submitted by Matthews family. It was not arranged, publicized or distributed by UGA)

UGA DB commit Tray Matthews and Mark Richt (Note: Photo was owned and submitted by Matthews family. It was not arranged, publicized or distributed by UGA)

This weekend, Matthews was one of around 20 prospects to make an official visit to UGA. The safety from Newnan High School is an early enrollee and will be a student at Georgia next month – making him eligible to host recruits.

“I heard that Reuben is supposed to making an official visit, I’m supposed to be his host, and I’m going to show him around,” Matthews told the AJC. “I will be there on Jan. 6, so whenever he takes his official visit, I will be his host.”

Foster and Matthews have been in contact several times per day since Foster de-committed from Auburn on Friday.

“We talked Friday, we talked Saturday, we talked before then … I’m just trying to be a good friend to him, telling him I’m here for him,” Matthews said.

Last year, Foster and Matthews made a vow to play on the same college team. Over the last few days, Matthews told his buddy to basically put himself before that promise.

“I know he’s going through a lot. It’s very stressful for him. I told him you’ve got to make the best decision for you.

“I said ‘We don’t have to play together. We’re going to be friends, regardless. Do what you want to do.’

“But, I also said, ‘It wouldn’t be bad playing with you (in college).’”

Matthews told another website that he thinks Foster will eventually pick UGA. “Yes, I said that. But it’s his choice, and I don’t want to say too much. It’s just his choice. I think he is kind of leaning towards Georgia. But, you know, there’s Georgia, Alabama, some other schools, and wherever Coach Trooper (Trooper Taylor) goes.”

This weekend, Matthews also spent a lot of time hanging out with Shaq Wiggins, another highly-regarded recruit who has created buzz among UGA fans. Wiggins, a CB from Sandy Creek High School, is committed to UGA but will also take official visits to South Carolina, Florida, Texas A&M and Ole Miss.

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“Shaq and I were together the whole time; I was telling him about the safeties and he was telling me about the cornerbacks,” Matthews said.

“He was like ‘Man, that’s crazy how many corners we have. It’s going to be harder for me than you. And with some of the corners, they’re coming in early. They’re going to get a headstart.’ I told him not to worry about. I said ‘If you put in the work like you always do, you’re going to be all right.’”

What is Tray’s prediction for Shaq? “I think he’ll stick with UGA. He doesn’t want to leave us, just like Tramel Terry. We all want to stick together. At one point. I was thinking about Auburn. But I didn’t want to leave them.”

Matthews will room at UGA with Terry, QB Brice Ramsey and RB-DB JJ Green.

What about Matthews’ official visit to UGA? He described it as “amazing,” calling Saturday night’s annual football banquet “something you’d see in a movie.” One of his player hosts was UGA freshman sensation Todd Gurley, who bonded well with Matthews’ parents.

Probably the funniest story Tray had about the weekend was Friday night’s visit to Mark Richt’s house for dessert with other recruits and their families. “It was a humbling experience, and I’m very grateful for that. It was like an once-in-a-lifetime thing, that a little high school kid actually could be in a mansion. That’s my first time in ever being in a mansion. How often does a high school player get to be in his future head coach’s big house? That’s crazy.”

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110 comments Add your comment

DostaDawg

December 10th, 2012
2:34 am

First? Go Dawgs!!!

Whiznot

December 10th, 2012
3:10 am

Did Richt show the recruits and their families his cement pond?

Blind Willie

December 10th, 2012
5:41 am

Georgia is going to clsose with several top recruits. This will be the best recruiting class (depth wise) that they have ever signed.

Island Dawg

December 10th, 2012
5:47 am

Tray Matthews seems to be very well grounded and mature for his age.

FanninDawg

December 10th, 2012
6:36 am

Anybody notice what a classy interview the Army coach gave to Tracey Woolson at halftime of the Army/Navy game ? I wish Richt would follow that example a little better on halftime interviews. Doesn’t hurt to play the PR game better – especially when recruits are watching. GO DAWGS !

FanninDawg

December 10th, 2012
6:37 am

Er – Tracey Woolfson.

dap01

December 10th, 2012
7:00 am

Fannie Dawg: There is not a more classy hc than CMR in America. You must think that your coach, Coach Paul Johnson is a charming guy.

thenumber34

December 10th, 2012
7:08 am

Shaw Wiggins……that is life. In life, the competition is fierce. Competition will make you a better player and more importantly, a better man. Would love to have you at UGA.

thenumber34

December 10th, 2012
7:08 am

Should have read, ‘Shaq’

Grantham's The Man!

December 10th, 2012
7:34 am

Wow, 33+ recruits! With both talent and depth.

That’s like one of Saban’s Oversigned classes, Only Mark Richt’s doing it the Right Way, and it’s not only Legal, but also ethical.

Look out! UGA’s about to have LSU, and Alabama type depth!

Grantham's The Man!

December 10th, 2012
7:34 am

Wow, 33+ recruits! With both talent and depth.

That’s like one of Saban’s Oversigned classes, Only Mark Richt’s doing it the Right Way, and it’s not only Legal, but also ethical.

Look out! UGA’s about to have LSU, and Alabama type depth!

El Leg H U M P E R O

December 10th, 2012
7:45 am

Grantham’s The Man!?? He is the most overpaid DC in the US. He and his lack of adjustments are why they Dawgs had the ball run down their throat against Bama. Choker!!

tony

December 10th, 2012
7:47 am

Will Mark Richt utilize his extraordinary talent in this recruiting class? For example, Tramel Terry and J.J. Green are the 2 players in this recruiting class that have extraordinary playmaker abilities. Get those guys out in space because they have the track speed to get wide and vertical to blow past defenders. You can destroy your opponents with those kind of players.

JUNKYARD DAWG

December 10th, 2012
7:52 am

Whiznot, stay on the porch son and watch the BIG DOGS eat.

kentjacket

December 10th, 2012
7:57 am

Reuben Foster?? Really?? You guys never learn your lesson! Can you say IC 2.0?

Blackoutanyone?

December 10th, 2012
8:01 am

Even with the AJC advertising PSA visits (which flies in the face of the spirit of the NCAA rule) with pics of Richt and PSAs, UGA still can’t seem to win the big one. I guess when you don’t have facts like these below, you have to sell your program any way possible. I would challenge anyone to find another media outlet who routinely posts such pictures. There are none.

14 National Championships 23 SEC Championships

Defending National Champs and 2012 SEC Champions

Roll Tide!!!

Dawgs of Anarchy

December 10th, 2012
8:01 am

Saban is leaving the Tide for the Cleveland Browns job with Mike Lombardi as the GM. Kirby Smart will take over Alabama and they will begin a descend, Dawgs will get Tunsil and Foster.

Whiskey Breath

December 10th, 2012
8:02 am

I am afraid whoever get’s Foster, is basically admitting they buy players. The reason they love Trooper
Taylor is he is the money man. He did the same thing at Tn. He was Foster’s favorite coach. The day Trooper was not retained, was when Foster decomitted.
Ga, you can have him. You guys don’t have a problem with that kind of kid.

Dawgs of Anarchy

December 10th, 2012
8:06 am

Hey Blackoutanyone, you root for a great football team, but what makes you a loser is the fact that you get on UGA AJC articles and gloat. Now, go back down to your parents basement and discuss your team with your fans

Blackoutanyone?

December 10th, 2012
8:07 am

Granthams the man…. You will be physically sick when you watch the NFL draft and realize the amount of professional talent Grantham had on his defense when it was steam rolled by Bama’s offense. I highly suspect you will change your handle next year when all that talent is gone.

Blackoutanyone?

December 10th, 2012
8:12 am

To the victor goe the spoils. I’ve stated nothing that wasn’t true. It is what it is. Its college football… you leghumpers can handle a little ribbing. Lol

Whiskey Breath

December 10th, 2012
8:18 am

Grantham is the man reason Ga has had the success this year. You think Richt could have done it? You do realize Ga starting winning about the time he came on board? Before that, Ga was a 500 team.
But you guys want to believe in zipper head. Richt couldn’t motivate his dog to go out and use the bathroom. Have you ever noticed Richt looks like he just woke up?

Just Wanna Say

December 10th, 2012
8:28 am

@Blackoutanyone?

Your comments would make sense if you blew us out, but you didn’t. Get over yourself.

Whiskey Breath

December 10th, 2012
8:38 am

Thank Goodness for Blackout. He reminds us how Ga has little to be proud of. He is sick of Ga people being proud of one of the greatest underachieving teams of all time. He is sick of all the big talking trash talkers from Ga that can’t back it up. That would make anybody sick of Ga. Also, you never give Bama the true respect it deserves. Bama is the greatest team in NCAA football history and deserves respect.
Ga deserves an award for underachieving.

Flo - Ri - Duh

December 10th, 2012
8:39 am

Mark Richt does have a big house but I wouldn’t classify it as a mansion. He has 7 children – some adopted. Shaq Wiggins will be a starter at UGA by his soph year if not sooner because he is a polished cover corner. He is concerned that Grantham prefers taller corners but if you can cover 5′9″ is tall enough. He can cover and is well coached.

gdawginkalamazoo

December 10th, 2012
8:43 am

Whiznot, that 3:10am was funny.

Blackoutanyone?

December 10th, 2012
8:43 am

Which comment didn’t make sense to you? I never said Bama curb stomped UGA. I said UGA still can’t win the big one. Even though UGA obviously had more talent…well that’s what many UGA players and David Pollack said before the game right? If you are referring to my comment regarding Grantham… I think he’s still busy tying to stop Bama’s running game with 7 in the box. Maybe moral victories is your thing?

Flo - Ri - Duh

December 10th, 2012
8:46 am

Whiskey Breath – Bummer is far from the greatest team in NCAA history. Lost one game and almost two others this year. Saban is not God – lost Lousyanne Munroe! Lost to Cam Newton even though he was up by 24 at half time. He had a losing record in the NFL and lied saying he would not desert the Dolphins for Alabama in a TV interview – then he left in the dark of night for Bummer – failing to complete his signed contract with the Dolphins. Saban is loyal to Saban. Richt is loyal to Georgia. Alcoholic anonymous awaits you.

Flo - Ri - Duh

December 10th, 2012
8:47 am

Blackoutanyone is a closet bug……… call Orkin.

GTDog

December 10th, 2012
8:53 am

Hey good morning there BLACKOUT. Of course, Bama’s on top of the orld right now, they’re having great run.

Traditionally, one of the top 2 or 3 programs in the nation.

I just wish you, and a very few others, had a lttle bit of the class that the Crimson Tide coach and players have…

23 SEC Titles

December 10th, 2012
8:58 am

Flo-Ri-Duh, Got 23 Skippy? You ACTUALLY want to start talking about coaches that do not finish out contracts? Roll Tide and Alabama will be better in 2013

Pilfer Dawg

December 10th, 2012
9:01 am

Blackout- I dont’ know what happened to you. You used to be cordial. Today you have went the way of Chuck Oliver. Maybe Richt should scold you.

You know when you make fun of someone it says more about you than it does about them right?

Pilfer Dawg

December 10th, 2012
9:02 am

Class can’t be learned in school folks. Must be learned at home.

G-Dawg

December 10th, 2012
9:07 am

Amen Pilfer!

Blackoutanyone?

December 10th, 2012
9:13 am

Jeez… take your meds people. Classless… Chuck Oliver? Your words cut deep. Lol

Well I’m off to work… UGA played a great game. People don’t take my BS so serious. Just waiting time. Beat Nebraska and rep the SEC well.

BG

December 10th, 2012
9:17 am

Coach

December 10th, 2012
9:19 am

Enter your comments here

Coach

December 10th, 2012
9:21 am

CMR& R Foster now thats a pair of aces. How long before Foster misses the first two games & Saint Mark gives him his third chance! COME ON!

Gene

December 10th, 2012
9:30 am

Speaking of Army-Navy, it was good seeing clean cut, average size athletes engaging in a game without smack talk or unsportsmanlike conduct. If colleges raised admission standards, you would have fewer off-field issues. You don’t have to weigh 350 pounds, have tattoos and a hair net to be a good football player. There would probably be fewer head injuries as well.

GoDawgs

December 10th, 2012
9:37 am

Wow, there are so many trolls on this message board. Let me educate the public, (in fact this should be the lead disclaimer) don’t let oversigning bother you about a big recruiting class this year. He knows the reason, but persistently brings it up every article. Don’t let GTBOB bother you with his hatred for the Dawgs; he has no loyalty to GT, and just likes to stir up trouble. Don’t let Whiskey Breathe or BlackOutAnyone bother you; Both portray bad examples of Alabama fans. In reality, Alabama and UGA are no rivalry, we have no business hating each other, for we play maybe once every 5 years. We are both good programs, and Alabama has obviously set the lead model of success in the SEC, however, it wasn’t but before Saban that they were as weak as Vandy. Its like saying we hate Ole Miss, it makes no sense. They’re trolls for a reason y’all, they come on here and just want to stir up trouble. There is no reason to defend yourselves against them.

Jim

December 10th, 2012
10:11 am

Blackout anyone– you’re exagerrating on those championships.. need some help with your math?

Truth

December 10th, 2012
10:32 am

Anarchy dawg. Saban is going nowhere. Glad you’re trolling other sites for AL news. This is old news. We heard the same story last year and earlier this year of Saban to Dallas. Never happened though did it. If it helps you sleep at night thinking he will be gone, go right ahead and dream.

sflanagan21

December 10th, 2012
11:05 am

Tray Matthews really sounds like a great kid with a good head on his shoulders. I’ve said it before and I will say it again, Foster will be a Dawg! And I’m damn glad he will be playing for us and not against us! If you have ever seen this kid play and you are a Dawg fan then you will be more than happy to have him reaping the G! The kid is a FREAK!

The future at UGA looks very bright! Go Dawgs!

Dawg-Gawn

December 10th, 2012
11:28 am

Blackoutanyone? = Troll Tide

Better to be Leghumpers or Teabaggers?

Bama is currently out bidding UGA for Reuben… Saban wants to get Fostered again!

Kirby sitting tight at Alabama with all the SEC coaches positions opening up this year, could only mean one thing… Saban moving on soon!

Saban’s expertise is in rebuilding programs, not longtime fortitude. I watched Saban’s sideline expressions during the SECCG… after the fake punt and the blocked field goal… Saban was near stroke level, you could easily see the stress on his face. Too much stress when people expect you to win EVERY time!!!

Not sure about the NFL route, but their are two college programs, with huge HS talent resources in each state, that are in need rebuilding back to their glory… The University of Texas & The University of Southern California. Saban loves to rebuild and when he captures another MNC trophy, there is nothing else left to do at Alabama.

“Show Bobo the Money”

“BELIEVE” in the “G”

Brown Dog

December 10th, 2012
11:36 am

Gawn, you’re better than that. Saban is going nowhere. If he does, Alabama will adapt. We won big before Bryant. We’ll win big, eventually, after Saban.

By the way: Nick has never paid for it. Ever.

kentjacket

December 10th, 2012
11:36 am

Flanagan, I should save your post. I can almost guarantee you will not be more than happy having Foster repping the G. Funny how 2 months ago none of you wanted him. Can’t believe you guys are still willing to take some of these guys

tide roll

December 10th, 2012
12:04 pm

Great. Another linebacker, cornerback and safety. What do you people have against large, ATHLETIC offensive linemen? Not only does Richt fail to sign them, he ends up stockpiling the very teams he need to beat with them. Chance Warmack to BAMA (A Walter Camp ALL-AMERICAN). And we’re thrilled with BRANDON GREENE. a 6′6″ 320 lb. STUD. Max Garcia, Octavious Jackson and now, Trenton Brown to the Gators. As if Muschamp needed any more help. Vadal Alexander to LSU( Freshman All-SEC). AND THEY’RE ALL IN-STATE KIDS. Paul Johnson should send Richt a Christmas present. He just built the right side of Tech’s offensive line with Shamire Devine and Jeremi Hall. Bama stuffs Gurley on 3rd and 1 because Andrews and Lee are physically overmatched! And there goes another NATIONAL TITLE. What does it take for y’all to get a friggin clue. Jeepers!

FrakButt

December 10th, 2012
12:05 pm

Rueben and Shaq better hurry over to join “Trash” Matthews at UGA so they can get in on the first WAVE of suspensions…a la Ogletree, Rambo….

Rob

December 10th, 2012
12:10 pm

Blackoutanyone?

I think the Dothan Daily Post gives y’all credit for 16 championships.

tide roll

December 10th, 2012
12:12 pm

Compare Colquitt Co. and Gator commit Octavious Jackson to your commit Alden Bynum from something called The Valwood School in Valdosta. There is no comparison. Muschamp, like Saban and Spurrier, is going to kick your butt, with this kid. AND IT’S RICHT’S FAULT. The arrogance that guy. If Shaq Wiggins is being pursued by other schools, why aren’t Bynum, Cardiello, and Kublablow. How come they never de-commit? 32, no wait, 33 years. No damn wonder!