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.
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.
“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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— UnlimitedTide (@UnlimitedTide) December 7, 2012
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