Tray Matthews is one of the more outspoken and, quite frankly, likable prospects in Georgia’s 2013 class. His devotion to the red and black is more than 12-months strong—despite a perceived flirtation with the Auburn Tigers just a few months ago—and, according to Matthews, it was his love for the Georgia Bulldogs program and coaches that ultimately influenced him to stand by his commitment.
“Guys like me and Brice, we wanted to show loyalty to the fans,” he said of being committed since August of 2011. “We looked at other places, but I always missed Georgia. I loved it there.”
But the mature Matthews says that he is not willing to push other players to play with him at Georgia – saying that those still considering other schools have to make the right decisions for themselves.
“I would understand if other guys go other places because I wanted to go where I wanted to go,” he said. “But Georgia – with the coaching staff and fans – folks will make the right decision.”
While many feel that Matthews could be the key to Georgia’s securing the now free agent Reuben Foster, it’s becoming clear that Foster is willing to leave all his options on the table until he absolutely has to select one—and it wouldn’t surprise me to see him stretch his decision all the way to National Signing Day—and he’s gone on the record in saying that none of the school’s he’s evaluating rank any higher than the other. All are on equal footing as of now.
And while Foster and Matthews are known friends, Matthews isn’t willing to push Foster any harder than he has already because he understands it’s a tough situation for him right now. That said, the Bulldogs have an opportunity to close out strong with several big names still on the board (Alvin Kamara, Laremy Tunsil, Montravius Adams, and Toby Johnson among them) and there’s a good chance they land at least one, if not two, of those prospects in the end.
In the meantime, however, Matthews is preparing for an early arrival in Athens, and he’s already received some friendly advice from a future teammate, Georgia running back Todd Gurley.
“Gurley told me that some folks get the big head, and that they don’t work hard once they get to college,” Matthews said. “But he told me that you can’t just come up here and not work. He told me that he’s heard a lot about me, but that I will have to continue to work.”