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Tray Matthews: I Am ’100 Percent Committed’ To Georgia

Georgia fans became nervous last weekend when word traveled that Bulldogs commit Tray Matthews was visiting Auburn.

Their concern was understandable. The safety from Newnan (Ga.) High School had visited Auburn before and his close friend, linebacker Reuben Foster, recently switched his commitment from Alabama to Auburn.

But Matthews told ESPN RecruitingNation that nothing has changed with his pledge to Georgia.

“I am still 100 percent committed,” said Matthews, who’s ranked the nation’s No. 10 safety by ESPNU.

But Matthews still plans to take all five official visits this fall. He told ESPN he will take trips to Auburn, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and Southern California.

And he will continue to talk to Foster and visit him in Auburn, where he attends high school. Matthews admitted that Foster’s commitment to Auburn has made the recruiting process more difficult.

“(Foster) put me in a hard predicament,” Matthews said. “To be honest, at one point Reuben was really leaning towards UGA. I will put that out there. He really was. And in some kind of way Alabama messed it up for him. Then he went to Auburn and (wide receivers coach) Trooper Taylor and all of them got on him. It was convenient for him to be in Auburn all the time. Then out of the blue he told me he was liking Auburn.

“I said, ‘Yeah, that is a nice school.’ I took a visit down there with him. I was thinking we are still going to the same school but I didn’t think he was serious about (Auburn). So without even telling me one day, he committed to Auburn. I said, ‘What?’ He told everybody later, ‘They didn’t take me serious so I had to prove it to them.’ So it shocked me and I am in a hard spot.”

Fans of both Auburn and Georgia are making the recruiting process even harder on Matthews. He said he continues to receive messages from fans on twitter, which is against NCAA rules.

Matthews said Auburn fans try to sway him to Georgia and Bulldogs fans condemn him for taking a trip to Auburn while he’s committed to Georgia.

Matthews has wisely avoided responding to the fans, as hard as that is to do.

“I feel like, ‘Man, I am a kid. I can do what I want to, can’t I?’ I can go have fun, take my unofficial and official visits. I am still a kid and I still want to have fun on visits,” he said.

Meanwhile, Matthews maintains he won’t switch his commitment from Georgia to Auburn.

“That is not going to happen,” he said.

 


3 comments
adam
adam

Ask anyone who knows anything and they will tell you that "Troopah" is the biggest dirtbag cheat in college football. If he was so great he wouldn't be at Auburn.

 

Mr Bad Example
Mr Bad Example

Ask any Tennessee fan how great of a recruiter Trooper Taylor is, and you'll know why Georgia should be worried about this commitment. You can trace Phil Fulmer's demise back to his decision not to promote Taylor to the offensive coordinator's position when David Cutcliffe went to Duke.

Mr Bad Example
Mr Bad Example

Ask any Tennessee fan how great of a recruiter Trooper Taylor is, and you'll kn

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