Tray Matthews Headed to Auburn for 2nd Chance

Former University of Georgia safety Tray Matthews is heading to Auburn after being dismissed from the UGA team.

Auburn, Ala.--When he came out Newnan, Ga., High School two years ago as one of the top safety prospects in the country, Tray Matthews gave Auburn a long look before choosing the Georgia Bulldogs.

After two up-and-down years in Athens, the physical football player will get his chance to see what life on the Plains would have been like as he announced on Saturday that he is transferring to Auburn after being dismissed from the Georgia team.

Matthews announced via Twitter that he is "ready to be an Auburn Man." He added, "I'm very humbled by all that has happened . Truly blessed. AU family and fans we in this together. WDE!!"

Matthews noted, "I'm truly blessed for this opportunity and second chance that God and Coach Gus (Malzahn) has blessed me with. I'm excited and ready to Excel at Auburn."

Not eligible in 2014 under NCAA transfer rules, Matthews will have to sit out this season before joining Charlie Harbison's crew at safety for the 2015 season. When he does he will bring a style of play that should fit in well with Auburn's defensive scheme. Looking for bigger bodies on the back end of the defense, the 6-0, 196 Matthews has a linebacker mentality with the speed to cover receivers when needed.

Tray Matthews

As a freshman last season for the Bulldogs he made six starts and appeared in eight games. He had 36 total tackles, one interception and one forced fumble. His biggest game of the year came in a loss at Auburn when he made 12 tackles with 10 of those the solo variety. He also had eight stops against Clemson and six against LSU.

After he redshirts during the 2014 season at Auburn the safety will have three more seasons of eligibility. At Newnan High he was a first team All-State pick and ranked the No. 9 safety prospect, and No. 99 overall prospect, in the nation by The U.S. Army All-American made 51 tackles as a high school senior and while adding 526 receiving yards and 42 on the ground.

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