AU Visit Making Things Tough For Matthews

Four-star safety Tray Matthews talks about his Saturday visit to Auburn.

Newnan, Ga.—One of the top safety prospects in the nation and a longtime commitment to the Georgia Bulldogs, four-star Tray Matthews made a visit to check out the Auburn Tigers on Saturday and left with more questions than answers about his future. Saying he's still committed to Georgia, Matthews said his second trip to the Plains gave him even more to think about.

"The decision is a lot harder," Matthews said. "To be honest, at Auburn, the way they were talking, I could come in and start. It's a good place to be and, of course, UGA is a good place to be. It's kind of hard right now. I'm just soaking it all in and asking God to lead me the right way…I'm still committed to Georgia and just going to think everything through."

Making the visit along with his entire family, Matthews said he especially wanted to let his dad get a feel for Auburn. As one of the places he's strongly considering, the talented defensive back said it's important for him that his family be comfortable wherever he winds up.

"Actually I just wanted to bring my dad over," Matthews said. "The only place he had ever been was Georgia. He needs to get a feel for every school too. The depth chart at Auburn and Georgia is very similar. He's just looking at all that. We just have to talk about it and go home and just think. It's hard."

Spending a lot of time with Gene Chizik and the rest of the Auburn coaching staff, Matthews said he got to see them on the field as the Tigers practiced for the fourth time in the preseason. He said that wasn't the biggest impression they made on him however, that came when they talked about what the defense could be like together with the guys Auburn is recruiting.

"We'd be an unstoppable defense, for real," Matthews said. "Dee Liner and Carl Lawson and all those boys upfront, Montravius Adams, you got the line and the linebackers. They're going to make the job way easier for me. I can be a ball hog at safety. If the quarterback can't get the ball off, it makes my job a lot easier."

One player that he didn't need to mention was Reuben Foster. A longtime close friend and someone he has said he would like to play on the same team with in college, Foster has been all Auburn since committing to the Tigers said Matthews.

"He's been in my ear the whole time, all last week and the week before that," Matthews said. "He's been calling me and blowing up my phone about coming down. He's just been in my ear like I was trying to get him to come to Georgia. He switched up on me and now he's trying to flip the script. It's the other way around now."

Reuben Foster and Tray Matthews

Hoping to make a final decision sometime during his season, Matthews said at the moment he's just going to take his time and continue to get a closer look at both Auburn and Georgia in the coming weeks and months.

"I'm going to check out a couple of Auburn games," Matthews said. "hey want me to come back. I love it down there. They treated us like a family and treated me like a god even though I'm not. They treated me very well. I don't have anything bad to say about Auburn.

"I don't know," he added of an announcement time. "It's hard. I have been telling everybody I was going to make an announcement, but coming here it kind of makes me want to wait and check out a couple of games at Auburn and see how Auburn and Georgia compare when they go against each other. Little things like that, and just see what happens. I'm just going to go with the flow and relax."

Matthews said his plan is still to graduate high school early and enroll for spring practice at the school he chooses.

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