'13 Army Selection: Tray Matthews

Newnan (Ga.) High safety Tray Matthews earns elite status on 2013 U.S. Army All-American Team...

(Wharton, N.J.) – Tray Matthews of Newnan High School, Newnan, Ga., has been selected to play in the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, joining an elite group of All-Americans. Those selected will play in the game on Saturday, January 5, 2013, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The annual East vs. West match-up will be televised live on NBC at 1:00 p.m. EST and will feature the nation's top 90 high school football players.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder bolsters an impressive roster for the U.S. Army All-American contest. Matthews is currently rated as the No. 9 safety in the country by Scout.com, making him a four-star prospect.

Matthews has made a non-binding verbal commitment to sign with Georgia on National Letter of Intent Day.

Scout Eval - "Matthews is a safety known for his ability to lay the wood. He is a very physical player who's a strong tackler. He closes on the ball well, especially when going north-south. He also has good ball skills. When in coverage, he lines up well off the ball, so he is often the deepest man in coverage. He can work on his flexibility, he has not been tested a lot one on one, but he is a strong safety, with hands, and speed." - Chad Simmons

"Tray is a talented athlete whose leadership and teamwork qualities have made him a standout at Newnan High School," said John Myers, Director of Marketing, Army Marketing and Research Group. "Only the strongest wear the Army colors, and Tray possesses mental, emotional and physical strengths similar to the Army Strong Soldier, that have afforded him that honor. We are proud to welcome all of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl players and commend each of them on their selection."

Matthews was selected by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee.

For more than a decade, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has been the Nation's premier high school football game, serving as the preeminent launching pad for America's future college and NFL stars. Percy Harvin, Jamaal Charles, Patrick Peterson, and Andrew Luck all made their national debuts as U.S. Army All-Americans. In the 2012 NFL Draft Andrew Luck became the first U.S. Army All-American Bowl alumnus to be selected with the first overall pick. The 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl drew a record crowd of 39,011 to the Alamodome, and was the most-watched sporting event on television over the weekend, excluding the NFL playoffs.

Sergeant First Class Jackson, Sergeant First Class Radford, Tray Matthews, Sergeant First Class Royal, and Lieutenant Spann

--Originally published by Greg Powers--

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