The commitment: S Tray Matthews
Date Committed: August 3, 2011
Ranked: Four-star, No. 9 safety
Other options: Alabama, Auburn, Michigan, Ohio State, Tennessee
Position status: Georgia has a lot on its plate this spring on the defensive side, and safety arguably raises more question marks than any other position. The Bulldogs head into spring with an inexperienced safety core following the departure of NFL bound Shawn Williams and Bacarri Rambo. But the good news is that Georgia brought in quite a bit of talent at the position with five signees in its 2013 class –– Shaq Fluker, Paris Bostick, Quincy Mauger, Kennar Johnson and Tray Matthews. There is also speculation that Josh Harvey-Clemons, who was a five-star linebacker in high school, could make a shift to safety. At 6-foot-5 and 207 pounds, that is the position he is currently listed under on the official Georgia roster.
The evaluation: Matthews is known for his physicality in the defensive backfield. He’s a rugged tackler with great closing speed. Matthews also has catching ability, and played some receiver at Newnan. After a spring under Todd Grantham’s tutelage, he could be a ready starter.
Estimated impact: Because of Georgia’s inexperienced group at safety, and Matthews’ high talent level, he could play early. Look for Matthews to become a household name in Athens over the next few years. He has all the potential to do so and shows minimal signs of not living up to the hype.