Tray Matthews tweets: It's Auburn
by Doug Gorman
By DOUG GORMAN firstname.lastname@example.org It only took two weeks for former Newnan and University of Georgia safety Tray Matthews to find his new football home.
Matthews tweeted on Saturday his plans to play for the Auburn Tigers.
The former Cougar spent his freshman season with the Bulldogs before being dismissed by head coach Mark Richt two weeks ago. His decision keeps him in the SEC and pits him against one of the Bulldogs' biggest rivals.
Matthews was arrested earlier this year along with three other former University of Georgia teammates on theft by deception charges and recently entered a pretrial intervention program that will eventually clear his record.
The change in scenery gives Matthews a fresh start. Something he says he needs.
'I'm truly blessed for this opportunity and second chance that God and Coach Gus (Malzahn) have blessed me with. I'm excited and ready to Excel at AU,' Matthews posted on Twitter.
He will now be teammates with former East Coweta standout Markel Boston.
Despite going through spring practice with the Bulldogs and figuring prominently into new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt's plans, Matthews was removed from the program by Richt after getting into a classroom disturbance with literature professor Dr. Ronald Borgue.
Matthews' tenure at Georgia came with mixed reviews. After playing both offense and defense for the Cougars in high school, he verbally committed early to the Bulldogs, announcing before his junior season.
Matthews played eight games and started six for Georgia last season.
He had 10 solo tackles against the team he will now play for when the Bulldogs lost to Auburn last season.
Matthews was a lso courted by the University of Louisville, where former Georgia teammate Shaq Wiggins and defensive coordinator Todd Grantham landed when they both left the Bulldogs' program.