Former Georgia safety Tray Matthews announces he's coming to Auburn

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Posted: Sunday, June 15, 2014 3:10 pm

Former Georgia safety Tray Matthews announced on Twitter he's coming to Auburn.

Matthews, who was dismissed from the Bulldogs on June 3 and immediately said he was considering transferring to either Auburn or Louisville, reportedly visited the Plains several times this week.

"Ready to be an Auburn Man," Matthews tweeted around noon Saturday. "I'm very humbled by all that has happened. Truly blessed. Au family and fans we in this together. WDE!! #Blessed"

An Auburn spokesperson could not confirm the move. Matthews can enroll in classes as early as June 22 for the second summer semester. He will be required to sit out the 2014 season as a Division I transfer but will have three years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2015.

"I'm truly blessed for this opportunity and second chance that God and Coach Gus has blessed me with. I'm excited and ready to Excel at AU," Matthews tweeted.

Matthews was one of four UGA players arrested by campus police in March and charged with misdemeanor theft by deception for allegedly cashing school-issued financial-aid checks twice.

Matthews isn't the first of those players to leave Georgia, following former receiver Uriah LeMay, who will reportedly transfer to Charlotte. The other two, defensive linemen James DeLoach and Jonathan Taylor, are still with the team after being arraigned in Athens, Ga., on June 5 and entering into a pre-trial diversion program.

Matthews, from Newnan, Ga., was highly recruited by Auburn coming out of high school and was ranked the No. 7 safety prospect in the nation by last year.

Matthews appeared in eight games as a true freshman last season, including against Auburn in the famous Prayer in Jordan-Hare game. He actually helped contribute to Ricardo Louis' game-winning 73-yard touchdown reception with 25 seconds remaining when he and fellow Georgia defensive back Josh Harvey-Clemons — who has since been dismissed from the team — collided at the 20-yard-line, prompting the ball to tip backward and right into Louis' waiting hands.

Matthews finished his freshman season with 36 tackles, one interception and one forced fumble.

In his statement announcing Matthews’ dismissal, Georgia coach Mark Richt said: “We are trying to make room for guys who want to do things right.”

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