What Freshman Safety Tray Matthews Brings to the Table

Tray Matthews is an early-enrollee as a safety.  He is 6 ft, 194 lbs safety from Newnan High School in Newnan, GA.  I attended the recent G-Day Spring Game, and I saw Tray Matthews.  He is a physical speciman that doesn't look like a freshman.  He looked similar to Todd Gurley as a freshman who is, obviously, a freak of nature.  Anyway, he certainly appears to be ultra-talented as Rivals rates him as a 4-star prospect and the #5 Safety in the country.  

Both Georgia coaches and players have been impressed by Tray.  Tray Matthews is a hard-hitter, has good speed, and is a good cover safety.  In one of his first practices, he was seen as tackling Keith Marshall in the open field. Keith Marshall beat out Malcom Mitchell in a foot race that decided the fastest player on the team in 2012.  

For Matthews to be able to do this stood out to me, and showed me he could be one of the SEC's elite safeties in the coming years.  Southern Recruiting Analyist Chad Simmons had this to say of Matthews.

"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." 

Hopefully, with the physical tools and football prowess this guy has, Georgia got a huge difference maker on National Signing Day.