College football teams from across the country are opening fall camp, which means two things. Not much longer until toe meets pigskin and school starts for students of all ages. What do these two events both affect? College Football recruiting.
As the high school season draws nearer every day, recruits from across the country are committing before their season starts in order to save themselves from any future distractions. Top recruits Robert Nkemdiche and Reuben Foster are two recruits that fit this trend.
However, there is also a bigger trend taking place in college football. More and more recruits are committing to schools as part of a package deal.
The SEC is no stranger to package deals. Two years ago, the Georgia Bulldogs received a commitment from then No.1 running back in the nation, Isaiah Crowell, partly because they offered his best friend, Quintavius Harrow, a scholarship. Rumors were that Harrow only received a scholarship to help lure Crowell to the university.
Georgia now is on the opposite side of the package deal equation in that they may lose top safety recruit, Tray Matthews, in a package deal. From the start of his recruitment, Matthews has stated his desire to play along Foster. The sentiment was reciprocated by Foster and it seemed as if the two would truly become a package deal. Even though Matthews committed to UGA and Foster was committed to Alabama, the two still had hope that they would play together.
However, things changed when Reuben decided to commit to the Auburn Tigers and back out on playing for Alabama.
The commitment of his friend was a shock to Tray Matthews and really troubled the highly recruited safety. Matthews has always been solid in his commitment and even had Foster leaning towards to the Dawgs at one point. He only had thought about playing for two schools, Alabama to be with Foster and Georgia.
The confusion continued for Tray Matthews when he took a visit to Auburn last weekend to visit his dear friend. The visit sent Georgia fans into a frenzy on Twitter. Auburn fans were excited when learning of the news and started a twitter war on the young safety’s twitter feed. The hoopla was all for nothing because Matthews remained committed to Georgia when he returned from his visit.
The big news out of the visit was not Matthews recruitment itself but more that Tray Matthews knew his friend was solid to the Tigers and would not switch to the Bulldogs. Throughout his recruitment, Matthews has seemed to be the type of player that would have a drama-free recruitment but the safety is torn between keeping his word and playing with a friend. This is a situation that bears watching.