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UGA Football recruiting: Tray Matthews could be key to landing Reuben Foster

Commit Tray Matthews will attempt to convince friend and top linebacker Reuben Foster to join him at Georgia when Foster visits the school on Jan. 6.

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The Georgia Bulldogs are going hard after star linebacker Reuben Foster, who just decommitted from Auburn on Friday. The Bulldogs are hoping that current commit and one of Foster's good friends, Tray Matthews, will be able to sway the linebacker's decision.

Matthews, who will be an early enrollee at Georgia next month, will host Foster on a recruiting visit on Jan. 6. The two initially made a vow last season to play at the same college, and they have been in close contact since Foster decommitted from Auburn. But while Matthews will do all he can to get Foster to join him at Georgia, he does not want to put too much pressure on his friend (via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution):

"I know he's going through a lot. It's very stressful for him. I told him you've got to make the best decision for you.

"I said ‘We don't have to play together. We're going to be friends, regardless. Do what you want to do.'

"But, I also said, ‘It wouldn't be bad playing with you (in college).'"

Getting a commitment from Foster would be huge for coach Mark Richt, as the linebacker is a consensus 5-star and one of the top defensive players in the 2013 recruiting class. Matthews thinks that Foster will eventually end up picking Georgia, but anything can happen when it comes to these decisions.

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