"Auburn right now is at the top of my list," Loyal says. "I like how they use their running backs.
"They use sort of an ‘I' set and a spread set and they go between the tackles so I can really relate to their offense," he says.
"I?just really like that they talk about family because I don't want to go anywhere where that I don't feel comfortable," he adds.
Loyal, who says that he currently stands 5-10 and weighs 230 pounds, is a physical back who enjoys running inside, but he has also been effective on the corners and has been able to run away from would-be tacklers in the open field as a two-year starter at Columbia High.
"I like to see myself as a balanced back," Loyal says in discussing his running style. "I use power when I have to."
He notes that he grew up following Tennessee, but has had second thoughts about the Vols. "As I got older my mind started to change about Tennessee," he says. "The coaching staff right now is not too stable."
Loyal visited Auburn last season for the LSU game and notes he likes what he saw on the football field and in the stands from an intense Auburn home crowd. "The junior day was like my fourth or fifth time to visit Auburn," he notes.
Although he is still waiting for a scholarship offer from the 2010 national champions, Loyal says he has offers from North Carolina State, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Virginia, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Ole Miss and Tennessee. He puts Auburn at the top of his current list of favorites ahead of Georgia Tech, Oklahoma and North Carolina State.
The big back says he is still checking out colleges and hasn't decided when he will be ready to make his pick.