On Saturday the 5-10, 230-pound class of 2012 football prospect was back on the AU campus to check out the Tigers' first scrimmage of the spring. He made it clear the Tigers are still his favorite.
"They are at the top of my list right now," he said. He added that "once everything comes in place" on the recruiting front (a firm offer from the Tigers) he could be ready to choose Coach Gene Chizik's defending national champions.
He noted that he is still looking at Florida State, Oklahoma and Clemson. He said he is looking at visiting Florida State sometime in May or June, but that is the only other unofficial visit he has lined up.
Currently running track for Columbia High, he will be back on the football field for spring practice that starts on April 23rd.
Loyal said he feels comfortable at Auburn and has a good relationship with the running backs coach, Curtis Luper. "I like Coach Luper's history of how he has had nine 1,000-yard running backs in the last 10 years," Loyal said.
The Tigers have a shortage of running backs, but he watched the only two scholarship running backs returning from last year's team, Onterio McCalebb and Michael Dyer, have good performances in Saturday's scrimmage at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
"They (Auburn) have good backs I can learn from," Loyal said. "I am really not worried about playing my first year. I want to learn the offense by watching and stepping in when it is my turn. I like how they run their offense with the zone read."
However, he noted that Auburn's need for more running backs is definitely something that interests him.
The high school junior said he toured the campus and had individual meetings with Luper and Chizik on Saturday and those went well.
"I really like the family atmosphere they have with the football team at Auburn," he said. "That is important to me."