"It is important for me to get in great shape over the summer because most likely I will be playing both ways," Loyal notes. "I am going to play linebacker, too, and I enjoy doing that. It feels good to get a chance to hit somebody instead of always getting hit.
"This summer I am going to continue to work hard and I don't planning on taking any days off," he says. "I am going to try to get faster and stronger and become a better all-around player."
Loyal, who is 5-10 1/2, 232 pounds, has run a 4.52 40-yard dash, but isn't satisfied with that. "I want to get faster than that time," he says. "I don't really have a certain goal, but I would like to get it into the low 4.4s. I want to be as fast as I can get."
A visitor to Auburn's Big Cat Weekend, Loyal notes that he liked the event. "It was a lot of fun," he says. "It was good to get a chance to know some of the top prospects as well as a chance to get to know the coaches better. It was a really good experience.
"We got a chance to see what they do outside of football at Auburn," Loyal adds.
The big back says he got a big kick out of some of the games the prospects participated in at the Big Cat event like the pie-eating contest, which he notes was his favorite even though he didn't participate in it. "It was really funny," he says. "I liked the rapping part. They had us rapping, singing songs and dancing and stuff. It was real fun and they had me laughing."
Loyal says that Auburn remains his favorite, but hasn't set a timetable on when he will make a final decision on where he plans to attend college. He points out that he could do it this fall or wait until as late as signing day.
"I like Auburn's offense and I think I would fit in with what they do," he says. "I also think if I went to Auburn I would have a chance to contribute right away."