In-State Linebacker Enjoys Auburn Junior Day

One of the top players in Alabama for 2013, Cameron Toney discusses his Saturday trip to Auburn.

Huntsville, Ala.—It's no secret that Auburn and new defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder is looking for bigger, more physical linebackers for the Tigers in the future. One of the players that visited for Saturday's junior day fits the bill in both categories and said he enjoyed having the chance to see more of Auburn.

Talented linebacker Cameron Toney is a 6-2, 215-pounder with good feet and quickness. With that combination it's no surprise that several schools have already come on board with offers including the Auburn Tigers. He said that his trip to the Plains gave him a good idea of what the program is all about.

"The day was great," Toney said. "The environment is pretty intense. Everything went well. I got to know the coaches a lot better. That was pretty much it. The best part was just talking to the coaches and actually sitting down and spending time with Coach Gene Chizik one-on-one.

"It was great," he added of his time with Chizik. "My gift from God was to sit down and talk to him. Everything went great. You always dream about this and it actually happened. It's great to sit down and talk to big college coaches and coaches that were former NFL coaches. I love it."

As a junior for Huntsville High, Toney had a big season playing linebacker as he totaled 120 tackles, eight sacks, four forced fumbles, three interceptions, and three pass break-ups. That was enough to catch VanGorder's eye when he got to Auburn as the Tigers offered soon after. Toney said the new coach has talked to him about how much he likes him since he arrived.

"It was the same conversation," Toney said of his visit. "He's an outgoing guy. He's a great football coach too."

When VanGorder got to Auburn one of the first things he talked about was the need to get bigger on defense. That's something that Toney said the Tigers talked with him about on his visit and it made him feel very welcome knowing they want him to be a part of things.

"They want them big, strong, and smart," Toney said. "There is a big chance out there for me, I would just have to earn my spot and earn my opportunity. The opportunity is out there for me.

"Right now I'm on their favorites list," he added. "Everything is going great. I'm keeping my options open. I'm just looking to explore the world."

Looking at Alabama, Mississippi State and Tennessee in addition to Auburn, Toney said he plans to wait until close to signing day to make his decision because he wants to have the opportunity to measure all his schools against each other to see which is the best fit for him.

"I have just been to Alabama and Auburn so I have a lot of places to go and cut down and to get to know everybody," Toney said. "That's going to be the hard part is cutting down the schools."

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