A frequent visitor to Auburn and planning to be back on the Plains this weekend for the spring game, the 6-2 1/2, 225-pound Toney said he has stayed in constant contact with Auburn and Coach Brian VanGorder in recent weeks, particularly since sophomore linebacker Jawara White was forced to give up football due to health issues.
"I could see my name on the depth filling his spot," Toney tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I actually talked to Coach VanGorder about him having to give up football and it's a sad situation. He's still a part of the team even though he can't play. It makes me look more at them because there is an open spot at inside linebacker.
"We just talked about a lot of stuff and he let me know the situation," Toney added. "I think he found out he couldn't play Thursday morning and he called me Thursday night."
Since VanGorder has been hired Toney has made it a point to build as strong of a relationship as possible with the new coach. Having to learn about him on the run, Toney said everything has gone smoothly in such a short time.
"It's going great," Toney said. "I have been knowing him for about two months since he got the defensive coordinator job down at Auburn. Everything is going great and I have a great feeling. I'm glad that I can talk to someone who has been at the next level with the Atlanta Falcons. He also coached at Georgia. I can tell he knows what he's doing because he's been at the highest level."
Cameron Toney (47) is shown in action as a junior playing for Huntsville High.
Planning to be in Auburn for the A-Day Game at Jordan-Hare Stadium, Toney said he's excited to see the Tigers on the field to see how they've progressed.
"I'll be at Auburn this Saturday and next Saturday I'm going to try to get to Knoxville," he said. "I'm not sure about that one, but I'm definitely going to be in Auburn this weekend.
"I just want to see the competition and guys playing hard and flying around," he added. "That's what I was raised around. I want to see that. What's going to split the two teams apart and help me make my decision is pretty tough. It will come down to a great school."
Hearing from several more colleges in recent weeks, including Georgia and Oregon, Toney said his favorites are Auburn and Tennessee. While many prospects are making early decisions he said at the moment he's not planning on making his choice, but if the timing is right he won't hesitate to pull the trigger.
"I'm taking my time, but anything could happen," Toney said. "It could be two months or two weeks or 10 months. I'm just really taking my time and not rushing anything.
"I'm just trying to cut things down and see how everything goes and where I fit," he added. "I want to get to where I feel like home could be."