Toney Feels At Home, Chooses Tigers

Auburn picked up a commitment from one of the South's top linebackers on Saturday.

Huntsville, Ala.—Talented linebacker prospect Cameron Toney had been to Auburn several times in the past few months, but this weekend felt a little different to him. Already with the Tigers at the top of his list, he got to town on Friday night and things began to feel right. Saturday's A-Day game just pushed things over the top for the 6-2 ½, 225 prospect and he said he couldn't wait any longer.

"I just made my decision," Toney said. "It just felt like home. I didn't want to miss out on the opportunity. Today I just felt confident in making my decision. I knew this morning when I got to Auburn. I had a meeting with all of the coaches and Coach (Gene) Chizik. I had a great feeling like it was about to happen."

Having the opportunity to talk with Chizik was big for Toney and he said it gave him all he needed to choose the Tigers, but he didn't pull the trigger until he talked with defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder.

"I had the feeling when I was in the meeting with Coach Chizik," Toney said. "I didn't know if I should let him know then or not. I walked to lunch with Coach VanGorder and he was asking me about it. I told him I had a nervous feeling about it and wanted to do it. He paused for a minute and then I told him I was ready.

"They were happy," he added of when he told them of his decision. "They said it made their day. They were having a bad day this morning and to get two commits back to back was huge."

In addition to Toney, Auburn also got a verbal commitment from Jarrad Davis from Camden County (Ga.) High. A visitor in late March to the Auburn campus, Davis also committed to the Tigers on Saturday. Toney said they both hung out Friday night, but didn't really talk to each other about what they were about to do.

"We didn't really talk about it," Toney said. "I hung with him last night. We didn't talk about committing. I didn't expect it from him and he didn't expect it from me. When I saw him we had smiles on both of our faces."

Being recruited as an inside linebacker by the Tigers, Toney said VanGorder told him he's have a chance to play early at Auburn. After seeing the lack of depth for the Tigers in Saturday's spring game Toney agreed.

"He said I could come in and be an impact player," Toney said. "There's a possibility I could play my freshman year. He's a great coach from what I've seen. Auburn, the whole thing is a family and I can see that. A lot of places I go I get the same feelings, but at Auburn I can see it.

"They are getting what Coach VanGorder is giving them out there," he added of the game. "They look real confused, but today was just basic. They can move out there. I feel like I can come in and play well in that defense. My favorite formation is a 4-3."

With offers from several more schools and the likelihood that more will come along, Toney said he may take more visits to make sure of his decision, but he feels right at home on the Plains and that's enough for him.

"Right now I can say I'm done, but anything could pop up," Toney said. "I just want to have fun. I feel like Auburn is my home and it's where I want to play."

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