At the time Toney talked about not wanting to miss his opportunity with Auburn and he also mentioned that it was a weight off his shoulders to get the decision out of the way. Now a month later the 6-2 ½, 225 Toney said while things have still been busy he couldn't be happier about his choice.
"After I committed I got a lot of phone calls and it was pretty busy," Toney tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I still get a lot of people calling me. I'm glad I got it out of the way and got focused. I just feel like it's my home and where I fit in."
Solidly committed to the Tigers, Scout.com's #19 middle linebacker said he's enjoyed getting to know the coaching staff better and better the last month. Included in that is going on his own to hear Chizik speak to a group of Auburn fans in Huntsville recently. He said he also loves the attention and feedback he's getting from Auburn fans he runs into in and around Huntsville.
"Every fan I see is very nice," Toney said. "The coaches have come by a few times. Coach (Tommy) Thigpen was here last Friday to watch the spring game. Last Tuesday when Coach Chizik came and spoke I actually went there. I couldn't talk to him, but I listened to him speak and it was real nice.
"I always thought he was a classy guy and just a great guy," he added. "Everything he talks about is family. That's one that I really like about him."
Toney will have the opportunity to learn more about Chizik and the rest of the Auburn staff in two weeks as he'll be on campus for this year's version of Big Cat Weekend. An idea that the staff came up with their first year at Auburn, it has become a huge recruiting tool for the Tigers and brings top kids from all over the country in to a relaxed atmosphere on the Plains.
"For sure I know I'll be down at Auburn for Big Cat Weekend," Toney said. "I'm going to be there for that and then the following week (June 6-7) I'll be down for my team's 7-on-7 camp. We'll be there for that.
"I don't really know a lot about the weekend, but I've heard a lot of people talk about it," he added. "It's supposed to be the best place to do and the best place to be. I just really want to go down there and have fun and talk to a lot of coaches. I just want to get a better connection with them and to start recruiting for our 2013 class."
When he does Toney said there's one guy in particular that he's anxious to talk with. Already with a stellar group of commitments on the front seven for defense, the linebacker said finishing it off with Montravious Adams would be the icing on the cake.
"One guy is Montravious Adams," Toney said. "I haven't had a chance to talk to him, but he could really help us out on the defensive side."
A physical linebacker, Toney's play took a toll on him last fall as he suffered a torn labrum late in the year. Because of that he had surgery and wasn't cleared for contact to go through spring practice. He said that made his spring a little different, but he feels like it helped him in some ways also.
"It was pretty tough that I couldn't actually play throughout the spring," Toney said. "I worked out with the team and I was in full pads, but because of the injury I had this past season I was out for six months. It was pretty tough going through that and having to watch, but it was pretty good because I got to see back and see what we really need to work on.
"It feels good now," he added. "Actually I get cleared this Thursday. As I was watching I saw a lot of guys step up. Everybody is young on the defensive side of the ball so I just had to coach them up and take on a leadership role. It actually helped me. I got to watch the defense and see what we really need to work on."