Toney Turns His Focus To Recruiting For AU

Cameron Toney talks about his official visit, gives his thoughts on the coaching staff, and discusses his targets to finish off this class.

Huntsville, Ala.—Never backing off his commitment to Auburn during the coaching change, physical linebacker Cameron Toney has been as solid as solid gets to the Tigers since his verbal decision last spring. Taking his official visit to talk with Gus Malzahn and the full coaching staff over the weekend, Toney said it was a great experience for him to meet them as well as hang out with several future teammates.

"It was a great visit," Toney said. "It was a lot of what I expected out of the coaches. Basically I got the feel of the new coaching staff and I liked it.

"It was totally different from the old coaching staff," he added. "I actually like this group better. I think they are nicer. Not saying the last coaching staff wasn't nice, but they are more family-type and they've got a reason for being here. Some of them graduated from Auburn so all of them are Auburn guys."

Two of the coaches on the staff played at Auburn and are very familiar with what the players will go through playing for the Tigers. After getting to know both Rodney Garner and Dameyune Craig better and listening to them talk, Toney said he's excited about the future.

"I got a great feeling from them," Toney said. "Basically I'm about to go through the same steps they went through. In one of his (Garner) on Saturday he basically said don't look for a school just because of the coaches. College football is like a business, you have coaches that come and go. As players you have to go to the school that you want for the school."

Another coach Toney said he enjoyed getting the chance to know better was defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Ellis Johnson. His future position coach, Toney said Johnson told him he would likely be a weakside linebacker for the Tigers and that will be just fine with him.

"I love him to death," Toney said. "I treat him like my granddad. I would say my dad, but he's a lot older than that. I'm just ready to be around him. I can tell he's experienced at what he does. He's been at a lot of different places. I'm just ready to put on the pads and play for him."

Not planning on taking any other visits, Toney said his goal now is to help this Auburn recruiting class finish strong in 2013. That means he'll be back next weekend unofficially to hang out and mingle and he said he'll also be talking to guys to do his best to get them back on board and strong with the Tigers.

"I'm planning to come back next weekend and check out the Kentucky game (basketball) and recruit for Auburn," Toney said. "I'm just closing everything in, not taking any other visits, and staying humble.

"The main thing I want to do is get this class rebuilt on the defensive side," he added. "We've got to get Reuben (Reuben Foster) back for sure playing that mike linebacker. Dee Liner has to get his head back on the right track. Derrick Green is coming in next week. I thought he was coming in this week, but plans change. I'll definitely try to get his head back where it was with the first coaching staff."

As a senior Toney made 107 tackles for Huntsville High despite battling a high ankle sprain much of the year.


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