Out-Of-State Wide Receiver High On Tigers

Auburn summer camper has Tigers at the top of his list of favorites.

Monroe, La.--Wide receiver Toby Ziegler of Neville High School is the big-play type of receiver that teams at all levels covet.

At 6-1 and 185 pounds (4.5 40-yard dash), Ziegler has seven touchdown catches in his team's first seven games. He added two punt returns for touchdowns in Neville's latest contest. "I love returning punts," says Ziegler. "I just love getting in the open field. I feel like if I'm one on one with a someone, he's not going to tackle me."

While Ziegler excels in the open field, he is more than just an elusive runner--he's a polished wide receiver. "I am just as comfortable going down the field to catch the ball as I am catching it short and beating people after the catch. I've got 422 yards on 22 catches so far. It would be more, but we've had a couple of woodshed victories," Ziegler adds with a laugh.

Commenting on his style of play, the high school senior says, "I run real good routes and have good hands and good speed, but most people know me for what I doing running the football after I catch it."

Ziegler attended summer camps at Auburn and Louisiana Tech, this week's Tiger opponent, and he says that he currently favors Auburn over Arkansas and LSU. "Right now, I like Auburn the best of the three. I'm visiting Arkansas on December 15th and Auburn on January 12th. I'm also going to Auburn for the Auburn/Alabama game on an unofficial visit."

Tiger Ticket Extra: Ziegler says he is still waiting on an offer from in-state LSU and he says he thinks he will get one. When asked if Auburn is still going to be his favorite if the Bayou Bengals offer, Ziegler, without hesitation, says the Auburn Tigers would still be his number one pick...Last year he caught 47 passes for 973 yards...Commenting on Auburn, Ziegler says, "It is a nice environment. The coaches are really friendly and I fell in love with Coach (Greg) Knox at camp in Auburn. He is a great person. Coach (Phillip) Lolley recruits my area and I talk to him every week. He is a great people person, the kind of person I want to be around. He told me that he wishes me good luck in college and wants me to be successful, even if I don't come to Auburn."


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