Hoops Prospect to Visit Lebo's Tigers

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Savannah, Ga.--Toby Veal, a six-foot-seven forward from Johnson High School, says that he is looking forward to his first official visit scheduled for this weekend.

Rated a three-star basketball prospect by Scout.com as the nation's No. 31st-ranked power forward for the 2008 class, Veal says his trip to Auburn this weekend will be his first time on the AU campus.

Veal says he plans to visit Colorado State and Colorado in September and is considering an official visit to Las Vegas to check out UNLV. The high school senior notes that he is also seriously considering Florida State.

As a junior Veal, who can play both the power forward and small forward spots, says he averaged 20 points, 14 rebounds and five blocked shots per contest. "My goal this year is to improve in every statistical category," he says.

Going into his final season of high school basketball, Veal says rebounding is the strongest part of his game and dribbling is the skill he is working on the most in the offseason.

A player who has a good shooting touch, he plays the game on a year-around basis. Academically, Veal notes that he is a B student who is in good shape to be a qualifier for freshman college eligibility. Veal's coach at Johnson High, Keith Arrington, says that he is certain that the forward will qualify.

"I really like the Auburn coach who is recruiting me, Coach (John) Cooper," Veal says. "He makes me feel like I am at home. He has known me for a long time. He makes me feel real comfortable about the situation at Auburn.

"I also like Auburn because it has a good business school and I am going to college to study business and management," he adds. "I think Auburn would lead me in the right direction. Also, if I go to Auburn I think I could play a little bit from the start."

Veal says the two Colorado schools appeal to him because he likes the coaches on those staffs who have been recruiting him as well as the academics at CSU and CU.

Another western school is also on his radar, UNLV. "We are kind of debating on that one," he says. "My mother doesn't want me to go out there."

Veal is also considering the FSU Seminoles. "I have visited Florida State so many times," he says. "I like the coach, the school, the atmosphere and it is not too far from home." LSU has also expressed an interest in lining up a visit.

Johnson High's Arrington says whoever signs the forward will be getting a good one. "Toby is a great athlete," the coach says.

Veal, who plans to arrive in Auburn on Friday, points out that he is going into his official visits with an open mind. "I don't really have a favorite," he says.

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