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Scout 300 Athlete Kadarius Toney Picks up Gators Offer

Newly minted four-star athlete, Kadarius Toney, picked up a Florida offer this week. Toney discusses the Gators and where he stands in his recruitment with Scout's

Kadarius Toney is moving on up. The athlete from Eight Mile (Ala.) Blount is a newly minted four-star on Scout and a new member of the Scout 300. 

"It feels good to know that what I'm doing is actually being noticed," said Toney. "I was really surprised. I didn't know how the stars really work but for him [Scout National Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons] to tell me that I moved up, it feels really good."

Expect his list of college suitors to grow this spring; currently, Toney holds offers from Georgia Tech, Illinois, Iowa State, Memphis, South Alabama, South Carolina, Wake Forest and more recently Florida

"They [the Gators] just moved to the top of my list right away," he said. "I like Florida as a whole. I haven't been there to visit but growing up I liked the Florida defense and the LSU defense. I just want to know for sure there is a good defense on the other side of the ball no matter where I play." 

The versatile playmaker from Alabama was offered the scholarship by UF assistant, running backs coach, Tim Skipper

"He [Skipper] told me they are recruiting me as an athlete, and they would give me a shot to play quarterback," he said.

Toney plays for Lev Holly at Blount, who is the father of Kendarian Handy-Holly, another Gators target in the 2017 class. Handy-Holly and Toney have grown to become very close, and the former has told Toney plenty about The Swamp. 

"He [Handy-Holly] told me I would like it and that I need to go down there and see it," he said. 

As both of these athletes work through the recruiting process, they often lean on each other for guidance. 

"We have had a few conversations about it [playing together at the next level, the recruiting process]," he said.  "I had asked him where he wanted to go and he asked me where I wanted to go and it was kind of different places. So I was like what do you like about them, and he told me what he liked about it.  Then I told him what I liked about the school that I wanted to go to and we compared. Whichever school we pick is going to be the best for each of us to fit in." 

Toney remained mum on which schools were the top destinations spoken about, however, with many schools close to offering, he is not in any rush to make a decision. 

"I want to visit a couple of SEC schools to see what they have to offer," he stated. "Going to go back to Mississippi State, LSU, want to go to Florida and South Carolina."

Toney has not received an offer from the Tigers yet, however, an offer from them would be very welcomed. 

"It would mean a lot," he said. "I talked to them almost every day. I am planning some visits to go there, and I'm hopefully working towards an offer." 

Toney is as versatile as they come. He can be a dual-threat quarterback at the next level or he can be used as a slot receiver or ball carrier. 

"Quarterback is my preferred position," he said,  "but If I go to a college and they want me to be somewhere else, I will make those adjustments."

 In the end it's about finding the perfect fit. 

Looking at the "academics, the services that you get like tutors and how their graduation rates look like," he said.  "What majors do they have that I am interested in and that I can go and play football at the same time."

Although he just picked up an extra star and moved up a few spots in the Scout rankings, Toney is not done working on his skill.  

"I want to move up to a five stars and hopefully acquire all the offers I need so I can make my decision before my season starts."

Toney and his teammates will begin spring practice at Blount in May. 

"I want to get better than where I was last season and build team chemistry and make sure everyone is on the same page," he said. "I am working on my pocket presence, and staying in the pocket a little longer than I have usually been and my accuracy." 

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