After spending the day touring facilities and meeting with Coach Gus Malzahn and his staff, the class of 2015 prospect decided to stick around for another day before returning home to Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
“It is a great visit,” Coney said. “I have met some great people and I have been having fun.”
While the Tigers are known for their outstanding football team, there is another major attraction that convinced him to check out the university.
“Auburn has a great mechanical engineering program,” said Coney, who noted that he is an honor student at Palm Beach Gardens High School and that he wants to study engineering in college.
He also received a positive recommendation about Auburn from Avery Young, a starting offensive lineman for the Tigers, who was an All-American at Palm Beach Gardens High.
“I know Avery,” Coney said. “I have worked out with him a couple of times. He is a great guy.
“He told me that it has been a great experience. It made him become a man and he is having fun, and he is here to take care of business.”
Asked what other factors will be important in making a decision, the linebacker said, “The environment, the coaching staff and the chance to get on the field early.”
Florida and Notre Dame have been at the head of his list and that is still the case, but he pointed out that Auburn is making a move. Coney said that Miami, Tennessee and Georgia are also under consideration, noting that he is still learning more about each school before plans to narrow his list to three or four programs in August before taking his official visits.
Conley is coming off a monster season in which he made 172 tackles in 14 games while forcing six fumbles and intercepting two passes.
Prior to Friday the prospect said he had not been to the Auburn campus. “The coaching staff was great to me,” he said. “They made feel like I was at home. I will probably visit again tomorrow and check out some more things.”
The MVP at the Nike Camp in Miami this year, he also attended The Opening in Oregon this summer.
Asked why he is such a productive linebacker, Coney said, “I work hard every day and I try to make everyone around me better. My coaches make sure I am working hard. Even though I am going to college next year, they make sure I put one hundred percent into every day. They coach me up and get me better and I just pray every day I get better.”