June 11, 2011

2013 in-state LB enjoys camp

Huntsville High School standout Cameron Toney enjoyed his experience during the University of Alabama's football camp this past week.

Toney, a 2013 linebacker, said attending the Crimson Tide's camp taught him valuable skills he plans to use in the fall.

"Alabama is Alabama," Toney said. "The camp was fast paced and went pretty good. The drills and stuff wasn't new to me, just the speed. I got to make some new friends, too. I met Ryan Anderson and Tyler Hayes (who are both already committed to Alabama)."

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound linebacker said working with UA assistant coach Kirby Smart on the Mike linebacker position was "the best."

"I worked with Coach Smart all day," Toney said. "He taught me how to hand check and how to steer the guy where I want him to go. It really made a difference. I really liked the 7-on-7 drill because I got to show my new skills. The Mike linebacker is great for me because I'm good at leading and you can see everything on the field."

Saban talked with Toney after the camp.

"He told me that I did a pretty good job," Toney said. "He said that he was really interested in me, and for me to work hard on and off the field."

In addition to football, Toney also has plans to attend an AAU basketball camp in Tennessee during the summer. However, he said that football is still his first priority.

"I've always liked playing basketball," Toney said. "I play basketball, but I know football needs to be first for me."

Toney plans to return to Tuscaloosa next month for the next Alabama football camp. The in-state star feels confident that Alabama is the place for him.

"My mom is a big Alabama fan, and my dad is a big Roll Tide fan, too," Toney said. "I'd be happy playing for Alabama."

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