- Greg Ostendorf, ESPN Staff Writer
MOBILE, Ala. -- Although he’s just a sophomore, Tre Williams gets a lot of the attention at St. Paul’s Episcopal School in Mobile, and for good reason. He already has four offers from high-profile schools, including the University of Alabama.
Soon, he won’t be the only 2014 prospect to be getting recognition from the school.
St. Paul’s offensive lineman Josh Casher has already been receiving plenty of interest from Alabama, Auburn and LSU, among others. He doesn’t have any offers yet, but it should only be a matter of time before he receives his first.
“For me, I don’t really pay too much attention to things like that,” Casher said. “I just try to work hard and do what coach asks me to do.”
Casher visited UA and LSU last fall for games, and he also attended a camp at Auburn last summer. Out of all the schools he’s been hearing from, those three SEC West powers are at the top of his list.
Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban stopped by his school recently, and the visit made quite an impression on Casher, even though the two could only share a quick greeting. In general, Casher is impressed with how the UA head coach runs his program.
“The one thing I love the most about Alabama is the competition and the competitiveness,” Casher said. “The coach, he’s not going to play whom he likes, he’s going to play the best person that steps on the field.
“I want to be able to go to a school where I don’t just get by because the coach may think I’m good. I want to be able to compete and prove to everyone else and to myself that I can do this, I can start at probably the top-notch school in the country.”
Casher, who stands at 6-foot, 281 pounds, played offensive tackle the last two years, but St. Paul’s head coach Steve Mask plans to move him inside to guard this year where he projects better at the next level.
“He’s been an offensive player the last two years, an offensive tackle, and if you look at his highlight tape, you’ll see a lot of explosive blocks,” Mask said. “He’s not going to be tall enough to play tackle in college, but he can possibly be a center or a guard.
“A lot of people are projecting, based on the ability they’ve seen and the explosion on his highlight tape, he could be a nose guard or a defensive tackle.”
Regardless of where he best projects at the next level, Mask believes Casher will see his recruitment take off by the end of his junior year.
“I’ll be shocked that by the end of this year he’s not getting a lot of big-time attention.”
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