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Tuesday, July 23, 2013
No. 1 center decommits from Auburn

By Greg Ostendorf

Auburn had been on a roll recently with five commitments in the last week, but the Tigers lost a big commitment on Monday night when ESPN 300 center Josh Casher (Mobile, Ala./St. Paul’s) reopened his recruitment. He first committed to Auburn at the end of March.

“I decided to do it because I just wanted to start my recruiting over again,” Casher said. “I didn’t think it was fair to me or to Auburn for me to be acting like I was all the way committed there when I knew deep down I wasn’t. I just think that I owe it to myself to be able to explore other schools, go and visit and stuff like that.”

When Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn first heard the news, Casher said the coach was pretty stunned. But the in-state prospect still has a great deal of respect for the program and has no plans to eliminate them from consideration.

At the time of Casher’s commitment, both Alabama and Florida State were at the top of his list along with Auburn, but he wants to start the process over with no real favorites.

“There are a lot of schools I can say that I’m very interested in,” Casher said. “I can’t say there’s a school that’s like my favorite or at the top. Throughout the football season, I’m probably going to visit different schools just to see each school and watch some of the football games.

“I think Alabama will be one of the schools that I look at, but I wouldn’t say I’m favoring them or anything.”

Casher plans to wait until after his senior season to take all of his official visits. He says a decision might not come until close to or possibly on signing day.

The other question being asked is how Casher’s decommitment affects his high school teammate Tre' Williams (Mobile, Ala./St. Paul’s), an ESPN 300 linebacker who is also committed to Auburn. The two discussed the decision before it went public.

“[Tre] is still very firm to Auburn,” Casher said. “I told him about my decision, and he was very supportive about it. I thank God that I have him as a friend. We talked about it, and he said, ‘You have to do what’s best for you.’ I really think that brought us closer together.”

With the first game less than a month away, Casher wants to turn his attention to Williams and the rest of his teammates at St. Paul’s.

“Out of all this, that’s probably my primary focus,” he said. “I have a big senior year, and I want my senior year to be my best year. I just want to help my team out, let my teammates know that even though I’m going through the decommitment process, that they come first. I just want to bust my butt for them and get ready for the season.”

Casher is the nation’s top center prospect and is the No. 10 prospect in Alabama.