Joshua Casher Decommits from Auburn: Is Alabama Now Favorite to Land 4-Star?

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIJuly 23, 2013

Joshua Casher is the No. 1 center recruit, according to the 247Sports composite rankings, so he'll go down as a massive loss for Gus Malzahn and Auburn.

According to a report from Justin Hokanson of, Casher has decommitted:

I decommitted," Casher said. "I felt like it was the right thing to do to call them and tell them how I felt about the situation. I talked to Coach Malzahn. I think he was shocked, but I had to do it for me and I think it's the right thing for me to do.

"I needed to do the thing that's right for me. It's not right for me to be playing games with a school and them believe I'm 100 percent if I'm not. I think calling Coach Malzahn was the right thing to do."

Casher went on to say this about Auburn, per Hokanson's report:

I still respect and love Auburn as a school. I have no harsh feelings towards Auburn. I think it's an amazing school and one of my favorite schools. I just felt like I was too early to commit and I wasn't expecting to be so overwhelmed.

Right now, I don't need to be committed anywhere. I wouldn't say Auburn isn't the best place for me, but I have to explore my options. I don't think I did that before I committed to Auburn.

The 4-star center recently visited Alabama on June 15, per his 247Sports timeline, and Hokanson did say the Crimson Tide are "perceived to be the favorite to land Casher." To that point, 100 percent of the experts in Casher's 247Sports Crystal Ball have predicted Alabama.

Is Alabama now the favorite for Casher? He denies that thought, per Hokanson:

I don't have a favorite, I really don't. People say Alabama is where you're going to go, but there are other places that I want to visit and there's schools that have offered me that I haven't ever visited. Texas A&M, Florida, USC -- schools I haven't ever visited because I've been committed.

It seems pretty cut and dry that Casher is just not ready to make a commitment of any kind at this time.

Frankly, who could blame him? He's one of the best players in the nation and he's making a decision that will not only impact the next chapter of his life but potentially the rest of his life. He has to factor in education, but his football career is on the line as well.

That's a lot to take in for a high school kid, so taking a step back and re-evaluating is probably the smart thing to do.

It's bad news for Auburn, but the Tigers will be OK. Malzahn and his staff have been great on the recruiting trail, so they'll make up for it.

Contrary to popular belief though, bad news for Auburn is not automatically good news for Alabama. 

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