When Josh Casher committed to Auburn in March, he anticipated lining up against Alabama on an annual basis. Instead, the 4-star prospect has joined forces with the Crimson Tide, a decision he made official on Tuesday evening, according to AL.com writer Matt Scalici.
Casher created a verbal pact with head coach Nick Saban and the two-time defending national champions, adding to a 2014 recruiting class already stockpiled with elite offensive line talent. The 6'1", 300-pound standout from St. Paul's Episcopal School (Mobile, Ala.) is listed as the nation's No. 2 center prospect in 247Sports composite rankings.
Josh Casher commitment bolsters elite OL class for Alabama http://t.co/VS6gI6X9ty— Matt Scalici (@MattScalici) October 30, 2013
Alabama already holds a commitment from J.C. Hassenauer (St. Paul, Minn.), the country's top-ranked center recruit. The Crimson Tide's current situation at center features sophomore Ryan Kelly, who played nine games in 2012 as a redshirt freshman, and junior Chad Lindsay.
Casher's commitment comes more than a month after he visited Tuscaloosa for the team's matchup with Ole Miss. He paid one last visit to Auburn on Oct. 26, when the Tigers hosted Florida Atlantic, according to 247Sports.
Casher decommited from Auburn on July 22. His other offers included Kentucky, Miami, Florida State and Florida.
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He becomes the 22nd committed member of Alabama's 2014 recruiting class, which is ranked No. 1 in the nation by 247Sports. The Crimson Tide have loaded up on top-tier linemen.
Aside from Casher and Hassenauer, Saban has collected commitments from 4-star guard Viane Talamaivao (Corona, Calif.), 4-star tackle Ross Pierschbacher (Cedar Falls, Iowa) and 3-star guard Montel McBride (Plant City, Fla.).
Offensive tackle Cameron Robinson (Monroe, La.) is the crown jewel of this loaded class. The 5-star recruit is considered the nation's No. 1 overall prospect in 247Sports composite rankings.
Casher's decision to choose the Crimson Tide over Auburn is simply another case of the rich getting richer.