Casher Impressive On And Off The Field

Impressive offensive line prospect Joshua Casher talks about his recruiting, how he got into football, talks about his favorites, and much more in this exclusive interview.

Mobile, Ala.—For big offensive lineman Joshua Casher, the position is one that he has grown to love since making the move early in his high school career at St. Paul's. Now one of the top players at his position in the state and with offers from schools such as Auburn, Florida and Florida State, Casher is just enjoying the ride as he prepares for spring practice with the Saints.

"All I can say is that I'm truly blessed to just have people in my life who work just as hard for me," the 6-1, 297 Casher tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "It's one thing to work hard on the field, but to have coaches behind me and family that fully supports me and teachers and everything, it's truly a blessing. All I can say is that God has been good to me. He put me in such a great predicament to be around such good people and an atmosphere. They push me. Even if I don't want to hear it sometimes they push me. It causes me to be a better person. It causes me to keep doing what I'm doing and never get the big head. It helps me stay focused on and on the right track."

Unlike many football prospects who grow up wanting to play in the NFL, Casher didn't always dream of success on the gridiron. In fact he says he always saw himself winding up in the medical field somewhere, but once the football bug bit him when he got to high school everything just fell into place.

"I always just thought of myself as being a doctor," Casher says. "I played football for one year in youth league because I was too big and couldn't play too much. In 7th grade I played in junior high and then I came to St. Paul's. When I started to learn more about the offensive line I started to love it. It's not a glorious position, but it's fun to play. You have to be smart and physical. There's so much that goes into it. Being at St. Paul's is when I found out how much I loved playing football and playing on the offensive line. I just love competing."

Joshua Casher

With a 3.9 GPA and dreams of being a doctor, it's no surprise that Casher enjoys the mental side of the game. Because of that he's especially excited about his possibilities down the road in the game of football. Currently an offensive tackle for Coach Steve Mask at St. Paul's, he's being recruited as a center by most of the teams on his list and he says that's just fine with him.

"That's what I love about it because it's such as mental game," Casher says. "You have to be so smart to play offensive line. I'm not discrediting defensive linemen, but it's not like you just hit a slant a go. You have to think hat placement, feet placement, pass set, having a good base, staying low. When you get into the rhythm of doing it, it all happens at the same time. It's fun. My greatest thing that makes me feel good when I'm blocking is to know that I got my assignment done and I helped do something to secure a win for my team. That's why I love the mental part of it.

"I always love in college football how the center goes up to the line and does all this pointing and calling this and that," he adds. "For that specific moment he's running the team. You have to listen to him. That's what I think is fun. They are telling everyone what to do and if he's not doing right that messes up everything. It is a lot of pressure, but I like it. I think it's going to be fun to play. I can't wait."

With nine offers at the moment, Casher says that he's currently looking strongly at just five schools with three of those out in front as he prepares to narrow things down even more heading into his senior season.

"My favorite teams right now are Auburn, Florida State and I really like Florida," Casher says. "I think Vanderbilt is a good school too. The more I check into them I think I'm really going to like them. I also like Texas Tech."

Making a recent visit to Auburn to spend time with Coach Gus Malzahn and the new staff, Casher notes that he really enjoyed sitting down with Coach J.B. Grimes and talking about the offensive line. An old school coach that preaches physicality, Casher adds that Grimes is just the kind of coach he's looking for to bring the most out of him on the next level.

"I really admire him after talking with Coach Grimes," Casher says. "I didn't know anything about him at first so when I met him it was meeting somebody new. You can tell that's he's genuine. One thing really stood out to me and that was when he said he doesn't want to coach anything else except the offensive line. He said the offensive line is his primary thing and that's what I love. I think he's a very good person and if I decide to go there he would be a very good coach for me."

With the possibility that he could make his decision before his senior year begins this fall, Casher says at the moment he's just focusing on learning as much as possible about each of his favorites while also preparing for spring practice. A smart prospect on and off the field, he says that once he makes up his mind and pulls the trigger than that's going to be the end of his recruiting.

"To be honest I really don't know when I'll make my decision," Casher says. "I really like those schools that I listed. I was talking to my coach and he said it wouldn't be bad to commit early. At this moment I don't know. I just have to continue to pray on it because when I do commit I'm not the type of player who will de-commit. I don't understand how athletes do that. Once I commit to something I'm done. That's where I want to be and don't come bothering me."

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