AU The "Perfect Fit" For Newest Commitment

Auburn added its first offensive line commitment for the 2014 class from talented Mobile lineman Joshua Casher from St. Paul's.

Mobile, Ala.—Looking to bolster the interior offensive line down the road, Auburn Coach Gus Malzahn, offensive line coach J.B. Grimes and co-coordinator Dameyune Craig added a big piece of the puzzle for the 2014 class on Sunday night as St. Paul's standout Joshua Casher committed to the Tigers over Florida State, Florida, Vanderbilt, Texas Tech and several other schools.

Rated a three-star prospect as a guard by Scout.com, Casher is expected to play center for the Tigers when he arrives on the Plains. A very good student with a 3.9 GPA, the 6-1, 297-pounder says it took a trip to one of his other schools over the weekend to make his realize Auburn was the place for him.

"Yesterday I visited Florida State because Auburn and Florida State were my two favorite schools," Casher tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I talked to the coaches there and everything, but on my way home I knew I needed to go ahead and make my decision. I got up this morning and said, ‘I like Auburn and I can't see myself being away from it.'

"Auburn is just a great school for me," he adds. "I can see myself growing in all types of ways--physically, mentally and spiritually. On top of that I love the SEC. That played a big role in it too. Being 6-1 I feel like I have a chip on my shoulder because I feel like I can play in the SEC. Now I'm going to do it and I want to be the best offensive lineman I can be."

Playing offensive tackle for the Saints the last two seasons after starting high school as a defensive lineman, Casher is a physical player who Coach Steve Mask predcits will have no problems transitioning his game to the center position. If enthusiasm counts for anything then Casher is already well on his way.

"I'm ecstatic about playing center," Casher says. "When I come in there I'm going to be on the ball. I'm going to be ready to play. I'm not coming in there just to learn half a year, I want to get on the field so I can help lead Auburn to a National Championship."

With Grimes heading into his first season at Auburn coaching the offensive line, this recruiting class will be an important one for him after signing just two players in 2013. A veteran coach who is known as an old-school teacher on the field, Grimes has already made an impression on Casher and the upcoming senior says he's looking forward to getting to know him even more.

"I really enjoyed meeting Coach Grimes," Casher says. "We have a good relationship. I feel like he's going to be a coach that I can talk to and I can get to know. I think I can be a great player for him."

A man of his word, Casher says that once he makes up his mind that is it for his recruiting and he's happy that Auburn is going to be his future home. With the tough part out of the way now he says he can just concentrate on improving his game on the field and getting ready for his chance to put on the orange and blue next fall.

"Auburn is literally the perfect fit for me because I like how you can grow in different ways there," Casher says. "You can meet people and everybody is friendly. You can get along with people there and the players are really nice.

"I feel like Auburn has something to prove and when that is the case you're willing to go that extra mile and willing to fight for it. That's the type of player I am. Those are the type of people I want to be around."

The model student-athlete according to Mask and the teachers at St. Paul's, Casher says he's excited about this season's team with talented linebacker Tre Williams leading things on the defensive side of the ball. Once that's done he'll turn his full attention to getting ready to play at Auburn and he believes it's going to be a fun ride down the road for the Tigers.

"We will be back to the National Championship," Casher says. "You will never find a player that is going to work as hard and bust his butt as much as I am. Our goal is a National Championship and we will get it, mark my word."


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