Casher "Closer To Auburn" Following Big Cat

Talented offensive line commitment Josh Casher discusses Big Cat Weekend and why he feels closer to Auburn following his most recent visit.

Mobile, Ala.—Already an Auburn commitment, big offensive lineman Joshua Casher was one of two dozen prospects on hand for Big Cat Weekend on the Plains last weekend. Getting an opportunity to mingle with his fellow commitments and other talented prospects as well as talking with coaches and playing games, the future Auburn center says everything about the trip was perfect in his mind.

"I had an amazing time," Casher tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I had a lot of fun. It was very interactive with the players and coaches. I really had a great time. I believe all of the players had a really good time.

"I got to talk to a lot of players I haven't talked to before," he points out. "I also was able to just enjoy myself and having my family there and getting to know the coaches very well."

Choosing Auburn over Florida, Florida State, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt and several others back in late March, the 6-1, 297 Casher was offered soon after by Alabama. Rated the number four center prospect in the country by and headed to the Under Armour All-American Game following his senior season along with teammate Tre Williams, Casher says his trip for Big Cat Weekend only strengthened his feelings for the Tigers.

"This trip really brought me closer to Auburn," he says. "I could see the sincerity of how badly they need me to come there and how much Coach Grimes needs me. Coach Malzahn was probably the greatest interest for me. He was just like a high school coach. We were able to talk. It was kind of funny at one point because it was my family and his family.

"All of the sudden everyone went into their own conversations talking with Coach Malzahn and I was talking with his wife. They were talking to Coach Craig and my mom was talking with Coach Malzahn again. It was just like a normal conversation. Everybody was just having a good time. There wasn't anything about it that was recruiting. It was just family-like. We just had a good time talking. It was amazing."

Making the trip to Auburn along with Williams, his younger brother Darius Whitfield, fellow Mobile commitments DeShaun Davis and Justin Thornton, and meeting many more new friends while in town, Casher says the interaction with the coaches and other players on hand for Big Cat Weekend was one of his favorite things about the visit.

That carried over into Saturday night as the Mobile group along with Prattville running back Kamryn Pettway remained in Auburn to hang out and get a feel for what it will be like to live on the Plains beginning next fall. Saying the group had a "blast" just spending time together, Casher notes it was when they decided to look for food that it really hit him how much Auburn was already becoming like a second home.

"It brought me closer to Auburn it really did," Casher says. "I want to take more visits during my senior year to enjoy recruiting, but the trip definitely brought me closer to Auburn. I really just enjoy the school. When we were staying overnight all of us went out to McDonald's and I was just walking around the campus. Just the peacefulness and the whole feeling you get being on campus made me think I could really get used to that."

Getting ready for a busy summer before he takes the field in the fall for St. Paul's as they look for the Class 5A state title, Casher says until then he'll continue to work hard and try to get ready for a big final year with the Saints. After that it will be time to make his next move, one he's already looking forward to.

"My message for the Auburn fans is War Eagle," Casher says. "I had a great time up there and y'all showed me a lot of love."

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