The Auburn Tigers closed pretty well on National Signing Day 2013. Considering the fact that their class was absolutely decimated when former head coach Gene Chizik was fired last November, new coach Gus Malzahn did a fantastic job of keeping most of the class in tact while sprinkling in a few of his own prospects.
So far for the 2014 class? A little bit of a different story — so far.
Prior to Easter Sunday, the Tigers, well known as major players in the recruiting industry, had merely one verbal commitment in running back Kamryn Pettway. Well, now they’ve now doubled that.
Malzahn and co. received some excellent news over the holiday weekend when center Josh Casher gave his verbal commitment to play for the Tigers. The 6-foot-1, 300-pound center is choosing the Tigers over Florida State and Florida.
The center position is one of the most important in the game, albeit one of the least glamorous. After all, the center is essentially the quarterback of the offensive line. A good center reads the defensive front before the snap, and makes proper blocking adjustments for his fellow linemen and the backs.
Not only does the center have to be very intelligent, but he has to be strong enough to take on gigantic nose guards and quick enough to pull and trap.
The Tigers are getting a good one with Casher, who rivals.com ranks as the second-best center in the country. Casher has actually spent most of his time at St. Paul’s Episcopal School (Mobile, AL) playing tackle and guard, but is willing to move even further inside for the next level.
He’s certainly got the attributes to play the position at an elite level. He’s strong as an ox and incredibly physical at the point of attack. Plus he’s a heady, instinctive player.
This isn’t a splashy commitment. Rarely do most fans get excited when their team either picks up an elite center in recruiting or when their team drafts a center in the first round of the NFL Draft, but this actually is a big commitment. Not splashy, but crucial.