Joshua Casher is a 3-star center recruit from Mobile, Alabama, and he's currently committed to the Auburn Tigers.
The world of college football recruiting is often times very unpredictable, though, and a commitment can be shaken up by one single offer, especially if that offer comes from Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide.
According to a report via Greg Ostendorf of ESPN.com, a recent offer from the Crimson Tide has the center feeling pretty good.
Recently, Casher made a verbal commitment to Auburn. Were the Crimson Tide too late? Maybe not. This week, they offered the in-state prospect.
“I was very appreciative of the offer,” he said. “I was very happy to get it. That is one of the schools that I really like. They were in my top three. My favorite schools were Auburn, Alabama and Florida State, so I was happy to get the offer. I plan on going up there and visiting.
Ostendorf also reports that even though he's committed, Cahser's commitment is not final:
Just as Alabama has always been interested in Casher, he has always had interest in the Tide. Despite his commitment to Auburn last month, the top center prospect still plans to look at other schools, specifically Alabama.
“I made a commitment to Auburn,” he said. “I like Auburn a whole lot, but I’m just really riding it out. I’m just going to enjoy recruiting and everything like that. Just because I committed to Auburn, it doesn’t mean I’m just going to stop and not go on any trips or anything.
This doesn't necessarily sound like a vote of confidence for the Tigers, and even though Gus Malzahn and his staff have proven themselves to be excellent recruiters in the short time period since taking over the program—it's going to be tough to duke it out with Saban and his crew if it comes down to it.
Alabama offers the most unique draw in college football right now, and that's a championship prestige and potential that's unparalleled. There are programs that look like they could compete for a title, but we know without a shadow of a doubt that Saban and the Crimson Tide can compete, and win.
If you don't think that winning three out of the last four BCS championship games is a huge selling point with recruits, than you're either incredibly naive or you're just in denial about how good Alabama is right now.
Saban has built a modern-day dynasty, and the Crimson Tide will continue to dominate on the field until further notice.
Much of the reason for that is because Saban and his staff dominate with 5-stars and highly ranked 4-stars on the recruiting trail, and that creates a cycle of winning. Once one elite player leaves, another one steps up to take his place—hungry and ready to win his own crystal ball.
Malzahn will have Auburn back at a competitive level soon enough, but he won't be able to get the Tigers on Alabama's level anytime soon.
Casher is the No. 2 center in the 2014 class according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings. He's a highly ranked center recruit and a big in-state recruit for both programs. He doesn't seem sold on Auburn just yet, but he appears to be very intrigued by Alabama now that the Crimson Tide have offered him a scholarship.
It's tough to read his quotes and come away with any other conclusion...
Elite recruits often times want to play for elite programs. Auburn's not there right now, but the Crimson Tide certainly qualify—and that's the Alabama difference.