Josh Casher and Tre Williams headlined the signing day ceremony at St. Paul’s Wednesday, February 5. Casher, an offensive lineman, chose Alabama, while Williams made things official with Auburn.
Williams is a five-star linebacker, while Casher is a three-star center.
“I think both of them will have immediate impacts at the university they’re going to,” said Saints head football coach Steve Mask. “Josh [Casher]might be in a situation where Alabama might redshirt him, because he’s offensive line, but he’ll definitely be a big-time player for Alabama. And Tre has a chance to walk in right away and play a lot of inside linebacker for Auburn.”
Tre has been committed to Auburn since last May, an effort to avoid distractions during his senior season.
Auburn coaches are telling him the best backers will start, regardless of age.
“I was just extremely comfortable; it felt like a big family,” Williams said. “Everybody there is cool, I felt more welcome as a student than a football player, and that was most important in this decision.”
During his Tuscaloosa visit, Casher got to work with Bama offensive line coach Mario Cristobal.
He liked what he saw, and took part in.
“[Coach Cristobal] had all of us offensive lineman who were already committed, and so we were in there going through plays and- it was so funny- we were knocking those plays down just like that, and making calls already before we even got there- just learning a little bit of it,” Casher said. “I thought that was great.”
On the St. Paul’s campus, great friends were turned teammates.
Well Wednesday, they were turned bitter rivals.
Maybe it’s still too early to call them enemies, but ‘frenemies,’ maybe?
“Ah, frenemies, yeah,” Casher joked. “That’s going to be crazy, playing in the Iron Bowl together.”
“He’s been an enemy since day one,” Williams said laughing. “He plays offensive line and I play linebacker. We go against each other every day in practice, and I like the competition. He’s a great player, but then again it’s not going to change. I’m still going to dominate him in college so it’s not going to matter.”
Friendly or not, Coach Mask looks forward to seeing both of them in Jordan-Hare and Bryant-Denny Stadiums.
“They’ve had some battles already being on opposite sides of the ball most of the year, so it’s going to be a lot of fun to watch on the big-time stage,” Mask said.