It figures, right? Alabama has two of the top offensive tackle recruits coming aboard this year in Cameron Robinson and Ross Pierschbacher. And big shock here: A team only needs one center, but the Crimson Tide have the nation’s top two center prospects in J.C. Hassenauer and Joshua Casher–a former Auburn commit who flipped to ‘Bama.
Obviously, any talented center could shift over to guard or elsewhere, but for now–they’re considered center prospects. Of course, Barrett Jones played a lot of different positions on the line for Alabama in his all-american career.
Here’s a look at the top four centers–high school prospects only–who are coming to the SEC with the signing class of 2014.
Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the 247Sports.com composite rankings for high school prospects.
1. J.C. Hassenauer–Alabama
- East Ridge (St. Paul, Minn.), 6-3/295
- The skinny: You have to love the way Alabama recruits. If the Crimson Tide staff has to go to the frigid northern reaches of Big Ten territory to get talent, they’ll do it. That’s the case with Hassenauer, the No. 1 center in the nation. He and next door neighbor Ross Pierschbacher–an Iowa native and fellow elite Alabama commit on the line–are going to be cornerstones of the future for the Crimson Tide. Hassenauer is smart, and talented–just what Bama needs.
2. Joshua Casher–Alabama
- St. Pauls Episcopal (Mobile, Ala.), 6-1/300
- The skinny: Casher was committed to Auburn until the summer … stepped back from his commitment to the Tigers, and then committed to the Crimson Tide in October. He is a true talent, a true road grader in the run game and can move. He had half of the SEC after him–a true compliment.
3. Coleman Thomas–Tennessee
- Fort Chiswell (Max Meadows, Va.), 6-6/300
- The skinny: Thomas had a nice list of BCS schools after him, especially from adjacent states to his home-state Virginia. He’s a big guy, and definitely capable of playing other positions on the line, but Thomas is one of those special additions to the Vols class of 33 players.
4. Jervontius Stallings–Kentucky
- Spain Park (Birmingham, Ala.), 6-3/305
- The skinny: Stallings’ stock rose exponentially after the fall, and he was a Mississippi State-Kentucky battle until the final few days before national signing day. The Alabama native was a nice late addition for the Wildcats.
Top 5 signees broken down by position:
- Dual-Threat Quarterbacks
- Pro-Style Quarterbacks
- Running Backs
- All-Purpose Running Backs
- Wide Receivers
- Tight Ends
- Offensive Tackles
- Offensive Guards
- Offensive Centers
- Weak-Side Defensive Ends
- Strong-Side Defensive Ends
- Defensive Tackles
- Inside Linebackers
- Outside Linebackers