Alabama notebook: Casher of St. Paul's picks Tide
by Marq Burnett
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Nick Saban says he's not ready to join Twitter. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
Nick Saban says he's not ready to join Twitter. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
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TUSCALOOSA -- St. Paul's offensive lineman Josh Casher has committed to Alabama, according to multiple online recruiting websites.

Casher stands 6-foot-1 and 300 pounds and is rated a four-star prospect by Rivals.com, which also lists him as the No. 2 center nationally. He has played offensive tackle for St. Paul's, but is expected to play center in college.

He originally committed to Auburn but reopened recruiting in the summer.

Cahser is the 22nd commitment for Alabama's recruiting class of 2014.

SABAN SAYS NO TO TWITTER: If there was ever any doubt, Alabama coach Nick Saban put to rest any possibility of him ever joining Twitter.

“I've never considered joining Twitter, nor do I know why anybody would,” Saban said. “There's a lot of people that do, and I guess that I'm one of the ones in the minority.”

Of the 14 SEC coaches, 12 have Twitter accounts that have been verified as belonging to them. Only Saban and South Carolina's Steve Spurrier have no readily identifiable Twitter account.

While he may not personally be a fan, Saban said he nor the team bans players from having Twitter or other forms of social media, but it is monitored.

“We do monitor those players that have Twitter, because we have a rule that you're really not supposed to put any information out about our team, things that are internal to our family,” Saban said. “And we don't want any guy here not to create positive value in himself and his image with anything he might put on social media.”

But Tide linebacker C.J. Mosley isn’t sold on Saban not having a Twitter account, possibly under another name.

“He claims he don’t have one, but he probably does,” Mosley said, jokingly.

MCCARRON RECOGNIZED: Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron may finally be getting the national recognition fans feel he deserves.

McCarron was named one of 16 semifinalists for the Maxwell Award, which goes to the collegiate player of the year. McCarron was also a semifinalist last season when Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o won the award.

McCarron has completed 145 of 209 (69.4 percent) passes for 1,862 yards and 16 touchdowns to just three interceptions.

“He’s always represented the program externally in a first class way whether it’s community service, whether it’s helping other people, whether it's his image and how he’s reflected the principles and values of the organization, I think have been stellar,” Saban said.

C.J. MOSLEY HONORED: Add another honor to Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley's resume.

After being named a semifinalist for the Butkus Award on Monday, Mosley was named one of 16 semifinalists for the Bednarik Award, which goes to the nation's most outstanding defensive player.

Mosley leads the team with 59 tackles and 5.5 tackles for loss.

“He does a great job of taking the responsibility of making all the calls on defense, setting the defense for us,” Saban said. “His production and his performance has been phenomenal, actually. You can't find a better person. He's a great student. You couldn't ask for a better representative of the team, the university, his family. Just a great person all the way around.”

INJURY UPDATE: Tide cornerback Deion Belue has battled nagging hamstring and toe injuries since spring practice. Belue’s toe continues to bother him, and he was limited during Tuesday’s practice.

“Deion Belue was in a black jersey today, didn’t do much in practice,” Saban said. “That’s really by our choice. This injury that he’s had to his toe has been lingering. Maybe an extra day or two’s rest might help him heal up a little bit and maybe he can sustain a little bit better when we come back.”

Saban said running back Jalston Fowler (concussion) and nose tackle Brandon Ivory (medical issues) are both fine.
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