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In his first day of recruiting, Bruce Pearl lands Auburn a four-star forward

Aug 24, 2014, 1:31 PM EDT

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In the first day he was allowed to recruit following a three-year NCAA show-cause, Bruce Pearl made quick work on the recruiting trail on Sunday as the new Tigers head coach landed four-star forward Horace Spencer. The news of Spencer’s commitment was first reported by Adam Zagoria of Zags Blog.

Pearl met with Spencer at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday morning, right as the Auburn coach’s penalty that forced him to not call recruits, coaches or parents was lifted. Spencer was on an official visit to Auburn and a lot of credit is certainly due to Auburn’s assistant coaches, who helped Pearl recruit when he couldn’t make contact with players.

The 6-foot-8 Spencer attends basketball powerhouse Findlay Prep and is a major grab for Auburn. The No. 73 prospect in the 2015 class, according to Rivals, is a good athlete with a high-running motor who should fit in well with Pearl’s system.

The commitment of Spencer gives Auburn two four-star commitments on the week as four-star wing forward Danjel Purifoy committed on Friday.

  1. barkleyblows - Aug 24, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    How much did he pay him?

  2. tigers182 - Aug 24, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    I’m sure this transaction was on the up-and-up. Bruce Pearl is as clean as John Calipari.

  3. titansbro - Aug 24, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    Pearl isn’t like Cal. His only infractions have been calling recruits too much & lying about it. He did some dumb stuff but really got the shaft over it. But he’s a good recruiter & good coach. He will have Auburn in a good spot very soon. What has UT done since he left?

  4. klinickal - Aug 29, 2014 at 8:19 AM

    I seriously doubt it was his FIRST day of recruiting those players unless he has the pied piper’s flute! I am sure some loop hole was exasperated in the build up to contact.

    Either that or Pearl was able to tell these players something no other coach as saying for them to commit after the first convo. And it must have been something glorious.

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