Auburn head basketball coach Bruce Pearl continues to recruit at an elite level and he was at it again on Thursday night. That is when class of 2018 five-star power forward E.J. Montgomery decided to end his recruitment and offer up a verbal pledge to play for the Tigers.
Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com was the first to report the news.
Bruce Pearl and Auburn just landed the No. 23 player in Class of 2018 — 4-man E.J. Montgomery. Has 3 Top 75 players committed in ’17 class.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) September 23, 2016
Montgomery, a 6’10”, 200-pound power forward Marietta, Georgia (Wheeler High School), is universally regarded as a five-star recruit. Scout.com ranks him as the No. 11 overall recruit in the 2018 class and the sixth-best power forward in the country. The site also regards him as the third-best power forward in the south and the best power forward in the state of Georgia.
More on his game from Brian Snow of Scout.com:
“EJ brings a strong combination of size, skill and athleticism to Auburn,” Scout analyst Brian Snow said. “He is one of the most naturally gifted players in this class and his upside is huge. The question is can he get his motor running consistently, if he does Auburn is getting one of the best 2018 prospects.”
Per 247Sports, Montgomery chose the Tigers after holding offers from the likes of Baylor, Miami, UCLA and North Carolina State.
This is the first class of 2018 commit for Pearl.
Pearl is already off to a tremendous start in regards to his 2017 recruiting haul. 247Sports currently has the Tigers with having the best class in the country that includes one five-star recruit (power forward Austin Wiley) and two four-star recruits (point guard Davion Mitchell and small forward Chuma Okeke).