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Auburn lands second four-star

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Because of the show cause penalty that the NCAA slapped on him for his role in violations at Tennessee, new Auburn coach Bruce Pearl wasn't allowed any contact with recruits until Sunday the 24th. He met with his first recruit at 12:01 AM and the result was the Tigers second four-star commitment of the weekend.
Making an official visit to Auburn, 6-foot-8 power forward Horace Spencer of Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep was the first player to meet or speak with Pearl and he offered up a commitment shortly after meeting him.
Currently ranked No. 73 -- but slated to move up a bit during Tuesday's rankings update -- in the 2015 Rivals150, Spencer is no doubt a huge score for Pearl and his staff.
One of the more athletic frontcourt players in the country, Spencer is an energetic and bouncy big man who loves to attack the glass. He grabs rebounds at their highest points and secures them with strong hands. Spencer also runs the floor very well, is a tough defender, plays with great energy and is one of those guys who tries to dunk everything that he possibly can.
Basically, Spencer is exactly the type of big man that Pearl covets and he will thrive in the up and down style that the Tigers should play.
While he plays with tremendous energy most of the time, Spencer does have some short spells where he loses focus and he does need to improve his overall skill level. But, the four-star prospect has plenty of natural tools to work with.
A native of the Philadelphia area, Spencer was targeted and recruited aggressively by assistant coach Harris Adler who used the connections he developed as an assistant over the last 10 years at La Salle.
It was certainly great recruiting weekend by Pearl and his staff at Auburn. Things got started off with a bang on Friday night when four-star combo forward Danjel Purifoy committed and then ended in style with Spencer's Sunday commitment.
Eric Bossi is the national basketball recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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