Head coach Bruce Pearl has been progressively making Auburn a common destination for top-30, five-star recruits. After landing five-star prospect Mustapha Heron for the Class of 2016, and then top-20 power forward Austin Wiley for the Class of 2017, the Tigers have now gotten a head start in their Class of 2018 recruiting, this time landing five-star big E.J. Montgomery — a 6-10 junior center hooping at Wheeler HS in Georgia. The junior big, who’s ranked among the top-25 prospects in the Class of 2018, announced his decision on Twitter on Thursday night.

Montgomery averaged 9.8 points and 7.3 rebounds this past summer at the adidas Summer Championships in Las Vegas. Hooping with the Atlanta Celtics in the adidas Gaunlet youth travel circuit, he was one of the league’s top rebounders with 9.3 boards per outing. With only two seasons under his belt at Auburn, looks like Pearl has quickly made the Alabama school a viable destination for the nation’s cream of the crop.