Purifoy’s commitment to the Tigers came roughly twenty-four hours before Pearl’s three-year show-cause penalty expires (Saturday night). Starting at midnight on Aug. 24, Pearl will be able to have any communication with with potential recruits since he accepted the Auburn job in March.
"Tony Jones and Chuck Person have done a great job," said Winfred Jordan, Purifoy's AAU coach at ATL Xpress. " They've done a great job of recruiting him. Jones has been with Bruce previously and he knows him better than anybody."
The 6-foot-6, 195-pound prospect pledged his commitment to the Tigers while in New York City for the Under Armour Elite 24 dunk contest. He selected Auburn over Alabama, Maryland , UAB, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, and Tennessee.
Purifoy , from Centerville, Ala.., is the highest rated- high school recruit to commit to Auburn since Peal to over the program.
Purifoy, a consensus four-star recruit, is a strong, athletic slasher with a quick first step. He has the ability to play multiple positions and rebounds the ball well. However, his speciality is getting in transition and scoring the basketball.
Last season, Purifoy averaged averaged 17.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per game for Bibb County (Ala.) but decided to transfer to Hargrave Military Academy for his senior season.
While Pearl will be able to go on recruiting trips starting Sunday morning, he will spend the day at Auburn welcoming four-star recruit Horace Spencer, who will begin his visit on Sunday morning, and hosting Auburn’s Elite Camp. The names have not been released for the camp, according to CBS’ Jeff Borzello, but multiple of the Tigers’ recruiting targets in 2015, 2016 and 2017 are expected to be in attendance this weekend.
Spencer (Warminster, Penns.), a 6-foot-8 power forward from Findlay Prep (Nev.), is one of Auburn's top targets in the 2015 class. Spencer is an athletic, high energy player who runs the floor extremely well. He is a defensive force due to his shot-blocking and rebounding prowess.
Spencer is also considering West Virginia, UNLV, Seton Hall, Cincinnati and Georgia.
Other recruits Pearl is targeting include five-star prospect Dwane Bacon, consensus top-40 prospect Derrick Jones (Philadelphia, Penns./Archbishop John Carroll) , guard Wendall Mitchell (Rockdale, Texas/Rockdale), Kaiser Gates (Alpharetta, Ga./St. Francis), New Williams (Santa Monica, Calif.), Jacob Evans (Baton Rouge, La./ St. Michaels) and junior college guard T.J.Dunans (Columbia State).
"I'm looking forward to finally talking to him," Spencer told CBSSports.com on Aug. 22. "And I want to hear what he has to say about my recruitment, too."
Pearl, 54, was fired from the University of Tennessee for lying to the NCAA about recruiting violations committed by his program. He has a career record of 462-145 in 18 seasons as a head coach at Tennessee, UW-Milwaukee and D-II Southern Indiana.