The Auburn Tigers were near the center of the FBI arrests this week. As expected, now major fallout is being felt elsewhere in the program, as 5-star prospect EJ Montgomery has decided to take back his commitment to the university.
“We are going to open EJ’s recruitment back up,” EJ Montgomery’s father told SCOUT. “He hasn’t really gone through the process of being recruited and he wants to experience that.”
A top-20 talent in the 2018 recruiting class, Montgomery deciding to not hang around for the NCAA’s show of force, whenever it decides to do that, is probably a logical move. After all, if the governing body of college sports starts wielding that hammer, it will likely do so without regard for any one program’s well-being.
“We are just going to open it up and see who comes and kind of go from there,” Montgomery Sr., added.
This is just going to be one of the many direct aftermaths of the entire FBI arrests from this week. As more coaches names get linked, as well as more reports surfacing about who knew what, many high school players in the country will likely reconsider their decisions.
It will also be interesting to see how the NCAA handles talent that signed National Letters of Intent. Will they relinquish any accountability a player would usually have after signing those, as to be free to trot about the realm of college basketball as need be, or will it be business as usual?
Nevertheless, college basketball is different today than it was just a few hours ago.