There are already people posting info showing Auburn did recruit during that period. For example, a whole AOT squad including 4 and 5 stars on campus February 2018 as evidenced by pictures of them posted by AOT themselves.
The only way the cow college could find success in basketball is to hire a SleazeBall like Bruce. Before Pearl arrived the Barn had 2 winning season out of 10 years with Lebo and Barbee with Bruce adding losing seasons in both his 1st two years. No risk in hiring Pearl.........we'll maybe not.