In a bit of surprise, Washington received a verbal commitment Sunday from Jontay Porter, who enters his sophomore year at Tolton Catholic High in Columbia, Mo. in the fall.

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In a bit of surprise, Washington received a verbal commitment Sunday from Jontay Porter, who enters his sophomore year at Tolton Catholic High in Columbia, Mo. in the fall.

Hardly anyone doubts if Porter, a 6-9 and 225-pound power forward, is destined to play in college. He’s the fourth oldest child in a prominent basketball family that includes seven hoops-hyped siblings.

His father Michael Porter Sr. is an assistant for the Missouri women’s team where his sisters Bri is a sophomore and Cierra is an incoming freshman. And his older brother Michael Porter Jr., a high school junior next season, is one of the most coveted prospects in the nation.

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Still, traditionally it’s uncommon for high school sophomores to make their college choice. However, prospects are younger than ever because schools are becoming increasingly aggressive in recruiting.

Porter, 15, is the first person to commit to UW’s 2018 class. He won’t be able to sign a binding letter of intent until 2017.

In an interview with Scout.com, Porter said his relationship with coach Lorenzo Romar played a role in his decision.

“No other place can give me what Lorenzo can give me,” Porter told Scout.com. “I have no idea if they are lying or anything – different coaches will lie about what they’ll give me – but I have a personal relationship with Lorenzo and he would never lie about what I will get there. And I like what I’ll get there.”

The ties between Romar and the Porters are tight.

Romar and Michael Porter Sr. are longtime friends and former Athletes in Action teammates. Romar was a part of Porter Sr.’s wedding and he’s the godfather to Porter Jr. The UW coach offered Porter Sr. a position on his staff this summer, but he declined and chose to remain at Missouri.

According to The Missourian, the Porters roomed at Romar’s house in June when Jontay made an unofficial visit to Washington.

Due to his grade classification, Jontay Porter, a raw lefty who displays inside and outside skills, is not yet ranked by the major scouting services.

However, his brother Michael, a 6-9 small forward, is considered an unanimous five-star prospect who ranks among the top five players nationally in the 2017 class. Reportedly, he has scholarship offers from Washington, Missouri, Kentucky, Syracuse, Kansas, Indiana and Iowa.

Here’s a highlight video of Jontay Porter.