Yesterday was signing day, which marked a full-fledged return to basketball recruiting season. In fact, I speculated yesterday that Torian Graham is still the big fish out there for Maryland's staff. So here is a perfect example of why you shouldn't take what I say as gold:
In other words: save us, Sam Cassell, Jr. (God, do I miss Lance Stephenson.)
Recruiting is a fickle process, but I have to say that this one does smell a bit fishy. Maryland has been more or less the only name for Graham ever since he decommitted from N.C. State a few months ago, and now it just falls apart? Hmm. You have to wonder about that one a little bit, especially with the rumors that he might have trouble qualifying.
Regardless of the "why" of the situation, we're still left ... well, here. "Here" being needing to find two more commitments despite having just about everyone fallen off the board. Amile Jefferson isn't listing Maryland anymore. Robert Carter is, by all accounts, about to commit to Georgia Tech. Mitch McGary, Robert Upshaw, Christian Sanders, Jerami Grant, and even Daniel Dingle are all long gone.
In terms of established names, that leaves Cassell Jr. (who visited Maryland for Madness), perhaps Charles Mitchell, and ... well, that's about it. Andrew White hasn't listed Maryland officially in awhile but the Terrapins have been in contact there in the past.
Past that, there's really not too many other options. Perhaps the staff will try to involve themselves in a few newer names, guys like Ricardo Gathers, or work to re-establish themselves with White. A few other guys that have sprung to mind: Wanaah Bail, a 6-8 pogo stick of a combo forward, who took the Shaquille Cleare route of Bahamas-to-Houston and just started to list Maryland interest in September; Zena Edosomwan, a fast-rising PF who has a Maryland offer; and of course Jordan Goodman, who just decommitted from Texas Tech.
Of course, there's always that surprise that pops up late in the recruiting cycle, whether it's a decommitment, a reclassification, or a heretofore unknown player rising up the charts. Just have to keep an eye out.
Hopefully we'll have some good news later in the day. The fanbase could definitely use it.