Midnight Madnesses are always great for the fans - except Maryland ones, of course, which are invariably mind-numbing and dull - but the biggest practical impact comes elsewhere: recruiting. There's never a better, more convenient time for a program to sell itself to recruits, and if I had to guess I'd say that more recruits country-wide commit during or directly after Madness than at any other point in the recruiting cycle.
(Not that that says much, of course, since there are 200, maybe 250 recruits who really matter, and they're usually recruited for a period of like two years. So, like, three commit due to Madness, and that blows everything else out of the water. Whatever. Regardless of the scale, the point stands.)
But Maryland's particular version of Madness has come up a bit short in the recruiting department, just as it has in the entertainment one. (Wouldn't be surprised if those are connected, actually.) Last year's haul was pretty pedestrian, and I can't remember the last time they had a truly elite recruit in the building.
It looks like that'll continue this year, with both Dwayne Morgan and Roddy Peters electing to head elsewhere - Morgan going I don't know where and Peters heading to Rutgers. Throw in Rysheed Jordan writing Maryland off, and things are kinda-sorta in flux for the Terrapins as far as basketball recruiting goes.
[UPDATE: Evan Daniels saying that Peters has now called off his visit to Rutgers and is headed to Maryland instead. That is, presumably, for Maryland Madness, as has been the rumor.]
As per usual, we'll try to keep a running list going of those who we know will be attending. Morgan and Peters were both thought to be on their way earlier, but now that they're off the pickings are fairly slim. I'll update this list today and tomorrow as new names pop up - and they will, especially tomorrow. But for now:
Phil Booth, 6-2 combo guard in c/o 2014, Mt. St. Joe's (Baltimore, Md.) (via)
Tariq Owens, 6-8 combo forward in c/o 2014, St. Vincent Pallotti (Laurel, Md.) (via)
Romelo Trimble, 6-2 combo guard in c/o 2014, Bishop O'Connell (Arlington, Va.) (via)
Damonte Dodd, 6-9 center in c/o 2013, Massanutten (Centreville, Md.) (via)
Obi Enechionyia, 6-8 combo forward in c/o 2014, St. James (St. James, Md.) (via)
Dion Wiley, 6-3 combo guard in c/o 2014, Potomac (Oxon Hill, Md.) (via)
Roddy Peters, 6-4 point guard in c/p 2013, Suitland (Suitland, Md.) (via)
There are rumors about the likes of Dion Wiley and Obi Enechionyia visiting as well, and once those are "confirmed" we'll add them as well. I'm not sure it's a particularly impressive list even with them, but they certainly add to the depth present.