Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire
Maryland receives yet another blow.
If I didn't know better, I'd say it's last season: over the past three days, Maryland's suffered through two decommitments, an "I'm committed but taking visits" thing, and now another player leaving the football program. Nick Brigham, a highly-regarded true freshman guard who was redshirting this season, has withdrawn from the university, according to a team spokesman per Patrick Stevens.
No reason was given outside of "personal reasons", but the way it's phrased - withdrawing from the university - seems a somewhat harsh, making me believe there could be a pretty significant (ie, not Edsall-related) reason for this. No use speculating, of course, but it'll be interesting to see what happens with Brigham in the future.
For this season at least, it's not a significant problem: it looks like the staff was trying to keep Brigham's redshirt on, and he wasn't in the two-deep ever since Josh Cary returned from injury. With De'Onte Arnett, Peter White, and now Andrew Zeller still at guard as well, plus Bennett Fulper, there's no lack of capable depth.
But Brigham was considered to be part of Maryland's likely long-term future on the line. Randy Edsall is building (or at least was in the process of building) a pretty killer offensive line, including talented young guys like Mike Madaras, Derwin Gray, Zeller, and Sal Conaboy. Brigham, who had the potential to be a piledriver in the run game, figured into that, too. Now Brigham's gone, with Gray kinda-sorted decommitted and and Na'Ty Rodgers still a pipe dream.It's somewhat less of an imposing future line than we had hoped.
Of course, the dream for a killer line isn't dead; Gray and Rodgers are both still in play, after all, and both of them with Madaras, Zeller, and Conaboy is still as good a line as you'll find in the ACC. But things just got a little tougher to pull off.