This offseason hasn't been kind to a lot of Big Ten teams. Between staff turnover, player departures and flipped commitments, several teams are in serious need of some good news.
So, with national signing day now just a day away, who could most use some positive recruiting news? Our Big Ten experts weigh in:
Josh Moyer: Maryland Terrapins
Maryland's quarterbacks were historically awful in 2015, so it sure was a relief that the Terps boasted a verbal commitment from Dwayne Haskins, the fourth-best quarterback recruit in the nation. That is, until the Maryland native flipped to Ohio State last month. Which, of course, came shortly after Maryland's top defensive commit, Keandre Jones, another Maryland native, also went with the Buckeyes. So, needless to say, it's been a no good, very bad way to close out the 2016 class. Granted, the Terps did pick up several commitments over the past few days, but none with the star power of Haskins or Jones. Maryland needs a dual-threat quarterback here, and it set its sights on the quick-but-small Tyrrell Pigrome. His commitment would definitely help the Terps save some face, and four-star target Terrell Hall could be an absolutely huge boost to the defense. In fact, as the No. 47 overall recruit in the nation, Hall would instantly become the headliner of this class. Maryland needs some good news.
Dan Murphy: Penn State Nittany Lions
Penn State could use some capable hands walking in the door instead of out of it this winter. The Nittany Lions have lost a defensive coordinator, offensive assistant, star quarterback, wide receiver and two other transfers since the 2015 season ended. Head coach James Franklin always seems to shine in early February, and he'll need a good show again this week to help plug some holes through which momentum has been leaking for most of the past year. The signatures of top-tier pass-rusher Shane Simmons and highly-touted running back Miles Sanders should give Franklin's group their first win of any kind since Oct. 31.
Austin Ward: Rutgers Scarlet Knights
There was never going to be anything easy about the job closing the talent gap between Rutgers and the top teams in the Big Ten, and it would be foolish to expect instant results from Chris Ash with such a short timeframe to work with in putting together his first class with the program. But there might not be anybody in the league who could use some good news on signing day more than Ash, who is clearly working hard to reshape the roster but at times appears to be fighting to get the engine out of neutral. Even on a weekend that included two new commitments and a graduate transfer electing to join the Scarlet Knights, two others retracted pledges to at least give the perception of canceling out any progress. The Scarlet Knights are currently sitting with 16 commitments, and none of them rank in the ESPN 300 -- so it might not take much to make their day.