UPEI Panthers are busy recruiting to fill a roster that will lose at least five players – all regulars in the rotation – to graduation after this season. Earlier this morning, Panthers announced that 6’4″ Bryce Corless, a combo wing forward out of Kennebecasis Valley H.S. (KVHS) in Quispamsis, New Brunswick (just north east of Saint John), has committed to the UPEI program. Corless is a veteran of the New Brunswick provincial team program and hails from the same high school program that produced 6’9″ Erik Nissen (Acadia), 6’2″ Chris Spurrell (UNB) and 6’0″ Jack Tilley (Saint Mary’s). Earlier, coach Tim Kendrick announced on his blog that 6’6″ Vernelle Johnson from Halifax Grammar School and the Nova Scotia provincial team program has also committed to the Panthers. UPEI loses 6’2″ Tyler Scott, 6’6″ Dut Dut, 6’5″ Mark Matheson, 6’2″ Lorenzo Parker and 6’0″ Jake Kendrick to graduation so there are plenty of minutes available in Panthers rotation. UPEI is in St. John’s, Nfld this weekend for a pair of games at Memorial with Panthers having their backs against the wall, needing to sweep the Seahawks to retain any chance of a spot in the AUS tournament.