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Posted on Thu, May 20, 2010 : 12:45 p.m.

More than 15 Michigan football recruits expected on campus for BBQ at the Big House

By Dave Birkett

Michigan caps the spring recruiting period with its annual "BBQ at the Big House" Saturday.

Wolverines coach Rich Rodriguez said the event started two years ago as a way to bring a group of top prospects in for unofficial visits before camp season.

“Our big thought is if we can get them on campus we have a shot,” Rodriguez said earlier this week from the Big Ten spring meetings in Chicago. “Some guys are coming to campus for the first time, some have been there multiple times, but every time we get to see them is a bonus.

“Not only do they get to bond with us a little bit, but also with each other. I think that’s important.”

Rodriguez said he expects “between 15 and 20” recruits on campus this weekend. He’s prohibited from talking about individual prospects, but all four of Michigan’s verbal commitments - receiver Shawn Conway, defensive end Brennen Beyer and defensive backs Delonte Hollowell and Greg Brown - should be in attendance.

Michigan has just 12 seniors on its roster, but Rodriguez said he expects to sign a class of 15 or 16 this year.

Friday is the last day Michigan assistants can be on the road.

Dave Birkett covers University of Michigan football for He can be reached by phone at 734-623-2552 or by e-mail at Follow him on Twitter @davebirkett.


Baghdad Rod

Sat, May 22, 2010 : 7:13 p.m.

Everything is Fine! Gimmick System is not just for struggling schools in small conference with no tradition! Gimmick System will work beautiful when Rich gets his guys in place! Need more time! Rich Rod is firmly in control of the Michigan Football Nation! BBQ Beautiful!

Robbie Webb

Fri, May 21, 2010 : 11:31 a.m.

I very much agree with the comments above as well. No more excuses. Time to get it done.


Fri, May 21, 2010 : 10:56 a.m.

PORTAGELKBLU I agree that RR has done a great job recruiting considering the last two seasons.I don't think that we will see 3-8 and 5-7 for a long time. Even without the freshman class we have a solid team.However I don't think tht we can use excuses like "we are very young",we have to start winning now. 8-4 is very reachable with good coaching and RR is considered to be a very good coach.A road win over ND would be a good start.


Thu, May 20, 2010 : 10:41 p.m.

BowlforBlue, good stuff I can see your a Mich. fan and I like the, "Kick-butt steak". I think this was a great idea from RR. and I love to throw barbecues for my friends out here in the desert on game days. Mich. is on every Sat. out here and then I'll usually catch some USC games, Mich. the important one. People out here think Mich. got a good catch with RR I do to and I think he's recruiting well should be some bumper crops when they start winning. The complainers are probably complainers at heart so not much anyone can do will ever please them look at how they complained about the coach at Alabama. Lot of people hated that guy then walla he starts winning and he's great, same thing will happen with RR and he will start winning but then again I've always been a team player comes from playing sports and the military. I really like what RR is doing and I believe little things like these barbecue's are a good thing.


Thu, May 20, 2010 : 1:03 p.m.

This is great.... expect a commitment or so (D.Hart).... they'll be serving 'kick-butt' steak, 'sack-em' punch, and 'toss-touchdown' salads in the finest 'Michigan Crystal Bowl'.


Thu, May 20, 2010 : 12:50 p.m.

Bring em in feed them and you got a chance to beat out Central Michigan for their services.