Michigan Football: Previewing the Expected Visitors for the BBQ at the Big House
On Sunday, July 28, Michigan will be hosting its annual Barbecue at the Big House. This is a chance for commits and players Michigan is still targeting to spend time in Ann Arbor and bond.
Unsurprisingly, the event draws huge names every year.
This year is no different, with Leonard Fournette being the biggest name in attendance. Rivals.com rates the New Orleans native No. 3 overall nationally, and the best running back in the country.
Michigan could also easily have had the No. 1 and No. 2 players in attendance in Da'Shawn Hand and Jabrill Peppers, respectively, but unfortunately it's looking like neither will be able to make it.
With that being said, who's the next biggest name that will be there behind Fournette? You could make the case that it is 2015 wide receiver George Campbell.
Even though Campbell technically isn't rated yet, he is a future 5-star prospect, as he already holds offers from the likes of Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Texas A&M.
Plus, the situation surrounding Campbell is a bit more intriguing since he attends East Lake High School in Tarpon Springs, Florida, which happens to be the same one Mason Cole attends.
Cole is already committed to Michigan and will also be there on Sunday, so he will obviously do his best to persuade Campbell to commit as well; Campbell is probably a long way away from a verbal to any school, though.
Cole is just one of many Michigan commitments that will be in attendance. In fact, 10 of the 14 commits are expected to be there, with Peppers (as mentioned above), Bryan Mone, Noah Furbush and Juwan Bushell-Beatty being the only absentees.
Other than Fournette, though, the list of 2014 targets is pretty weak. Jonathan Hilliman is probably the next biggest name (also a running back), but he isn't very highly rated and definitely isn't a top priority.
Will Michigan Receive a new Commitment on Sunday?
The list of 2015 kids looks to be strong, though. Campbell is definitely the headliner, but other big names such as Shaun Crawford, Sterling Jenkins and Mike Weber should be there as well.
Now fans are always hoping for a new pledge or two on this day, as that has grown to become a realistic expectation. Although there isn't as great of a chance this year, it still could happen.
Shaun Crawford would probably be the most likely, as he has come close to committing in the past. Hilliman, the running back from New Jersey, is also a candidate if he is blown away by the trip.
Unfortunately, a commitment from the biggest name in attendance in Fournette is probably out of the question. The opposite can be said about last year, as Derrick Green came incredibly close to pledging at the event.
Regardless, all eyes and ears will probably be on Fournette's experience Sunday, and deservedly so.
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