Michigan Football: The Aftermath of Sunday's BBQ at the Big House

Austin FoxCorrespondent IIJuly 30, 2013

January 1, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA;  Michigan Wolverines defensive coordinator Greg Mattison prior of the 2013 Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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Michigan's annual Barbecue at the Big House has come and gone, and needless to say it was a success. This is especially impressive that it can be called a success since Leonard Fournette, the nation's top running back, surprisingly never showed up.

Even though Fournette wasn't there, another big name did make the trip who wasn't necessarily expected to: Malik McDowell.

McDowell is the best player in the state of Michigan and is one of the Wolverines' top two or three targets left on the board. At this point Michigan is definitely considered his leader.

The best news of the weekend came Saturday evening, though, when 2015 wide receiver George Campbell committed. I don't even know where to begin when describing Campbell, as the praise surrounding him is endless.

The 6'5", 200-pound junior-to-be Florida native is looked at as a freak athlete who can take over games with his athletic ability and is bound to be a future pro.

Campbell held offers from schools such as Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Notre Dame and Ohio State, and was not expected to commit anywhere any time soon. That just goes to show you how big of an impact Michigan has had on him.

Another piece of news that was almost as big followed on Monday when 2015 running back Damien Harris also committed. Harris will probably wind up being rated just a little bit lower than Campbell, but not much; he is also expected to be in that 5-star status.

Perhaps what's most intriguing about this story is where these kids are from. As mentioned, Campbell is from Florida while Harris hails from Kentucky; neither of these states are obviously in the Midwest.

Now take a look at some of the elite talent Michigan has landed in its past two classes and where they are from: Jabrill Peppers from New Jersey; Derrick Green from Virginia; Da'Shawn Hand (also Virginia) could be another name we soon add to the list.

Michigan has dominated the Midwest under Brady Hoke, and is now starting to go outside their comfort zone with magnificent results.

Once the on-the-field product catches up, things should only continue to get better. It's a pretty exciting feeling to think about what this football team could look like a year or two down the road.