One of the biggest successes during Rich Rodriguez's time as head coach of the Michigan Wolverines that will be continued this year is the Barbecue at the Big House.
The event is a great recruiting event Rodriguez and his staff put in place and is expected to bring over 20 of the nation's top high school prospects who are either committed to or considering the Wolverines. This year's barbecue will be held on Sunday July 31st.
Some notable names who will be in attendance are 4-star running back and Ohio State commit Bri'onte Dunn (Canton, OH), and 4-star defensive tackles Danny O'Brien (Flint, MI) and Ondre Pipkins (Kansas City, MO).
Dunn recently took an unofficial visit to Penn State, but once again reaffirmed his commitment to Ohio State immediately after.
The Glenoak standout is not likely to de-commit from the Buckeyes unless they are hit with a multiple year postseason ban, which now seems unlikely with the NCAA's recent decision to not hit Ohio State with failure to monitor or lack of institutional control charges.
O'Brien, who is the No. 17 defensive tackle and No. 222 overall prospect according to Rivals.com, announced his top six teams on Friday. Michigan made the cut along with Tennessee, Alabama, Florida, Michigan State and Iowa.
Ondre Pipkins is in competition with O'Brien for the Wolverines' only remaining scholarship at the defensive tackle position.
The Park Hill star is more likely to commit this weekend than O'Brien, who wants to make official visits before making a decision.
Three-star wide receivers Monty Madaris (Cincinnati, OH) and Jehu Chesson (St. Louis, MO) will also be present, as well as defensive end Christopher Wormley (Toledo, OH), who has been leaning toward committing to the Wolverines for more than a month.
The two receiver prospects only recently came into play for the Wolverines, who were having trouble drawing much interest from the nation's top prospects at the position.
Madaris and Chesson are also likely in competition with each other for just one scholarship available for a wideout in Michigan's 2012 recruiting class.
Michigan commits attending the barbecue are offensive tackle Kyle Kalis (Lakewood, OH), linebacker Royce Jenkins-Stone (Detroit, MI) and defensive end Tom Strobel (Mentor, OH), among many others. Click here for a full list of commits who are attending.
There will also be quite a few class of 2013 prospects making the trip to the Big House on Sunday as well.
Quarterback Shane Morris (Warren, MI), who is the only commitment in Michigan's 2013 recruiting class, will be in Ann Arbor for the event, along with offensive lineman Steve Elmer (Midland, MI), linebacker Jon Reschke (Birmingham, MI), running back Wyatt Shallman (Novi, MI), and athlete Dymonte Thomas (Alliance, OH).
Check back after the weekend to see if the Wolverines were able to pick up any more commitments at the barbecue!
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