TomVH: Big House BBQ Visitor List

Submitted by TomVH on May 22nd, 2010 at 7:58 PM

[Bumping this to the top because it's relevant for today - Tim]

You asked for it.......multiple times, so here it is. I was going to wait, but I figured it would give everyone something to do. This is the same as the Spring Game list, this can change, it's not set in stone, and it's only the people I've confirmed so far. There are more people coming (I'm assuming), I just haven't gotten in touch with them yet.


  • OL Anthony Zettel - He said he probably won't pull the trigger.
  • DE Chris Rock - He also said he probably won't commit. It's getting close, though.
  • DT Darian Cooper - He's very excited to come see Michigan. He'll be in with his mother.
  • Corey Marshall - Supposed to be there, not 100%
  • WR AJ Jordan - He'll be there (as of now), and he's pretty excited about it.
  • Commit DE Brennen Beyer 
  • LB Branden Jackson - Michigan has a good chance here, he's from PA.
  • DB Dondi Kirby - He'll know by Friday if he's going, or not. He lives in PA, so it's not too far for a last minute decision. If he comes, LB Armstead Williams will be coming with him. They're best friends, and travel together, and potentially want to go to school together. They're both going to wait until signing day, but Michigan is in good favor with both of them.
  • OL Ryan Kelly - One of the newer offers from Ohio, which you can read about here.



  • LB Sean Duggan - He was invited (this is more of an invitation event, so not a lot of random people will be showing up), but can't make it. 
  • WR Damiere Byrd - Hasn't been hearing much from Michigan lately. I'm assuming it's because we're in on Spiffy Evans, AJ Jordan, Sammy Watkins, and DeAnthony Arnett.
  • DE Deion Barnes - No ride, and didn't know about the event. (No invite)
  • LB Kris Frost - Unfortunately his family can't afford the trip again. He's rescheduling for the summer. 
  • RB Demetrius Hart
  • LB Lamar Dawson - He's coming out with a top list in the next week, or two. He's going to try to visit this summer.
  • DB Daren Kitchen - Too far, and he plans on camping this summer. If he has an offer when he comes up for camp, expect him to commit, or already be committed. He told me there's a 90% chance he'll commit to Michigan. LSU has been recruiting him (he's from LA), but he really likes Michigan right now. He loves Charles Woodson, and thinks he can be a big corner like him. Kitchen is 6'2", 175 lbs.
  • OL Aundrey Walker - Glenville....(insert fart noise here).
  • TE Ray Hamilton - Can't make it
  • DB Dondi Kirby - He's not coming. if he's going, or not. If he would've made it, LB Armstead Williams would have come with him. They're best friends, and travel together, and potentially want to go to school together. They're both going to wait until signing day, but Michigan is in good favor with both of them.
  • OL Ray Ball - Recently offered. He was very honest to me when we spoke. He said he does really like Ohio State and Wisconsin, despite the fact that OSU hasn't offered. He said he's from Ohio, so he just likes OSU because of that. He also told me that he's excited to see what Michigan has to offer, and despite his interest in the other two schools, it doesn't mean Michigan won't get a fair look. (side note: He sounds like a really respectable, religious kid. I was impressed with him, and also he's a giant). His uncle moved the visit to June 5th, they have some things going on right now.



May 17th, 2010 at 8:19 PM ^

Gotta love the fact that 5 of 6 guys are OL/DL players(so far). If we can get a few quality line commits in the near future, recruiting becomes a lot easier for the rest of the class.


May 17th, 2010 at 8:49 PM ^

yeah hopefully he still has us as his leader after his camp at Alabama in June.  I hear Hasean Clinton-Dix is really pushing hard for him to go to bama.


May 17th, 2010 at 9:03 PM ^

comments on OL Ray Ball. I would love for a kid like that to have a great time at the BBQ, see what a great place M is, and then seriously consider becoming a Wolverine.


May 18th, 2010 at 8:28 AM ^

It's weird that Deion Barnes didn't get an invitation.  I'm slightly confused by that.  And I can't imagine that hearing Michigan didn't invite him to a party will help us in his recruitment.  Maybe the coaches aren't interested anymore...?  They just offered him in the last few weeks, so I wouldn't think their interest would have waned so quickly.


May 18th, 2010 at 12:56 PM ^


Coach Rod doesn't screw around with recruiting, and he tells the recruits that we are interested in them, and if they are in us, only then we will continue the recruitment.  He also tells them that they will earn their scholarship and playing time.  Often this doesn't sit well with young recruits. For example, last month at the NFL Draft, I asked Rod Woodson why he chose Purdue over us, and he said it was because we wouldn't guarantee he'd start his first year but Purdue would.  Supposedly our guy who recruited him (Wilson) wouldn't guarantee him anything.

This no-nonsense approach may explain the reason why Barnes was not invited, ie, he wasn't showing true interest in us.  So, in that view, it makes total sense.  I'm not saying this is the case, however.


May 18th, 2010 at 10:55 AM ^

Unfortunate that some of the recruits can't make it, but understandable.  I just hope we have enough BBQ for the recruits who are coming - did we plan for a giant in advance?  We may have to feed him a running back. 


May 18th, 2010 at 12:07 PM ^

If I learned anything from The BFG, it's that most giants won't be satiated unless they eat some children.  If you're a parent in the Ann Arbor area, you might want to keep a watchful eye on your kids.


May 18th, 2010 at 4:23 PM ^

A number of people in this thread commented on how well we're doing with linemen.  I actually looked at this list and had concern for how well we're doing with linemen, at least offensive linemen.  It's good to see that we're high on DL's, but we don't have that big of a DL need (lots of freshmen and sophs this fall, as well as 2 juniors starting).  

We do, however, have a big OL need (4 players brought in over the last 2 years) and it's the most important position group on the team, IMO.  There's no doubt in my mind that RR will be able to bring in solid offensive position players, so if we can field a very good Oline, we will have a dominant offense.  The 4 guys we've snagged the last couple years all seem to be very good players, but I'd really like to see more quantity.


May 19th, 2010 at 2:55 PM ^

No doubt about that.  But for a lot of good prospects, by the time we get 8 wins (unless those 8 wins are over our first 8 games) it will already be too late.  Now, if we win 10 or 11 games, it will get the attention of kids who are already deep in their recruitment.  But if we have to wait until late November before the kids we want start noticing us, it's probably too late for most of them.  

Now, if we have 5-8 solid OL prospects who already have interest in us by the beginning of the season, 8 wins will probably be enough to get the commitment from 3-4 of them.


May 22nd, 2010 at 1:22 PM ^

I think "quality O-linemen recruiting" will be the "we need defense" meme for the rest of the year.

After, AFTER, Michigan completed a 5-7 record last year, RR secured the commitments of Jibreel Black, Demar Dorsey, Cullen Christian, Davian Rogers, Jake Ryan and one or two others I'm forgetting about.

Why you'd have any concern about RR finding 4 quality O-linemen recruits, given his ability to switch committed kids, boggles my mind.


May 22nd, 2010 at 2:04 PM ^

I never said I have concern he will find them.  But we all know your stance on recruiting jg, so I don't know why you ever comment on here.

My "concern" if you will, is not that we won't be able to find 4 guys who play OL to commit to us, it's that we aren't in on many of the bigger names early, and our class will fill up soon.  Last year we had a lot of scholarships to give out, so it wasn't much of a space issue.  This year, it seems that we have offers out to so many guys that if they commit, we might again have a small OL class, limited by room in the class, not by talent.  

Also, of the guys you listed that committed after our season, Jibreel and Cullen were high on us from the get go, Demar was the question mark, and Rogers and Ryan were LB's we got once the plan A guys committed elsewhere.  I'd rather not do that this year.


May 22nd, 2010 at 3:39 PM ^

Regarding your last sentence, guess what - you and I have no say over recruiting.

How do you know Michigan's not in on a bunch of high quality O-linemen recruits? The offer lists on Scout and Rivals directly refute your allegation.

And finally, RR might have a bunch of scholarship offers out, but it's not like he'll fill up the class with WRs and forget to bring in O-linemen. This was the same complaint re:, wait for it, the defense last year. It ended up that 15 of the recruits last year were defense, despite this board's whining mid-summer. Just like last year, if Michigan has a need, they'll fill it.

Now watch the soccer and relax.


May 22nd, 2010 at 11:29 AM ^

Are we in good position for Walsh? If so, can I have a link please? I thought Notre Dame would be a strong player since his good friend is Chris Watt, an Irish commit in 2009. Is Andre Y gonna stay on the West Coast, USC or Oregon are we a definite player in his recruitment. I think Zettel will be blue but other than him I am extremely worried about our OL recruits.