- Tom VanHaaren, ESPN Staff Writer
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Junior days seem to be crucial to programs such as Texas and Alabama, where it isn't rare to see multiple commitments on the spot. Nice weather and a vast number of in-state prospects contribute to the success of junior days in the South.
It's a bit different for schools in the Midwest, and specifically in the state of Michigan. Texas is able to hold a junior day in January, when people in Michigan usually are shoveling themselves out of their driveways. It's not ideal for schools like Michigan or Michigan State to get kids on campus when there's a chance of getting frostbite.
In the past, Michigan has scheduled its junior day toward the end of February, which has provided for warm enough weather and plenty of time to identify prospects to invite. It hasn't yielded quite the results that a Texas or Alabama sees, though, so the question becomes, is it worth it to hold an official junior day with a large number of prospects on hand?
While a lot of schools prefer large junior day events, Michigan is going with multiple smaller, intimate weekends to get to know prospects.