Cooking up commitments
Michigan's BBQ in the Big House displays tight-knit football community
Updated: July 26, 2012, 1:22 PM ETBy Chantel Jennings | WolverineNation
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Every coaching staff tries to create unique recruiting events that get several prospects on campus and show a side of the program that can't be seen on an average visit.
Ohio State has Friday Night Lights -- a football camp/game experience. Georgia and Florida both do something similar, hoping to expose recruits to something they haven't seen elsewhere. Clemson has its "All in! Cookout," which is an old-fashioned cookout at a nearby pavilion where recruits can socialize with coaches, eat and play card games.
Strangely enough, one of the Michigan's biggest recruiting events -- the BBQ in the Big House -- is a carryover from the shortlived Rich Rodriguez era. It brings commits, recruits and their families together to spend the afternoon in Michigan Stadium.
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