Cooking up commitments

Michigan's BBQ in the Big House displays tight-knit football community

Updated: July 26, 2012, 1:22 PM ET
By 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.

[+] EnlargeTom Strobel with other Wolverine commitments and prospects
Courtesy of Tony GantAll seven of these players at the 2011 BBQ at the Big House committed to play for Michigan.
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.