Highlights from Michigan’s Annual Barbecue at the Big House and More

Here are some quick hits from over the weekend and the annual barbecue on campus of the University of Michigan.

Fournette a no show

Some things didn’t go quite as planned during Michigan’s annual Barbecue at the Big House.

The class of 2014’s number one recruit RB Leonard Fournette (according to ESPN) did not show up to the barbecue after telling numerous people from fellow recruits to media that he would be in attendance.

Fournette is  6’1 and 226 pounds from New Orleans and as every day goes by, it seems more and more evident that his hometown team of LSU will be his destination.

George Campbell surprises everybody with Saturday’s commitment

On Saturday afternoon, the biggest surprise of the weekend took place.

WR George Campbell, the class of 2015’s number three overall recruit, became the third member of Michigan’s ’15 class as he committed at downtown Ann Arbor’s Pizza House in front of Brady Hoke.

“I have officially decided to commit to THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN #GoBlue #Project136,” Campbell said on his twitter shortly after he announced the news.

Campbell is 6’4 and 185 pounds. (Tarpon Springs, Fl/East Lake High School) He is to date is the biggest recruit to vow to play in Ann Arbor.

Mason Cole, a ’14 offensive line commit and high school teammate of Campbell didn’t have any idea that he was ready to announce his college plans. Even he was shocked of Campbell’s pledge to Michigan.

“I am very surprised,” Cole said following the commitment.

Cole thinks that the ’15 class is on its way to being the number one in the nation by the time it’s done.

“George is going to lead that class to the number one class,” Cole said.

Much like Shane Morris, Wilton Speight, and Cole, Campbell is ready to be the leader of Michigan’s next recruiting class.

With the ’14 class almost complete, Cole is pleased where the commit list stands, but not satisfied for it to end there.

“This whole thing is just getting started.”

Harris becomes fourth ’15 commit

Just when the Campbell buzz died down, number 20 overall recruit and running back Damien Harris (Berea, KY/Madison Southern) became the fourth member of the ’15 Michigan class.

Harris becomes the second of the four commits in the top 20 to commit to Michigan, just two days after Campbell.

With a similar build to Derrick Green, Harris is another power back that will give Al Borges a plethora of options in the backfield.

Harris will likely join Campbell as another recruiter for the ’15 class. With Campbell doing his work in Florida and Georgia, Harris is likely to try to recruit prospects from southern Ohio as well as his home state of Kentucky.

“This is just the beginning of recruiting for us. I’m trying to build a legendary team,” Campbell tweeted after the Harris commitment.

Lattimore brings three teammates to barbecue

Late Saturday night, five-star ATH Marshon Lattimore surprised everybody when he tweeted that he and three Glenville HS (Cleveland, Oh.) teammates would be attending the barbecue itself on Sunday.

Lattimore along with ATH Trevon Story, LB Milen Golden, and S Erick Smith made the trip to Ann Arbor and were intrigued by the history of the program.

Sunday afternoon, Lattimore tweeted a few pictures from his recruiting trips like Georgia Tech and Tennessee in their respective jerseys in a normal pose with his hands at his side. The captions of the pictures were “At Tennessee” and “At Georgia Tech”.

The Michigan picture, captioned “How this look?” and posted first contained Lattimore also wearing a Wolverine helmet striking a pose.

Shortly after the tweet of the Michigan picture, he showed a spark of interest towards Michigan.

“I actually like my Michigan picture, it’s sweet to me! Lol,” Lattimore tweeted.

Jacques Patrick gives Michigan fans something to think about

Even though he didn’t attend the barbecue, running back Jacques Patrick gave his twitter followers some food for thought Saturday night when he tweeted a picture of him and Campbell above Michigan Stadium captioned “#GoBlue?”

“Come join the family bro #Project136,” Campbell responded.

If the picture wasn’t enough to prove Michigan was of high interest to Patrick, his next tweet would be.

“Probably not a bad idea #GoBlue.”

Both ‘15ers from Florida, Campbell and Patrick are already becoming big recruits.

Campbell turned down Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Texas A&M among plenty of other offers and opportunities.

Patrick is still uncommitted and has major offers from Alabama, Florida, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and UCLA.

Monday afternoon after Patrick congratulated Harris on his Michigan commitment, Campbell struck again and made his pitch.

“Come join us bruh.”

’16 quartet bond at barbecue

Traverse City West ’16 offensive guard Tommy Roush was happy about Michigan’s academic and athletic programs respectively.

Roush is already 6’3 and 270 pounds; only a sophomore to be. He was impressed with the staff and the time they took to spend with him and talk about the program and its rich history.

“I thought the entire staff was a great group of guys and they showed that they really cared about their athletes at Michigan,” Roush said.

“It was really interesting seeing what goes on inside the football program and what they have to offer their student athletes. I was very impressed.”

Roush spent most of his time with fellow Traverse City West offensive linemen Thiyo Lukusa, Farmington Hills Harrison WR Desmond Fitzpatrick, and quarterback Messiah deWeaver.

Lukusa is an offensive tackle that currently has a Penn State offer and Fitzpatrick has offers from Indiana, Ohio, and Toledo.

DeWeaver is a 6’2 and 185 pound quarterback (Trotwood, Oh/Madison) that has a Louisville offer.

DeWeaver enjoyed his quick stay in Ann Arbor and is eager to see what is ahead.

“The barbecue was great and a very nice experience,” deWeaver said. “I liked how family oriented the coaches were.”

Who’s next? Four recruits who might commit next

The next commit is very unpredictable. It could very well be CB Shaun Crawford, a 5’9 and 165 pound from Lakewood, Oh. (St. Edward).

But after seeing the reaction from the Campbell commitment, Patrick’s interest could be growing as well as Lattimore who a month ago was considered an Ohio State “lock.”

Also look for ‘16 offensive tackle Erik Swenson (Downers Grove, Il/Downers Grove South) to seriously consider a Michigan commitment after enjoying the barbecue. He has good size at 6’5 and 289 pounds.

You can follow me on Twitter at @EvanPaputa and our website at @BBlueRecruiting.

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