Michigan BBQ at the Big House Preview

Michigan will host a number of key targets in the 2015, 2016 and 2017 classes this Sunday for their annual BBQ at the Big House. The group includes two players committed elsewhere and many more who have Wolverine offers.

Class of 2015
- Saginaw Heritage (Mich.) wide receiver Brian Cole, Scout's top prospect in the state, is scheduled to visit on Friday and spend the night, but will not attend the BBQ. Quarterback commit Alex Malzone will come to campus to spend time with Cole and that relationship is beginning to become an important one for Michigan in this recruitment. Cole has planned to take his time with his decision and Tennesee, Michigan State, Ohio State and others are vying for his commitment, but we hear Michigan is continuing to make progess with him and Malzone is a big part of that.

- Two defensive ends from North Carolina will look to make the trip. Lincolnton's Darian Roseboro has confirmed his attendance, and Millbrook's Kengera Daniel had previously stated he would try to make the trip. He plans to visit even if he does not make the BBQ. The Wolverines are in Roseboro's top group of schools. Daniel, who is approaching 20 offers, has not narrowed anything down, but getting him to Ann Arbor would be big for the Wolverines.

- Florida commit Marcus Lewis, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound cornerback from Gonzaga Prep (DC) is one of the big names attending the BBQ. Can the Wolverines flip him? If so, they will also have to contend with Oregon and Miami, who he says he also wants to visit. Another committed corner, Virginia Tech verbal Mook Reynolds will visit the Wolverines for the BBQ as well. He says he will also look to visit Tennessee and Notre Dame despite his Hokie commitment.

- Detroit King linebacker Tyriq Thompson, a four-star legacy prospect will make his way back to Ann Arbor. The son of former U-M great Clarence Thompson, Tyriq attended Michigan's summer camp in June. The Wolverines continue to battle Michigan State, Wisconsin, Iowa and others for his commitment.

- Kaplan (La.) tight end/defensive end Jalen Bates will make the trip. The Wolverines offered in May, but he has not been up to visit yet. He has ties to the school, however, as his cousin is former U-M linebacker Jonas Mouton. He called the Wolverine offer a "dream come true," but is also considering offers from Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Mississippi, Mississippi State and others.

- Two from Brother Rice (Mich.) will attend: wide receiver Grant Perry, who had an excellent camp this summer, but is currently without a Wolverine offer, and defensive end Jack Dunaway, a productive pass rusher and Wolverine legacy currently being pursued as a preferred walk-on.

- There are several maybes. Detroit Cass Tech running back Mike Weber will be returning from a USC visit on Sunday and his coaches says he will attempt to make it over. Four-star offensive tackle Drew Richmond is attending Ohio State'S Friday Night Lights on Friday, but may not make the BBQ. Louisiana OT Garrett Thomas had mentioned a possible July visit, but has not confirmed attendance for the BBQ.

Class of 2016
- Woodberry Forrest (Va.) offensive tackle Clark Yarbrough will be in town. He has a Michigan offer and he says he has strong interest in the Wolverines despite having no leader or favorites. The 6-foot-6, 260-pound Scout 300 member visited in June, but will return to Ann Arbor again.

- Another offensive tackle with a Michigan offer is Plymouth (Mich.) product Michael Jordan, who earned a Wolverine offer during camp. An athletic 6-foot-5, 270-pounder, U-M was Jordan's first offer and the Wolverines will be a tough team to beat for him. Fort Wayne (Ind.) Bishop Luers receiver Austin Mack, College Park (Ga.) running back Elijah Holyfield and Perry (Ohio) tight end Luke Farrell all earned camp offers as well and will all be at the BBQ.

- The Midwest's top 2016 prospect on Scout, Hartland (Wisc.) Arrowhead's Ben Bredeson, who has a Michigan offer, will return to campus after previously visiting for the spring game. He has a Wisconsin offer, and while many initially considered him a Badger lock, the Wolverines are real players in his recruitment along with Notre Dame and Ohio State.

- Hinsdale South (Ill.) defensive end Josh King, one of the top prospects in the Midwest, will be at the BBQ. An athletic 6-foot-6, 250-pound prospect, King visited the Wolverines in the Spring and has offers from nearly all of the major Midwestern schools.

- Traverse City West (Mich.) offensive lineman Thiyo Lukusa will return to Ann Arbor. At one point, he was considered to be nearing a commitment to the Wolverines. While he has backed off of that and decided to take his time, U-M remains in strong contention for him but are battling Michigan State and Ohio State who he camps with on Friday.

- Detroit Cass Tech's LaVert Hill recently earned a Michigan offer. The younger brother of Wolverine safety Delano Hill, he camped with Michigan and also impressed the staff at Sound Mind, Sound Body. A four-star with great instincts and quickness, he came into the summer with no offers, but now has seven. Even with the family ties and connection with Cass, the Wolverines will have to battle against Penn State, Miami (Fl.) and others. He camps at Ohio State on Friday and a Buckeye offer is very possible.

- Philadelphia (Pa.) Imhotep tight end Naseir Upshur has a Wolverine offer and will return to campus. He visited in June.

- Several rising juniors who are without offers but are solidly on the U-M radar will attend. In-state linebacker David Reese is a physical prospect with four offers. Canadian cornerback Patrice Rene is a long, talented kid who has a couple of BCS offers. Oak Park (Mich.) corner Abdullah Yaseen, who camped this summer, is slated to attend.

Class of 2017
- Miamisburg (Ohio) offensive lineman Josh Myers, one of the Midwest's top rising sophomores, will attend. He has a Michigan offer along with several other major offers.

- Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary's linebacker Josh Ross, the younger brother of Wolverine linebacker James Ross, will be back on campus. He has a Michigan offer, and despite him also being recruited by programs across the country, the Wolverines will be the team to beat.

- Cornerback Jonathan Sutherland and defensive end Luiji Vilain are two national type prospects who Michigan has yet to offer, but could easily earn them in the future.

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