Michigan's annual Big House Barbeque is turning into a great recruiting tool, for both recruits and their families. They have the opportunity to talk to the Michigan coaches and players, as well as having a chance to walk around campus and get a feel for everything.
Lexington Kentucky safety Courtney Avery seemed to enjoy the occasion of being at Michigan and seeing what they had to offer.
"Coach Gipson (defensive backs coach) talked with me about technique and things that will help me out on the football field," Avery told GoBlueWolverine. "Coach Gibson told me how Michigan is the number one public university in the nation. The coaches all have great personalities. I had a good time. It went very well. The food was good. I really appreciate them inviting me down."
Courtney and his dad were able to see all the improvements going on at Michigan.
"They have really nice facilities. They are building on to their indoor football building and adding on to the Big House."
Courtney also enjoyed the festivities they had planned for the recruits that attended the barbeque on Saturday.
"It was a lot of fun. They took us down The Tunnel as if it was game day. We had a chance to see a highlight tape of last year's team, and we toured the weight room."
There can be no weight room tour without a recruit meeting quite possibly Michigan's biggest recruiting asset.
"Mike Barwis has so much energy -- he is really wound up (laughing). He told me about how lifting weights could make me into a great football player. He talked about how to lift and why you lift."
Courtney will be coming back to Ann Arbor very soon to see even more of Wolverines.
"I will be attending Michigan's football camp. It will give me a chance to get better and be able to have some coaching on this level by Michigan's coaches."
Avery has of course already committed to Stanford, and he said he is confident in his decision ... but he is keeping his options open just to see what is out there.
"Michigan has been recruiting me for a while and right now I am just keeping my options open. I talked with Stanford about it and they don't have a problem with it. I will be taking my five official visits and Michigan could be one if they offer me."
Courtney has already qualified with a 21 on his A.C.T. and he is carrying a 3.7 G.P.A. Courtney would like to study pre-med.
So for the time being the young man will continue to weigh his options, hoping to find just the right spot for him.
Courtney Avery keeping his options open
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