Recruits swarming to BBQ at the Big House
Written by Matt Pargoff   

Michigan will play host to a large collection of recruits this weekend, with the annual Barbeque at the Big House event. With the Wolverines 2013 recruiting efforts nearly completed, much of the focus will be on rising junior prospects such as Washington D.C. star corner D'Andre Payne, but two big name uncommitted seniors also plan to be on hand.

Michigan quarterback commitment Shane Morris of Warren (Mich.) De La Salle will not be at the BBQ. Instead, he will be participating in the Gridiron Kings event, a skills challenge and seven-on-seven tournament held in Orlando, Fla.

While Morris will not bring his proven recruiting acumen to the front for the event in Ann Arbor, he will be joined in the Sunshine State by several prospects the Wolverines are pursuing, including wide receiver Laquon Treadwell of Crete (Ill.) Monee, receiver Alvin Bailey of Seffner (Fla.) Armwood, defensive back Leon McQuay of Seffner (Fla.) Armwood and cornerback Kendall Fuller of Olney, Md.

The Following is the list of prospects that have stated they will attend, or possibly will attend, the BBQ at the Big House this weekend.

2013 Prospects
RB Derrick Green, Richmond (Va.) Hermitage – Green is widely regarded as one of the top running back prospects in the nation and is the only chance the Wolverines have of adding another top rusher to the class. He already visited Michigan once in March.
WR Devon Allen, Pheonix (Az.) Brophy – Despite growing up a fan of Ohio State, the speedy Allen has consistently listed Michigan as one of his top schools. The trip this weekend will be his first visit to Ann Arbor. He is not on pace to make a decision in the near future.
2013 Commitments
DE Taco Charlton, Pickerington (Ohio) Central – Playing primarily at linebacker in high school, he was recruited to be a pass rushing defensive end. He is rated as a four-star prospect by Rivals, 247 and ESPN.
CB Gareon Conley, Massillon (Ohio) Washington – From the same school as former Wolverine linebacker Shawn Crable, Conley pledged to the Wolverines in early March over offers from Northwestern and Marshall. He is rated as a four-star prospect by Scout, 247 and ESPN.
OL David Dawson, Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech – Dawson played his junior season of football in Texas, before returning to Detroit. Following the same path as several other Technicians in recent years, he made an early commitment to play for Michigan. He remains solid in that pledge.
CB Ross Douglas , Avon (Ohio) – Douglas committed to Penn State in late February, but decommitted after learning of the sanctions imposed by the NCAA. He committed to Michigan the following day. He has visited Ann Arbor before, but this will be his first trip since committing. Here's what his coach had to say about Douglas.
WR Jaron Dukes , Columbus (Ohio) Marion Franklin – Dukes grew up a fan of the Maize and Blue, visiting Ann Arbor for the first time in February. He committed to the Wolverines soon after. He is rated as a four-star prospect by Scout and ESPN.
OL Logan Tuley-Tillman, Peoria (Ill.) Manual – Tuley-Tillman took a variety of early unofficial visits early in the process, including several trips to Ann Arbor. While he had originally planned to take official visits, Michigan’s dwindling scholarship numbers and his love of the Wolverines prompted an earlier decision. He is rated as a four-star prospect by all major recruiting networks.
2014 Prospects
QB Drew Barker, Burlington (Ky.) Conner – Michigan is not offering quarterbacks until seeing junior year film, but Barker could be one to watch out for down the road. He already has offers from Illinois, Purdue, South Carolina and others.
OL Mason Cole, Tarpon Springs (Fla.) East Lake – Cole has a Michigan scholarship offer already. He plans to attend Ohio State's Friday Night Lights camp before heading to Ann Arbor with his teammate Artavis Scott.
OL Nathaniel Devers, Massillon (Ohio) Washington – Devers attended the Michigan summer camp and has the Wolverines in his top two with Northwestern. Playing against lesser competition as a sophomore has hampered his recruitment, but he is expected to pull in major offers this fall.
OL Tommy Doles, Grand Rapids (Mich.) Christian – Doles attended the Michigan summer camp in June and earned an offer from the Wolverines at that time. He plans to make a return trip for the BBQ event this weekend.
LB Michael Ferns, Saint Clairsville (Ohio) – Ferns has Michigan in his top three with Notre Dame and Penn State. The inclusion of the Nittany Lions was before sanctions were imposed, which will likely bring his recruitment between the Fighting Irish and Wolverines.
LB Clifton Garrett, Joliet (Ill.) Plainfield South – Garrett plans to attend Ohio State's Friday Night Lights camp then head to Ann Arbor. Michigan has not offered yet, but several other Big Ten programs have. He plays 7-on-7 on the Core 6 team with 2013 wide receiver prospect LaQuon Treadwell.
DB Nick Glass, Atlanta (Ga.) St. Pius X – Glass committed to Georgia already, but has expressed an interest in visiting other schools, including Michigan. He has stated that he could attend the BBQ event.
OL Jay Hayes, Brooklyn (N.Y.) Poly Prep – Hayes has an offer from Michigan and expressed a strong interest in the Maize and Blue. He also has scholarship offers from Oregon, UCLA, Notre Dame, Penn State and others.
WR Kiy Hester, Wayne (N.J.) DePaul Catholic – Hester was offered recently by Michigan and plans to visit. He is still very early in the recruiting process and has not narrowed his list of options. Miami, Pitt, Boston College, and others have also offered.
RB Jonathan Hilliman, Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep – Hilliman has already piled up an impressive list of scholarship offers from the likes of Boston College, Maryland, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oregon, Penn State, Rutgers, UCF and Wisconsin.
OL Jamarco Jones , Chicago (Ill.) De La Salle – Jones already has scholarship offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Notre Dame and other. He plans to attend the Ohio State Friday Night Lights camp then head to Michigan’s BBQ event.
OL K.C. McDermott, Wellington (Fla.) Palm Beach Central – McDermott is planning a tour of Midwest schools, visiting Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State and Notre Dame this weekend. He already has an offer from the Wolverines and could be one of the top line prospects for 2014.
LB Nyles Morgan, Crete (Ill.) Monee – A high school teammate of 2013 receiver prospect Laquon Treadwell, Morgan is also showing interest in the Wolverines and will visit for the BBQ. He does not have any favorites yet, but has pulled in offers from Illinois, Notre Dame and Purdue.
CB D'Andre Payne, Washington (D.C.) Woodson – Easily one of the top prospects in the nation for 2014, Payne is pushing 30 scholarship offers before his junior year of play. He attended the Michigan summer camp in June and has the Wolverines in his very early top four.
WR Austin Roberts, Carmel (Ind.) – Roberts does not have an offer yet from Michigan, but stands a good chance of earning one. He already has offers from Florida, Miami, Purdue, Stanford, Iowa and others.
WR Artavis Scott, Tarpon Springs (Fla.) East Lake – A teammate of Mason Cole, Scott does not have an offer from Michigan yet, but has a legitimate chance to get one. Florida, Florida State, Ohio State and others have already offers.
DE Conor Sheehy, Milwaukee (Wisc.) Marquette – Sheehy attended the Michigan summer camp and has shown a strong interest in the Wolverines. He does not have a scholarship offer from the Maize and Blue yet, but one is possible down the road.
CB Troy Vincent Jr., Baltimore (Md.) Gilman – Vincent attended the Michigan summer camp and earned a scholarship offer from the Wolverines at the time. He is the son of long-time NFL star Troy Vincent Sr.
DB Damon Webb, Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech – Webb has visited Michigan several times and has the Wolverines out in front of his recruitment. He has pulled in several quality scholarship offers and will likely be rated as a top 100 prospect next year.
QB Tyler Wiegers, Detroit (Mich.) Country Day – Wiegers attended the Michigan summer camp in June and stood out as one of the top 10 quarterbacks in attendance. He has already pulled in scholarship offers from Toledo and Western Michigan.
DB Parrker Westphal, Bolingbrook (Ill.) – From the same high school as former Wolverine corner Todd Howard, Westphal has already attracted offers from Michigan, Florida, Ohio State, West Virginia and many others.
LB William White, Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech – White attended the Michigan summer camp in June. He does not have any scholarship offers yet, but could be one to watch out for down the road.


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