Michigan has already offered rising sophomore Josh Ross, and the Orchard Lake St. Mary's linebacker is very familiar with the school, having gone up to see older brother James Ross from a young age. Yet, today's BBQ was a little different.
"It was pretty live," father James Ross Sr. said. "It was pretty sweet because instead of a regular tour of campus, they did it like a scavenger hunt or like The Amazing Race. They gave them clues and they had to find every location, tweet a pic out, and get to the last location."
"No no, up there, they're real relaxed with him. It's the same old same old, no hard press deal."
That said, it was an opportunity to continue building the relationship between Ross and the coaches, a relationship Ross Sr. says feels like family.
"It's almost to the point come to those deals, especially Coach Mattison, we always see him, we always talk. We don't get into too much depth, just little stuff. Everybody comments on his size (6-2, 210) because the dude is so much bigger. Looking at him and he looks like somebody else, he doesn't look like my kid."
"It's like home up there," he added. "Not to say that's how we'll go with it, but with that group of guys up there, there's no pressure. It's family. It's how they do it. It's always laid back. They know and respect what kind of athlete he is."
More visits may be tough with the season starting, but there are other destinations on the hit list.
"It'd be tight but if anything is coming up, we'll get him there. No major trips probably. I definitely want to get him down to Alabama for a game. I told Blackwell (at Michigan State) he'll be down there when State gets in their pads. I would like to get him back down to Oklahoma."
Ross and St. Mary's start their season August 29th against Southfield.