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WolverineNation Mailbag

5/9/2012
John Beilein hopes to duplicate recent recruiting success by inking more players in the early period. AP Photo/Tony Ding

We're now into the months where football and basketball recruiting take precedence (though that might be true for every month depending on who you are), but we'll be here all summer to keep answering your questions and prompting discussion, whether that be about recruiting, football, basketball or desserts.

We love hearing from our readers and next week Mike will handle the mailbag, so email your questions to him at michaelrothsteinespn@gmail.com or tweet them to @mikerothstein.

But now, on to this week's questions…

Jason Lustig, via Twitter: Do you foresee (Michigan basketball coach John) Beilein getting a bunch of early commitments for the class of 2014 like he did last June for the 2013 class?

CJ: I think it's a strong possibility. It's sort of like what's going on with Michigan's 2013 and 2014 football classes right now. Because Brady Hoke and his staff got such an early and strong start with the 2013 kids, they were able to start evaluating and forming relationships with 2014 guys.

I think Beilein and his staff have had more of an opportunity to look forward sooner than usual because of the success they had with their signees in the 2012 class and their early commits in the 2013 class (Mark Donnal, Zak Irvin, Derrick Walton and Austin Hatch). That being said, surprises always happen, but I think Beilein will have some early commits this summer who should make the fans happy.

Peter, New York: It seems like there were tons of Cass Tech kids there this weekend at the NFTC (in Columbus, Ohio). What's going on with that program? Why do they have so many good players?

CJ: The head coach is former Michigan running back Thomas Wilcher and he has done a good job of creating a program that produces college talent. And what's nice about Wilcher is that he's not only interested in sending kids big-name FBS schools. He knows not everyone can play in the Big Ten, so he also finds scholarships and playing time and spots for his players who still want to play college ball but aren’t ready for the bigger schools.

Even at Ohio Dominican (where the event was held), he told me he had sent two guys to play there. And once the event was over, he took all of the Cass Tech guys to Ohio State for a visit. He loves football and he loves coaching. And on top of that, he's a great teacher of the game.

He has a good staff that's very focused on producing talent. When a school can send players to the next level and it's a school of choice, top athletes in Detroit will go to that school. It's kind of a perfect storm, and with the talent they have there now, expect them to be dominant for many years.

Tyler Desy, via Twitter: How are Michigan's chances with (2012 wide receiver recruit) Laquon Treadwell?

CJ: Michigan is definitely still in the mix, but don't expect to hear something too soon. Treadwell is planning on waiting to make a decision. He told Tom that he would take around four official visits and then decide after his senior season (so think November). There's plenty of time between now and then, but for now, the Wolverines are doing well. The last visit he took to Ann Arbor for the spring game helped Michigan a lot.