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Commits, de-commits and an unusual story formed the 2018, No. 3 recruitment class

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John Beilein did things “Michigan’s way” and finalized the No. 3 overall recruitment class in the country during the span of two weeks with FBI investigations and scandals in college basketball. Here’s how.

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College basketball has been all over the place the last two weeks with different news and scandals on recruiting coming about all over the landscape.

John Beilein during that time, wasn't even worried about it.

It’s not what “Michigan’s all about”.

“If parents or prospects are looking for (illegal recruitment acts) they are not talking with me and we’re off their list immediately,” Beilein said during his press conference Wednesday afternoon. “They know it’s not happening here and I’m not dealing with it.

“It may not get us some recruits but we don’t want those (recruits).”

Beilein said he didn't worry about FBI investigation exposing the deep secrets that go on in NCAA basketball, and instead kept on his own recruitment trail and locked down future players.

What did he lock down exactly? The overall No. 3 recruitment class in the country for 2018.

After four-star Colin Castleton committed to Michigan this morning, the Wolverines have a recruiting score of 63.24, their best since 2012 and the second-best since the system was implemented in 2000.

Michigan added four four-star players in the top 150 in the nation according to the 247Sports Composite. The class consists of David DeJulius, Adrien Nunez, Ignas Brazdeikis, Brandon Johns and Castleton who are projected to play different positions.

Regardless of who stays or leaves Michigan after the 2017-18 season, the depth on their roster has been lifted up.

With all of this being said, Michigan is already one player over the scholarship limit (which the Big Ten rules proves legal), most likely meaning they are done adding to their 2018 class while other schools are still filling up gaps on their rosters.

Moritz Wagner has already tested the NBA Draft waters but elected to stay in college for at least one more season. If Wagner were to declare for the draft after the 2017-18 campaign, that would open up enough spots for everyone on Michigan’s current 2018 scholarship allotment.

However, the scenario behind all of this lining up wasn't that simple.

It started with Brazdeikis who committed as the fourth member of the class on Sept. 22, making him the 13th member and filling the final open slot for 2018-19. A week later, Taylor Currie, who verbally committed in June, de-committed from Michigan and instead reopened his recruitment.

Then this past week, Nunez committed on Monday evening and Castleton committed on Wednesday morning, both as pledged commits for 2018.

Three commits and one de-commit in a span of two weeks finally solved the puzzle of how Michigan’s future looks, or did it?

The last piece falls onto Currie and why he would chose to not stick with Michigan, and then immediately after two recruits were secured by the Wolverines.

Currie was originally recruited as a 2019 class member but the idea was spun around of him reclassifying to 2018. Beilein was open to the idea but couldn't make any promises about a redshirt opportunity so early.

According to The Athletic, Luke Yaklich was involved with Castleton before he came to be an assistant coach at Michigan.

The Wolverines were more in need of game-ready big man to step in, and the former Illinois State assistant called Castleton and got Michigan involved with his recruitment, something they never pursued before.

The story goes on, but nevertheless, Michigan could see the future being bright for Castleton and him being more ready and without a guaranteed redshirt year for Currie, the decision had to be made.

Regardless of how it lines up and out of the norm Michigan’s 2018 recruitment class was assembled, they have the third-highest ranked 2018 classes in the nation.

For now, it would be hard to argue against saying the future is bright for this Michigan basketball program.