Scout Rating: ***
Scout Rank: #30 QB
Vitals: 6’6 / 225
Hometown: Richmond (Va.) Collegiate
His Recruiting Story:
Speight broke his collarbone and missed all of his junior season. However, he was permitted to re-classify as a junior again upon rehabbing and turned in a good campaign. He also put in hours upon hours of work with quarterback guru Steve Clarkson. He visited Michigan that fall and was hearing from many programs around the country. However, it took until February, after Wolverines assistant Jeff Hecklinski paid him a visit and watched him throw, for the Wolverines to offer. Speight accepted nearly instantly and began recruiting on behalf of the Wolverines. As a senior, he was selected to the Under Armour All-American Game.
He is a big kid with prototypical pocket passer size. For a kid that big, he can slide around in the pocket, make rushers miss and throw on the move. He isn’t a dual threat, but he isn’t a statue either. He does a nice job of keeping plays alive. He has worked hard on his mechanics, but still needs to refine those. His level of competition in high school was a concern but he alleviated some of that with his week at the Under Armour game. – Scout.com national analyst Allen Trieu
“The education I am going to get a Michigan is just going to be incredible. Just to carry on the high school degree I am going to get here, and roll right into a place like University of Michigan—is amazing. That offer had a huge part of what I was factoring in. And to top it all off, I don’t know if there is a better fan base in the country for football or basketball. I saw Michigan get the win last night. I can’t wait to play in front of 110,000 people in the Big House, ‘cause they bleed it. I was really honored and it was a no brainer.” – Wilton Speight
With Devin Gardner coming back and Shane Morris coming into his sophomore year, Speight has a buffer there to be able to sit and learn. However, he’s a highly competitive kid who plays on competing right away. He has classic Wolverine quarterback size, but will have to adjust to the speed of the college game and pick up the offense before he makes a serious push for playing time, but enrolling early will definitely help him get a jump on that.