With each passing day, Wilton Speight's commitment to Michigan makes more and more sense.
Tuesday's accepted invitation (via Twitter) to the Under Armour All-America Game should tell fans what they're getting.
Yes, the 6'6", 230-pound, pro-style quarterback has a rifle arm with touch to boot. So don't let the recruiting services' tardiness in ranking Speight fool you. Granted, 247Sports' 3-star rating was the only one given to the 2014 commit, but there's plenty of reason for the delay.
Wilton Speight @WiltonSpeight
“@BBlueRecruiting: On top of the invite, 2014 QB commit @WiltonSpeight has accepted the UA AllAmerican game invite. Congrats Wilton!”thanks!2/19/2013, 6:27:56 PM
Not only does Speight play for the under-the-radar Richmond (Va.) Collegiate High Cougars, but he also missed the entire 2011 season because of a broken collarbone.
Before his injury, the recruiting process was hot and heavy, but after the necessary surgery and long rehabilitation, the coaches backed off.
Speight went ahead and hired quarterback coach Steve Clarkson of California to help with his mechanics.
The hire must have helped, because Speight passed for 2,900 yards and 32 touchdowns during the 2012 season.
“He (Clarkson) just really helps,” Speight told Scout.com. “The way he knows how to perfect everything a quarterback needs to have down. And to top it off, he has a very close relationship with (Michigan offensive coordinator) Al Borges. So everything just really came into place well and worked out perfectly.”
Michigan most likely got the word on Speight from the relationship between Borges and Clarkson. Plus, the relentless pursuit of Derrick Green just seven miles up the road (at Hermitage High) didn't hurt.
On the Friday before national signing day, Michigan wide receivers coach Jeff Hecklinski flew down to Richmond for a private workout with Speight.
“…That’s all he needed to see,” Speight explained to Scout.com. “He said they would make a decision on Monday, this Monday all the coaches would. And we would hear from coach (Brady) Hoke on Wednesday, which is this morning.”
Michigan's offer and Speight's commitment were as good as gold.
Speight expects to be in Ann Arbor for spring practice 2014, perhaps with ideas of following another famous Cougar quarterback.
Russell Wilson, who played his final season for Collegiate in 2007, went on to star at North Carolina State, Wisconsin and now the NFL Seattle Seahawks.