Wilton Speight's college football future is still up in the air. At the end of the 2017 season, Speight announced that he would be heading elsewhere for his final collegiate season. That situation has changed a bit in the ensuing months, however. Michigan still awaits a decision on the status of superstar Ole Miss transfer Shea Patterson.
If Patterson is allowed to play right away, he is the presumptive starter for Jim Harbaugh's club. The former five-star recruit had a very promising start to his career in Oxford. He left the Rebels program after the drama surrounding head coach Hugh Freeze, and the program's NCAA violations. It seems like there is a good chance that he will be permitted to play right away for the Wolverines.
If not, however, there is a chance that Speight could stay. In late January, the Detroit Free Pressreported that Speight could play his final year in Ann Arbor after all.
“A source with knowledge of former Michigan starter Wilton Speight’s thinking told the Free Press on Thursday the quarterback would be open to returning to the Wolverines next season if incoming transfer Shea Patterson is ruled ineligible for 2018 by the NCAA.”
">Jim Harbaugh verified that Speight could be back. He graduates from Michigan in May, and it sounds like the chance to start is the main driving force in his decision.
“I don’t rule it out completely. Wilton is going to be a graduate transfer…Wilton graduates in May, and he’s weighing some of his options. He’s first taking a look and seeing what else is out there to see who is need of a starting quarterback, but he hasn’t closed the door on coming back.”
Speight could be a bridge between Darnold and star recruit J.T. Daniels, who is very young given his reclassification from the 2019 class to 2018. It is unclear if there is interest there, but another Los Angeles power could be an option.
On Thursday, Speight posted video from UCLA to his Instagram story. The Bruins also lose their star quarterback, former top recruit Josh Rosen, to the NFL Draft, where he is also projected as a top pick.
Wilton Speight was seen at UCLA practice speaking to former Bruins star QB Brett Hundley.
Wilton Speight has battled injuries throughout his Michigan career. Last season, he appeared in four games, completing 44-of-81 passes for 581 yards, three touchdowns, and eight interceptions. Even if Patterson is not eligible to play right away, there is no guarantee that he would win the starting job. Sophomore quarterback Brandon Peters, who played late last season, will be involved, as will redshirt freshman Dylan McCaffrey, the former five-star recruit who sat out last season.