"He's a hard worker, and he watched me and Tim (Hardaway Jr.) and Nik (Stauksas) put work in to become (first-round picks), and I'm just happy he's getting better," Burke said. "It's great for the program, too. It shows what type of program the University of Michigan is and the direction it continues to go in."
Mlive has a write up about Wilton Speight and Freddy Canteen turning heads. While the Speight news is good to hear and the majority of the article was about him, he probably has little likelihood of playing this year. Canteen would help tremendously in the slot this year.
It's official--we've added seven players to the Michigan family:
- Drake Harris
- Wilton Speight
- Bryan Mone
- Freddy Canteen
- Brandon Watson
- Michael Ferns
- Mason Cole
I believe all seven of these guys are future starters. But who will make an impact in 2014? The guy with the best chance on paper is Bryan Mone, since we don't have any established players at NT. But I'm going to pick Freddy Canteen, who has freakish quickness and good speed (reported to have run a 4.43 40). If he's half the technician he appears to be on tape and is a willing blocker, then his EE conditioning might get him into the line-up early. Drake Harris is another possibility.
Speight is up against two good QBs with game experience, Watson is on a depth chart with a plethora of quality DBs (that felt good to say), Ferns is one of many talented LBs, and, finally, we should be able to redshirt all of our incoming OL, so Cole should get a year of seasoning,
Welcome to the family, and GO BLUE!
Here is Tom's weekly recruiting talk with Brad Galli from WXYZ 7.
Topics include Wilton Speight, Da'Shawn Hand, 2014/15 recruiting and the UConn game.
Q&A at DetNews with Sam Webb and two national recruiting analyst types talking progression of Speight, chances with Adoree Jackson + JuJu Smith (to create the best set of names in a defensive backfield in history), some Drake Harris talk, and Michigan's recruiting as a whole.
I believe these rankings must be relatively new, because he was unranked as of the last time I checked, which I think was last week. He is the 2nd-highest ranked 3*QB, making him a prime candidate to get that 4* status with a strong senior year. He is also just outside the top 300 overall, as the #19 QB is #297 overall.
Some chatter I've heard says he won't be making the camp circuit, but I don't know that for sure. Just thought you'd like an update on his rankings.
Greg Biggins wrote a preview of SoCal Nike Camp, and had some very nice words to say about Wilton Speight:
Making the road trip from the Midwest is Michigan commit Wilton Speight. The Richmond (Va.) Collegiate School product is a big, strong quarterback with a powerful arm and he can make every throw on the field. He’s very solid mechanically, has made huge strides in the last year and has a very big upside to him.
Full article here: