Wilton Speight (2014 QB commit) highly praised

Submitted by team126 on March 10th, 2013 at 10:07 AM

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.

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March 10th, 2013 at 10:12 AM ^

Someone needs to get Biggins a map.  B1G expansion rumors aside, I didn't know Richmond is now considered part of the Midwest. 

Nice little blurb btw.


March 10th, 2013 at 10:15 AM ^

This kid seems like a great find for the coaching staff.  He will continue to rise in the rankings all year.  Provided Devin stays 2 more years, the QB battle between Shane Morris and Wilton Speight will be fun to watch.  Whoever wins that battle will be very good.


March 10th, 2013 at 10:53 AM ^

I mean, "Wilton" is a girl's name right? His middle name is probably "fannypack."

But seriously, I took a quick glance at TTB and his Hello post here, and the gist seems to be something like "it's not a huge deal, but his arm isn't the strongest." TTB also suggested that his mechanics are kinda rough because of bad OLine play (e.g., lots of throwing off the back foot, can't follow through, etc). That would obviously limit the zip you can put on a ball.

Either way, it's always nice to hear good things about future Michigan players.

EDIT: It just occurred to me that Speight shares a name sake with Wilt Chamberlain. That guy slept with 20,000 women and fought Conan (the barbarian, not the talk show host). Expectations are rising fast!


March 10th, 2013 at 10:56 AM ^

He tossed about 20 passes before Hecklinski, Michigan's receivers coach and recruiting coordinator, said that was enough.

I could have stopped you after five passes. Everything I'm seeing now is everything we've seen on film, Speight said

If we accept that, either we need the pundits for coaches, or our coaches evaluate players better than those folks.


March 10th, 2013 at 10:44 AM ^

My family has friends who've lived in Richmond for awhile, and the locals say he might be better than Russell Wilson (played at Collegiate).  I'm not saying I believe it, but it's always nice to hear your under the radar QB commit might be NFL quality one day.  


March 10th, 2013 at 11:28 AM ^

I don't know why it would be so impossible to be better than Russel Wilson. He obviously wasn't that fantastic in high school or he would've probably been at a better school than NC State. Also he was undersized. I think I would trust the direct observations of the locals in a football crazy state more than the guys who have seen 5 minutes of highlights.


March 10th, 2013 at 11:45 AM ^

..I live in Richmond right now. And I can tell you, although there are parts of the state that are 'football crazy', they're more centered in the VA Beach/Hampton Roads area. The Richmond area will produce a good football player every now and then (like Derrick Green), but they most often come from Hermitage, LC Bird, or Varina. The rest of this area, especially Speight's league, is...well...not so football crazy or talented. 

Also, not that I doubt that the guy's relatives have heard that, but I remember hearing that one of my friend's classmates in HS (Blake DeChristopher) was going to be the best thing since Duane Brown, the all-pro left tackle from Hermitage (who at that time was being hyped up as a 1st round pick), that he was going to be better than Joe Thomas (who was the 3rd overall pick in the 2007 draft), etc. He ended up being a solid starter for VT, but nothing more. He was signed as an UDFA by the Cardinals and cut about 3 days later.

So I don't doubt that he heard that, but the point is locals will always tend to hype up their own. I'm not sure you can really use them as an objective standard. 


March 10th, 2013 at 2:03 PM ^

I qualified my statement by saying I'm not sure I believe it.  Of course you always take local word of mouth with a grain of salt, in the same way we take the local coach's praise with a grain of salt.  It's a little opinion by people closer to the program to tide us over until we see him scouted better.  


March 10th, 2013 at 1:01 PM ^

We moved from Detroit to SWVA and football is ALL there is for that side of the state. I attended Richlands High school and we have won several state titles and when there is a home game the majority of the whole town is there. I played with Mike Compton who spent eight years with the Lions and current Steeler TE Heath Miller is from there as well. In addition Ahmad Bradshaw is from the area as well. The problem is population.......about 40k in the entire county area. I would argue that football is the only sport followed west of Roanoke.


March 10th, 2013 at 10:49 AM ^

From the highlights I have seen he like to throw the touch pass more often than just firing it around.  That seems to be the biggest misconception about him.


March 10th, 2013 at 12:47 PM ^

You can't assume he has a fastball if all he throws are change-ups. However, you also can't conclude he DOESN'T have a fastball. So while people probably can't just assume he has a big arm, you also can't totally disregard reports that he does have a big arm.

As the zen master said, we'll see.


March 10th, 2013 at 5:56 PM ^

Another thing to consider is that the WR's he's throwing to may not be able to catch the NFL passes or even college for that matter so he can't just chuck it in there.

If the coaches say he can make every throw then I think we can also say he can make every throw. Even though Rivals or Scout says he can't based off his film.


March 10th, 2013 at 12:56 PM ^

what often distinguishes top QB's from the others has as much, or more, to do with what's between the ears as it does with their physical abilities. More guys have one or the other (physical or mental skill sets) than the gifted players who combine both.

Ryan Leaf anyone? (No, I am not suggesting we have a Leaf type persona on our hands)


March 10th, 2013 at 1:04 PM ^

Ok, so here's the play:

We cut both Morris and Speight in half, vertically. We sew the opposing halves together, and put the left-hand-Morris-with-right-hand-Speight in as the starting QB. The left hand will be the cannon, the right hand will be the touch passer. As for the right-hand-Morris-with-left-hand-Speight...well, we'll just agree not to discuss that.

I call it the "Reverse Solomon."


March 10th, 2013 at 11:50 AM ^

the reviews AFTER the camp.

Hopefully he exceeds Biggins preview and Wilton starts building some hype with the kids - which will strengthen his recruiting credibility with receiving guys like Drake and Marshon.


March 10th, 2013 at 3:53 PM ^

it was an interesting comment that Devin's redshirt was a factor for Drake - he's not content to base a decision on Shane's potential.

My point wasn't for who throws the passes. My point is elite guys listen more to other elite guys than to a 2-star. Speight is supposedly working on Drake and Adoree - it would be great to see a bunch of playmakers look up to Wilton as a top QB since he is our O salesman.