Tonight, Wilton Speight announced he is leaving the Michigan program to play his final year elsewhere.
Thank you, Michigan. These past 4 years have been nothing short of spectacular. Enrolling in January of 2014 as a kid from Virginia i didn’t know what to expect. Four years later i leave a Michigan Man. The amazing memories with my teammates, playing under the best coaches in America, and enjoying everything that this wonderful university and town have to offer- what a ride. To the fans that stuck with us through thick and thin— thank you. To Coach Hoke for giving a kid with no offers a chance— thank you. To Coach Harbaugh for coming in and making me a better man and a better quarterback. For understanding this decision of mine and always having my back no matter what— thank you. I don’t know where next will be, and I’ll use these next four weeks to figure that out. i’m excited to keep pursuing my dreams in a new jersey, but will forever root for the boys wearing the winged helmet. Go blue!
His departure doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out.
Some insiders say he saw the writing on the wall with Brandon Peters and didn’t want to stick around as a backup, but reliable sources say this is Harbaugh finally cutting the cord on the Hoke era and taking control of the quarterback position.
In his post game press conference after Saturday’s 31-20 loss to Ohio State, Harbaugh was edgy and not in the mood to make excuse for his teams inability to beat the best teams on their schedule. It is clear to many that yesterday was a turning point in the Harbaugh era at Michigan. He is now going to win or lose for the first time with a quarterback that he recruited. He isn’t going to rely on Hoke’s recruits any longer and he isn’t going to beg for transfers, although I think he’d take Shea Patterson (‘Ol Miss transfer who was reportedly in Ann Arbor yesterday) or Jacob Eason who may leave the Georgia program after the season.
Harbaugh believes Peters and McCaffrey are ready to take control of position and he already knows Speight’s ceiling so why delay the inevitable any longer, it’s time for Harbaugh’s recruits to step up and lead the program.
It’s a bold move by Michigan as Speight was a very experienced starter, but the emergence of Peters and the talent they see in McCaffrey made it an easy decision for the wolverines. Pep Hamilton admitted that they under estimated Peters due to his quiet personality but was pleasantly surprised by Peters in late season action as a red-shirt freshman. The job is Peters’ to lose in the fall.
Speight’s transfer leaves the depth chart looking something like this heading into 2018.
QB: Brandon Peters (red-shirt sophomore), Dylan McCaffrey (Red-shirt freshman), Alex Malzone (senior), freshman Joe Milton (4 star from Orlando) and Kevin Doyle (3 star from Washington DC).
Unless Patterson is allowed to transfer without sitting out a year because of the allegations at Mississippi or a grad transfer emerges, that appears to be the depth chart heading into 2018.
This is what Michigan fans have been begging for since Harbaugh arrived, time to find out if he truly is “THE QB WHISPERER.”