Ex-Wolverine Speight indicates he’ll transfer to UCLA

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News

Ann Arbor — It appears former Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight has landed at UCLA.

Speight posted on his Instagram Thursday night a video of himself in a Michigan uniform throwing and the next image was of the Rose Bowl with “UCLA” superimposed.

“New chapter,” Speight wrote, adding a rose emoji.

Speight is a graduate transfer and will be immediately eligible to play.

Speight started for Michigan the last two seasons, but he was sidelined after suffering three fractured vertebrae in the Big Ten opener at Purdue on Sept. 23. He announced after the season he would transfer from Michigan and graduated on Dec. 17.

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Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said during a recent “The Harbaugh’s Podcast” that Speight could return to the Wolverines.

“I don’t rule it out completely,” Harbaugh said on the podcast. “He’s weighing some options … but hasn’t closed the door on coming back.”

Speight, however, told The News, that was not a real consideration.

“We haven’t had any discussions where I’ve asked to come back, but he has reminded me the door is open every time we’ve spoken,” Speight said at the time. “He said that the door would be open ever since the day I told him I’m leaving. I love Coach and that team and Ann Arbor and that won’t ever change.”

Speight has been working out in southern California since leaving Ann Arbor.

When Speight revealed his decision to leave, there were mixed reactions among the Michigan fan base. Some understood the decision, others took exception to it.

“I don’t put much, if any, stock into that type of stuff,” Speight said recently “While those three losses by a total of five or so points stung (at the end of 2016), I was happy to never lose on Main Street as a starter. I have no bitterness toward any of those fans that hate.”

During his Michigan career, Speight was 257-of-437 for 3,192 yards. He completed 58.8 percent of his career passes and had 22 touchdowns to 10 interceptions

As a first-year starter in 2016, he completed nearly 62 percent of his passes. He was 204-of-331 for 2,538 yards and 18 touchdowns.