Close to transferring, Wilton Speight happy with decision to stick it out at Michigan

Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight discusses his potential transfer he almost went through with before last season.

Life could not be better for Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight right now.

Despite all of the success he has seen on the field so far this season, it didn't come without struggles. In fact, things were looking so bleak when U-M head coach Jim Harbaugh first took over the program, Speight was set on transferring. So sure, in fact, that all that was left to do was tell the head coach his plans for departure.

"My redshirt freshman fall camp, I was on the phone with my parents like 'OK, I'm out let's find a different school,'" Speight said. "They were on board, obviously they wanted me to stay here but they were going to support my decision. I had Steve Clarkston kind of helping me out, too, on where to go. Then one morning, I woke up and I was about to go talk to coach (Harbaugh) and it just didn't feel right. So I said I would give it another week and then I started playing better and by the end of camp I was playing with the two's."

Speight told the media on Tuesday that his family had ties to North Carolina State and that was his likely destination if he went through with transferring away from U-M.

However, with a twist of fate, he decided to stick it out. At the time, Harbaugh didn't know of Speight's intentions to transfer. Of course, Speight says, both him and passing coordinator Jedd Fisch are fully aware and can laugh about it now.

"He does now," Speight said about Harbaugh. "He could probably read my body language at the time, I think Coach Fisch knew. I had talked to Coach Fisch a couple of times. They both know now, I have expressed that to both of them. Myself and those two guys are happy that I didn't."


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