UCLA Football: Michigan transfer Wilton Speight heading to Westwood

ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 16: Wilton Speight
ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 16: Wilton Speight /

The UCLA football team has added another quarterback as Michigan graduate transfer Wilton Speight will use his final season of eligibility to play for Chip Kelly and the Bruins.

It looks as if UCLA football head coach Chip Kelly will finally get his graduate transfer quarterback after all. After a week of speculation, former Michigan QB Wilton Speight announced on Instagram that he will be transferring to UCLA.

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The IG clip shows Speight decked out in Michigan gear throwing a ball to… the Rose Bowl with the UCLA logo appearing. This puts to rest rumors about Speight who showed up to check out UCLA’s spring practice a week ago.

The Bruins tried to add a graduate transfer a few weeks ago after Washington QB K.J. Carta-Samuels committed to the Bruins. Unfortuantely, because the graduate admission stanadards are high at UCLA, Carta-Samuels was unable to enroll in a program and opted for Colorado State.

Speight has apparently cleared that hurdle and will be able to join UCLA after he graduates from Michigan in May.

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Speight started the last two seasons at Michigan. Unfortuately he only played meaningful minutes in 2016 as he had to sit out most of 2017 three fractured vertebrae. In the season he was healthy, he threw for 2,536 yards, 18 touchdowns and 7 interceptions, which was under the tutelage of former UCLA offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch.

His next season quickly went south when he was injured four games into 2017 as he left the game against Purdue in the first quarter. Though he missed the rest of the season, Speight looks like he is recovered and ready to complete his college experience.

With the Michigan transfer in the mix, Bruin head coach Chip Kelly will have a handful of players to choose from to lead the Bruins in to battle this fall. Currently, Josh Rosen’s backup from 2017, Devon Modster, has been handling the majority of first team duties with Matt Lynch running mostly with the 2s. This fall, the Bruins also have dual-threat Doran Thompson-Robinson coming to Westwood, so there is no lack of depth.

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UCLA fans, Kelly does not have a QB battle going on, he has a QB war and it will be quite interesting to watch it develop. Go Bruins!