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Sunday, February 3, 2013
Wilton Speight impresses in workout

By Dave Hooker

After a personal workout, Wilton Speight could be days away from his first scholarship offer.

The junior quarterback from Richmond (Va.) Collegiate showed off his skills to Michigan receivers coach Jeff Hecklinski  on Friday. By all accounts, Speight did well.

"He was telling my coach that after five passes that coming down was worth the trip and everything he saw on my film was what he saw in person, which was what he was hoping for," Speight said of Hecklinski's evaluation. "It went really well. … In my opinion I threw really well. I threw one pass that was a little wobbly but I was just having a good time with my receivers. I thought I did completely fine."

Speight didn't receive an offer immediately after the workout. One, however, could be on the way. Hecklinski told Speight's coach to be ready for a phone call on Wednesday morning and to have Speight nearby.

"He told my coach that the Michigan coaches have talked and I'm one of the top three (junior) quarterbacks in their eyes in the country," Speight said.

The other two, Hecklinski said, are Michael O'Connor from Bradenton (Fla.) IMG and David Cornwell from Norman (Okla.) North. All three could soon garner scholarship offers.

"There's no particular order," Speight said, recalling what Hecklinski told his coach. "On Monday the coaches are going to get off the road and get back in the office and talk to decide what they're going to do."

The news of Michigan's strong attention spread fast among other schools. Alabama, Southern California and West Virginia showed recent interest. Virginia Tech offered up some encouragement late last week from running backs coach Shane Beamer and offensive coordinator Scott Loeffler.

"Shane Beamer sent me an email saying, 'good luck' and I needed to get up there and visit with coach Loeffler soon," Speight said. "I heard from Southern Cal the other night."