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Sunday, February 24, 2013
U-M visit more than satisfies Speight

By Tom VanHaaren

Michigan had plenty of top targets on campus Saturday and Sunday, but it was also a big weekend for one of the Wolverines' three 2014 commitments. Quarterback Wilton Speight (Richmond, Va./Collegiate School) made his first trip to Ann Arbor since his commitment, and he had his decision validated by everything he saw.

"On the way home my mom and dad said they knew the coaches were some of the best in the country and that [Brady] Hoke was a good guy, but we didn't know it would be that incredible," he said. "The minor details each coach doesn't have to know, but that they do goes a long way. When I walked in they asked how my little brother was doing and that was awesome."

Speight and his family got a chance to sit down with the coaches and talk about football and a little about Michigan's roster. The family did have a few questions, but the visit was mainly about getting to know the coaches and program on a more personal level.

It also gave Speight and linebacker commit Michael Ferns (St. Clairsville, Ohio/St. Clairsville), who was also visiting, a chance to put on their recruiting hats. With big time targets on hand, the Michigan commitments went to work right away.

"I knew that Drake [Harris] was going to be a good guy, but after this weekend I consider him a good friend. His dad and my dad got really close, too," he said. "Michael and I didn't have to bend backwards to convince them how great it was. Obviously we were trying to sell the program, but the job the coaches did this weekend, really proving to all the families they're the real deal was amazing."

Speight also had a chance to interact with running back Elijah Hood (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic), who came away very impressed with Michigan. Speight said that he even started recruiting wide receiver George Campbell (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake), who is a part of the 2015 class.

"George and everyone got really close this weekend, but he and I were talking a lot," he said. "He came with Mason [Cole], and he's a young cat so he's got a couple years but he really enjoyed himself, too."

Despite the fact that none of the visiting prospects decided to commit, Speight believes the work that he and Ferns put in will pay off for the Wolverines in the near future.