Speight ditches MI, headed to UCLA

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The Bruins tried to add a graduate transfer a few weeks ago after Washington QB K.J. Carta-Samuels committed to the Bruins.

Former Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight announced on Instagram his intention to come to UCLA as a grad transfer Thursday.

Speight started 11 games in the 2016 season for the Wolverines and suffered an injury to his shoulder area that hindered his season. He announced in November that he would be pursuing a graduate transfer opportunity.

Chip Kelly struck out with his first attempt at a grad transfer quarterback, but the UCLA head coach reeled in another Thursday. It is not known if he has been accepted into a graduate program at the school, she wrote.

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Speight's injury eventually opened the door for transfer John O'Korn and eventually Brandon Peters to becoming the starting quarterback for MI. 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. The Bruins are slated to only have two other quarterbacks on the roster for 2018: redshirt sophomore Devon Modster and incoming true freshman (and former MI recruiting target) Dorian Thompson-Robinson.

At UCLA, Speight will join former MI offensive analyst Jimmie Dougherty, who is now the passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach for the Bruins.

Brandon Peters is returning along with Dylan McCaffrey, and Joe Milton will be an incoming freshman.