At 6-foot-4 and 190 pounds, Maurice Ways already has a great frame to be an outside receiving threat at Michigan. (Daniel Mears / Detroit News)
The Detroit News will profile one of its Blue Chip recruits every day leading up to the Feb. 5 National Signing Day. Today: No. 9 player Maurice Ways.
Birmingham – Before Maurice Ways entered high school, he didn’t think there was any he’d give up playing basketball. Throughout elementary school and junior high, Ways had his mind set on playing basketball in college.
Once Ways got to Detroit Country Day, though, his goals began to change. As a freshman, Ways was convinced by varsity football coach Dan MacLean to play football. Ways played defensive back on the junior varsity that season, then was used as a receiver the next.
“I wasn’t that good,” Ways said. “It was after my sophomore year that I dedicated myself. I worked (hard) my junior year and I had a pretty good year.”
Ways was more than “pretty good” that season. He was one of the best receivers in the state. Ways had 51 receptions for 957 yards and nine touchdowns, and helped his team reach the Division 4 state championship game.
Colleges took notice and Ways committed to Michigan in April, a month after he helped Country Day’s basketball team win the Class B state title.
At 6-foot-4 and 196 pounds, Ways would have started on the basketball team this season but chose to focus his attention to football.
“It was my personal decision,” he said. “Some people didn’t agree with it. That’s OK. This is what I wanted to do. My main thing is to get better and to stay healthy.”
Ways does plan on competing in track this spring at Country Day. The 200-meter dash is his main event.