Ways Encouraged by UM & MSU Visits

Detroit Country Day (Mich.) junior wide receiver Maurice Ways visited Michigan and Michigan State recently and says both may be close to offering.

Detroit Country Day wide receiver Maurice Ways kicked off his spring break by visiting Michigan and Michigan State this weekend.

East Lansing was first for the 6'4, 190-lb receiver and while he had been up there before, getting to see the atmosphere surrounding the Spartans' spring practice was important for him.

"It was great. I went to the spring practice and sat in on a team meeting. I sat in on a position meeting. It was a good ride. The team meeting was very informal. It was actually kind of laid back, but very educational. The receivers group seem like they're all friends off the field, like brothers almost. Coach Samuels is a great coach. The way he teaches, he makes it light, makes the game enjoyable. I enjoyed that."

Then he had a chance to see the team hit the field.

"Practice was good. They did drill work and it was competitive. When they did one one ones, it was very intense. They talk trash a lot, got physical, but everybody was getting better and having fun. They were playing music. The vibe of practice was great. I think it fits my game well. That's how I like to play. I like to have fun while playing football."

Ways landed a Kansas offer this weekend, his second BCS offer to go along with Iowa. He has also been offered by a number of MAC schools. Will Michigan State be next?

"When I was leaving, Coach Salem he told me that they're close. I don't really know what that means, but he said they're close, so I took that as very positive. Their interest level is very high and we're continuing to build a relationship. Hopefully an offer will come to me some time soon in the future."

Ways has been to East Lansing and had an idea they were interested prior to this visit. At Michigan, on the other hand, this was a new experience and he says he was caught off guard by what the Maize and Blue had to say.

"The Michigan interest level is higher than I expected actually. They all like my tape and think I'm a Michigan man. It was a great visit. It was my first time up there, so I was kind of blown away for the first visit. I'm very glad I went. I talked to Coach Singletary, Coach Hecklinski, and Coach Borges. They were really good and they're very high on me. We talked about the camp this summer."

Everything went so well that Ways plans to be back soon.

"They're getting to know me and I'm getting to know them. I'm very excited to be able to visit. I got very positive vibes, and I'm encouraged about my future with Michigan. I'll probably make another visit up there in the next two weeks."

As for practice, Ways caught Michigan on a good day, one where he really got to see the team go at it.

"It was a scrimmage that day, I didn't know that, They did blue versus white. Dennis Norfleet got hit very hard. You could hear it and it kind of knocked the wind out of him. Even in practice, it showed how hard they were going. It was March and they don't play for another six months, but the intensity was high and it was a game like atmosphere. Everyone was flying around, hitting each other, making plays, and on a mission to win. It was so fast and so live. Michigan is all about business. They work very hard it and still have fun doing it. It was a great example once again and fits my game also."

Ways visits Ohio State tomorrow.

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