BEVERLY HILLS, Mich. -- Enrolling at Detroit (Mich.) Country Day high school as a freshman just under three years ago, Maurice Ways had the vision of playing basketball with the idea his hoops game could carry him into college on a full scholarship. Now a junior, soon to be senior, Ways dream of heading to college with a scholarship in hand is almost complete, it just so happens that when he does step on campus at the University of his choice, he’ll be wearing football pads.
A 6-4, 196-pound wide receiver that is still growing according to his doctors, Ways is the vertical threat on the outside college football coaches are looking for.
Michigan, making the full transition to a power running, pro-style offense, puts a premium on big, physical targets -- a role Ways could see himself fitting into in Ann Arbor.
“They’ve got Devin Gardner and Shane Morris behind him, and another guy (Wilton Speight) in my class, so they’re going to the more traditional NFL type offense,” Ways told GoBlueWolverine. “They need big receivers and a strong running back.
“They’re starting to build that, they got that in Derrick Green, and they brought in three guys last year, and offered some guys this year, and Drake (Harris) committed.”
With Harris in the fold for the Wolverines, two more spots remain at wide receiver in the 2014 class, and Michigan is hoping Ways might fill one of them after offering him a scholarship Thursday night.
“It was very surprising if anything,” said Ways. “Coach Heck and coach Borges came to watch me workout yesterday just as an evaluation period, just ran some routes. They couldn’t talk to me because of the recruiting rules.
“So I gave them a call last night and he was actually in the car with coach Borges and they were just talking, asking me how I thought the workout went and then gave coach Borges the phone and offered me a scholarship.”
Once the offer was officially extended, Ways couldn’t hold back his excitement. Growing up, Ways considered himself a Michigan State basketball fan but also a Michigan football fan, and thinking about the possibility of suiting up in the big house was almost enough to secure an on the spot commitment.
“It’s a huge possibility now,” said Ways. “I’ve got a scholarship so it’s a good chance. But my parents were very excited, growing up a Michigan fan, being in the state of Michigan, playing for Michigan football it just seems like the right thing to do.
“But once again I do want to wait my options and not rush into anything and make sure it’s the right fit for me and my family as a football player and as a young man.”
Ways will head to East Lansing to take in Michigan State’s spring football game Saturday but also added he’s in the process of setting up a return trip to Ann Arbor in the coming weeks. The Spartans have not offered as of yet but that could change this weekend.
To watch the full interview with Ways and hear the young man discuss his relationship with the coaching staff at Michigan, his contact with Drake Harris, and more, press play below.