Maurice Ways may be relatively new to the receiver game, but he is proving to be a quick study. After a breakout showing during his first varsity season on the gridiron last year, he is busy this offseason trying to hone his skills. One of his biggest steps toward that end took place at last weekend’s Nike Football Training Camp in Addison, Illinois.
“I think I did very well,” said Ways of the event. “I think I definitely got better competing against the best corners in the country and I got the best coach in the country. I’m just trying to get better every day and trying to perfect my craft. I’m just really trying to get better. “
“I’ve been playing receiver for a short span now, so I’m trying to figure out how to be a receiver -- the techniques and the physical part about it, and just perfecting my craft so when I get to college I can be the best I can be. The sky is the limit for me. Just keep working hard and I’ll hit my potential when its time.”
Physically Ways was able to overpower almost every defensive back he faced. That, though, didn’t always result in him getting open. One of the camps biggest lessons was the importance of mastering the nuances of the position.
“Definitely more crisp routes, run better routes, and just get stronger on the line and just compete better,” stated Ways describing what he took away from his time in the Land of Lincoln. “I went through some drills with the coaches -- footwork drills and route running drills. I’m going to take that back home and get better by myself.”
Competition will also aid in his improvement. Ways’ friendly rival at the camp turned out to be his future teammate, Drake Harris. The two Wolverines-to-be brought out the best in one another.
“We were definitely sticking together going through drills and one on ones just trying to compete against each other -- just seeing who could make the best catch or run the best routes,” he recalled. It was really fun. Drake is a great player -- a great receiver -- very athletic, very fast, (and he) catches the ball with his hands and his eyes. At the college level, sky is the limit for him.”
Ways believes sees the same type of high ceiling for another camp attendee, Southfield (MI) DE, Lawrence Marshall. A prior connection between the two youngsters could prove to be an asset for the Maize & Blue.
“Me and Lawrence talk all of the time,” said Ways. “I’ve known Lawrence since I was in middle school. We played AAU basketball with “The family” together. So I’ve known him for a long time. I know what to say to him, I know how to push his buttons. I’m going to stay on him until the end of the month and he commits.”
“If I know him like I know him, I think when it’s all said and done I think he ‘ll make the right choice -- and the right choice is going blue. I’m looking forward to the end the month. Hopefully he’ll be a part of team 135. “