Ways had to 'Prove' critics wrong at SMSB

U-M '14 WR commit Maurice Ways talks about his performance, who's next to commit and more.

SOUTHFIELD, Mich.--Michigan wide receiver commit Maurice Ways came to the Sound Mind, Sound Body football camp with something "prove" after his sub-par performance at the NFTC Chicago last month.

And this time Ways didn't disappoint, as the 6-foot-4, 190-punder, used every bit of his physical playing style and dominated the 1-on-1s in Fridays competition.

"Definitely, I was playing with a chip on my shoulder," said Ways, who stars for Detroit Country Day High. "I got to prove people wrong. I was after myself to do better on the field. I really don't listen to people criticizing me or talking about me. I proved what I need to prove to Michigan coaches that I am good player. So from here on out I'm just working with my coaches to get better and be the best wide receiver that I can be.

"Today was real fun. I came out and competed. I was able to work with coach Hecklinski and all the other Michigan coaches and just have fun. I really got better working on my technique and my craft."

Rated a three-star prospect, Ways was the eighth player to commit to Michigan's 2014 class. And in early May one of Ways' childhood friends, Southfield '14 defensive end Lawrence Marshall decided to join him in this year's class.

"That was huge man," said Ways on the commitment of Marshall. "Me and Lawrence have been friends since middle school. And to have him come to Michigan with me and be that big impact on the team was a great feeling. Lawrence is a great defensive end, and he'll get better when he gets there. And just having the bond going into college and it will be a great feeling playing with him.

"I'm excited and our class is great. We got the best players from each position. We're just trying to mesh as a family and trying to build a winning program. We will be something to be messed with the next four to five years."

Currently, Michigan has 12 commitments and has roughly six to eight spots remaining in the '14 class. Along with Ways, U-M has the commitment from Scout's No. 4 WR Drake Harris and are looking to sign one more receiver in this year's class. Ways has his own opinion on who that wide receiver commit will be.

"If I could say myself, it would be (East Lake High, Tarpon Springs, Fla. Wide receiver) Artavis Scott," Ways said. "Tay Scott would add that third dimension to the team. We already got me and Drake on the outside and put that slot in with Tay and we a threat to mess with. If everything goes well then Tay Scott will be the third receiver."

Ways said he plans on camping at Michigan Mon-Wed this week. After his camp visit with Michigan, he said he will center all of his attention on his senior season at Country Day.

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