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3-star prospect Maurice Ways considered one of metro-Detroit’s top prepsters
By Staff Writer on Fri, Apr 5, 2013 3:32pm


At 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds, two-sport phenom Maurice Ways has Division-I size. He’s a late-bloomer when it comes to the gridiron, but he’s getting more and more praise as weeks progress.

The 3-star rated prospect is considered to be one of metro-Detroit’s top prepsters. Ways has offers from Iowa, Western Michigan, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan and Kansas; along with offers from Kansas, Bowling Green and Ball State.

Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State are reportedly interested (according to

And while he just completed an outstanding run with Detroit Country Day’s basketball team – winning a Class B state title March 24 – he’s excited to get back to work in regards to football with Yellowjackets signal-caller Tyler Weigers, one of the best in the Midwest.

"That actually started today," Ways told March 26 (via Josh Helmholdt). "I went to the weight room and got in some lifting. Later this week I am going to start throwing passes with [DCD quarterback] Tyler [Wiegers] and we'll get that routine back. There are no days off, and today I am back in a football [mindset]."

Ways tells that he has visits scheduled with Michigan State and Ohio State, and that he plans to do the same with Minnesota, Pitt, Iowa and Michigan “real soon.”

What makes Ways’ recruitment so special is the fact that he’s only played football for a short time. He’s done more in a few short years than most have.

Via Maize and Brew:

I've only been playing football for three years; last year was my first year of varsity. My first love was basketball, and I really wanted to play college basketball. When I got to Country Day my coaches told me I could be really good if I worked at football, so I took it all in and started working really hard. Especially last summer, when it was my first year on varsity, I shot up and exceeded my own expectations. It got my confidence up and motivated me, the fact that I could be great if I worked hard at it. I'm just working hard and trying to get better for next season.

Ways tells Maize and Brew that getting an offer from Michigan would be ideal and that his mother wants him to attend the university. He “grew up” on Wolverines football, and playing for them is a distinct possibility.

The Detroit Country Day junior is a classic case of a young man tapping his potential later than sooner. Oftentimes, athletes spend their lives playing a sport to catch the slightest attention that Ways has received. Remember, he’s only played varsity football for a year, so another season at the highest prep level will only make him all the more intelligent when it comes to running routes and learning technique.

At this time, Ways is a modestly rated prep. However, give him another fall with the Yellowjackets and it’s possible that he could vault up to 4-star status, making him an even hotter commodity.

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