Michigan Football Recruiting: Maurice Ways (WR) -- 2014 Wolverine Verbal Commit -- Profile

Posted at 7:30am — 4/27/2013

Michigan Football Recruiting: Maurice Ways (WR) — 2014 Wolverine Verbal Commit — Profile

GBMWolverine Readers: Here is an overview of recent verbal commitment Maurice Ways.

In a whirlwind week for Michigan receiver recruiting, Maurice Ways joined Ian Bunting in committing to Michigan. As such, the receiver and tight end allotment for 2014 maybe down to one more candidate, two at the most.

Mo Ways is an interesting story. Here is a young guy who truly wanted a coveted offer from Michigan. On a recent visit with his family, Mo was offered after months of waiting. The offer was extended even though Michigan is still in on a minimum of three or four higher profile recruits. But at Michigan, bleeding blue counts for more than a hearty handshake.

Mo, like recent commit Drake Harris, at one time considered himself a basketball prospect, and like Harris, his talents have been utilized the last few years on the football field. Mo is not an unknown, and he is not a premiere top 100 recruit. Mo does have size and some pretty good athletic ability. Mo attends a good academic school and there is nothing to indicate he will not be another solid student and citizen.

Like the other recruiting targets, Mo Ways likes to go up and get the ball and make the big catch. Elite receivers may contribute quickly, but hundreds of others who commit to university football develop at different rates with different levels of success. Again, time will tell.

Like Ian Bunting, Michigan is seeing the future with Mo Ways

Maurice Ways
Height: 6’3
Weight: 195
Number: 9
Current Position: Wide Receiver
Future Position: Wide Receiver
City/State: Beverly Hills, Michigan
High School: Detroit Country Day
Head Coach: Dan Maclean
Recruiter: Coach Al Borges and Coach Jeff Hecklinski
Committed: 4/25/2013
Top 5 other Offers: Iowa, Kansas, Ohio, Rutgers, and Pittsburgh.
Class: 2014 Michigan Wolverine Recruiting Class (Verbal Commit).

Follow Mo: on Twitter

Rankings:

24/7: .
ESPN: N/R.
Rivals: .
Scout: .

Note: Stars do matter, but are not absolute in predicting success within a football program. So, with that in mind the GBMWolverine Staff has cleverly come up with a new system of ranking. We are using footballs instead of stars, how can one argue against a system that clever? Below are the interpretations of football power predicted way too boldly long before it matters. In other words, we will give informed opinion with the crystal ball and let the players determine what will happen through years of hard work.

Criteria: Raw talent, athleticism, position of need, intangibles.

GBMWolverine Rankings (Very Early):

10 footballs: Instant impact player.
9 footballs: Three or four-year starter at a high level.
8 footballs: A starter with all league potential.
7 footballs: A meaningful starter at some time during a career.

6 footballs: A spot starter or special teams player.
5 footballs: Not in the two deep after a two years.
4 footballs: Never made it.
1-3 footballs: See the above.

Side Note:

Remember just as we did during the season with grading positions or groups we are very tough graders and expect a lot out of those positions or players so this is no different here.

Overview:

Mo is exactly what the current UM staff wants in a wide receiver. He has superior height and length, good hands, and above average speed. He attends one of the top prep schools in Midwest, so grades should not be an issue. Mo also plays for the highly rated Country Day basketball team.

Strengths:

Film shows excellent ball skills, including success at tracking passes, concentration, and adjusting o the ball in the air. He uses his height and jumping skills to provide a vertical stretch. He shows enough speed to be successful as an outside wide receiver.

Needs Work / Concerns:

Mo needs to add some solid weight and strength. His route running, changing levels, and coming in and out of breaks could also improve.

Red-shirt or play his Freshman Year?

GBMWolverine believes he will definitely red-shirt his first year.

Maurice Ways reminds the GBMWolverine Staff of — Former Michigan Football Player — Marquis Walker — (WR).

Bottom Line:

He is a bit under the radar, but has skills to be effective WR.

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Final Thoughts:

We welcome Maurice Ways to Michigan and hope he has a successful career on and off the football field as a student-athlete at the University of Michigan. Go Blue!

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