Michigan Football Recruiting: Maurice Ways -- 2014 Time Capsule

Posted at 8:00am — 2/25/2014

Michigan Football Recruiting: Maurice Ways — 2014 Time Capsule

Maurice Ways was the fifth recruit out of the remaining nine not on campus already to sign and send in his letter of intent on signing day.

GBMWolverine Readers: Here is a overview of University of Michigan 2014 Signed Commit Maurice Ways.
Maurice Ways 3
Height: 6’3
Weight: 192
Birthday: February 11, 1996
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, Jeff Hecklinski
Official Visit: 12/13/2013
Committed: 4/25/2013
Top Offers: Iowa, Kansas, Pitt, Rutgers, and Western Michigan.
Class: 2014 Michigan Wolverine Recruiting Class (Signed).

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Coach Hoke on Ways:

“Maurice is a big receiver out of Detroit Country Day. He can stretch the field. He’s a competitor, also played basketball, has long arms and can get up and get the ball.”

Key Stats:

Caught 106 passes for 2,218 yards and 25 touchdowns during his career. Hauled in 55 receptions for 1,261 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior. Tallied 51 receptions for 957 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior.


Selected to the Detroit News Blue Chip List as a senior.

Other Sports:

Earned two letters in basketball and appeared in a combined 53 games between his sophomore and junior seasons.


24/7: star 7 star 7 star 7 star 7.
ESPN: star 7 star 7 star 7.
Rivals: star 7 star 7 star 7.
Scout: star 7 star 7 star 7.

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: .

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.

His Recruiting Story:

Maurice Ways 7Mo Ways is an interesting story. Here is a young guy who truly wanted a coveted offer from Michigan. On a early recruiting visit with his family, Mo was offered after months of waiting. The offer was extended even though Michigan was in on higher profile recruits. But at Michigan, bleeding blue counts for more than a hearty handshake.

His Commitment Comments:

I want to thank God that I have this great opportunity,” and “I’m so happy. Not every day a dream comes true and ever since I was seven years old, I’ve always dreamed for playing for the University of Michigan and the fact that my hard work has paid off and I made this happen through hard work and dedication, chasing after my dream, it’s a great feeling. I’m just so blessed.”

Maurice Ways 4“First off, I met with Coach Hoke, me and my family met with Coach Hoke. He’s just a genuine, nice man, just a nice guy that really cares about his kids outside of football. When we first talked, you asked me what I was looking for in a college and that’s what I was looking for was a coach and a college that cares about me, not just as a football player, but as a young man. Coach Hoke definitely fits that criteria. He told me that he’s married, he has one daughter, but he said he has 100+ sons, meaning every guy on that is on that team is part of his family and when he said that, I just knew that he really cares about me off the field and as a young man and growing up and learning about life.”

“They said I fit it perfectly. They’re changing their offense to pro style. They want bigger receivers, faster, physical who can go up and get the ball and they said I can stretch the field. He told me that he thinks my potential is high, my best football is going to be in college because I’ve only been playing football for three years now, my best football is ahead of me and he said he’s going to keep working,

GBMWolverine Commentary:

Maurice Ways 6Mo, like 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 5Overview:

Mo is exactly what the current Michigan 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.


Film shows excellent ball skills, including success at tracking passes, concentration, and adjusting to 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.

Concerns/Needs Work:

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 — who played Wide Receiver.

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Final Thoughts:

He is a bit under the radar, but has skills to be effective wide receiver at Michigan.

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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