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FOOTBALL RECRUITING: UofM grabs another WR, Ways commits to Michigan

By: Scott Burnstein, April 25, 2013, 10:00 am

BEVERLY HILLS – On the heels of the University of Michigan snaring the commitment of All-American split end Drake Harris (Grand Rapids Christian), the Wolverines have landed a future running buddy for him at the wide receiver position in Birmingham Detroit Country Day’s Maurice Ways.

Considered behind Harris one of the best wide outs in the state, Ways (6-foot-4, 195 pounds, 3-star prospect) committed to Michigan Thursday, choosing the Maize and Blue over 10 other offers, including ones from BCS schools Iowa, Pittsburgh, Kansas and Rutgers.

He is the eighth recruit to commit to the Wolverines’ football program so far this year and 15th overall player from the state’s Class of 2014 to accept a scholarship to a Division I college.

Ways had a breakout season last fall, catching 51 balls for 957 yards and nine touchdowns on a Yellowjackets team that made an appearance in the state finals down at Ford Field Thanksgiving weekend.

Like Harris, Ways originally thought his future was in basketball. Back in March, he was the starting power forward on Country Day’s state-championship hoops squad.

His performance at a series of showcase events and combines skyrocketed his recruiting stock as a big-play receiver on the football field this offseason, though, confirming in his head what sport he will be competing in at the next level.

Michigan got in on the action pursing his services catching the ball downfield in the last two months, turning up the heat even further the past few weeks.

In his final year as a prepster, Ways has a chance to go out with a couple more rings – both the Yellowjackets football and basketball teams will be favorites to bring home state crowns in the 2013-2014 school year.

Offensively, Country Day’s gridiron gang is returning quite the prolific group.

Yellowjackets quarterback Tyler Wiegers, possibly the state’s top college prospect under center in 2014, has also committed to play his college ball in the Big 10, pledging his allegiance to Rutgers earlier in the month.

Richie Wilson (over 1,500 yards and 34 touchdowns on the ground last season), Country Day’s terror chugging the rock, is one of the state’s most feared tailbacks and will be playing at the Division I level, too.

Following his commitment Thursday, Ways was beaming.

"I’m going to be a Michigan Man," he tweeted.

You certainly are young sir, you certainly are.