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FOOTBALL SIGNING DAY FEATURE: Ways makes his way to Michigan, fulfils boyhood dream

By: Jeff Dullack, February 7, 2014, 7:00 am
BEVERLY HILLS – For Moe Ways, playing football for the University of Michigan was something that he always dreamed of having the opportunity to do.
And when the offer from the Wolverines finally came last spring, the Detroit Country Day gridiron star wasted little time leaping at the opportunity.
On Wednesday afternoon, Ways’ dream officially became a reality as the 6-4 wide receiver signed his National Letter of Intent to with Michigan and made reservations for a slot on the Maize and Blue’s 2014 football team
“I’m just so blessed, and I’m just so happy,” he said after signing. “Michigan’s a great program and I’m just excited to get up there and be a part of that family and make my mark on Michigan football.”
Listed as a 3-star recruit by most scouting services, Ways received additional offers from Iowa, Rutgers and Kansas, among others.
Ultimately though could not pass up the chance to play for the Maize and Blue in the Big House.
“It’s very surreal, it was my dream to play football at Michigan since I was seven years old,” he said. “So when they came knocking on my door, I was like ‘wow, it’s really happening.’ It’s just a testament that dreams come true and if you work hard, it’ll all work out for the best in the end.”
In 2012, Ways helped lead the Yellowjackets into the Division 4 state championship game. Over the past two seasons, he’s caught more than 100 balls for over 2,000 yards.
Country Day head coach Dan MacLean is thrilled for his departing standout split end..
“It’s great, I think it’s wonderful for him,” he said. “As a guy who went to college and didn’t get the opportunity to play in my home state, that’s awesome to see. You’re a little envious at one point because that’s such a great thing and with as many positives as you can get going for yourself it’s going to help you.”
As a junior, Ways grabbed 51 balls for nearly 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns and followed that up with an even better senior season where he made 55 catches for over 1,200 yards and 16 touchdowns for the Yellowjackets, helping spark Country Day back from an 0-3 start to an eventual playoff appearance and district championship.
Ways was fast to answer when asked what he’s most looking forward to about suiting up for the Wolverines starting this fall.
“Just playing in front of 115,000 people ever Saturday, that’s going to be a great experience,” he said. “I want to make an impact on Michigan, they have a great recruiting class coming in and the coaches are great. I think we’re going shock a lot of people in the next couple of years.”
Prior to settling on football as his choice of sports, Ways was a star on the Country Day basketball team gunning for a hoops scholarship. After his junior year on the gridiron, he decided football was where his heart was. Not before starting at power forward for the Yellowjackets Class B state-title team last winter, though.