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2014 Detroit Country Day Maurice Ways is a New Age WR
- Updated: March 22, 2013
Football has quickly evolved into a passing game and big play wide receivers are trending at every level. And when I mean “big,” I mean big! Guys like Calvin Johnson, A.J. Green and Larry Fitzgerald make it hard for corners to cover them one-on-one with their big body types.
Detroit Country Day has a junior WR in that mode already, and has room to grow his game. Maurice Ways is 6-4, 193-pounds, and holds offers from Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan, Toledo, Iowa and Bowling Green.
Ways is becoming a rising star on the recruiting trail and has interest from other Big Ten and ACC schools like Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Georgia Tech, Boston College and Maryland.
“I model my game after Calvin Johnson with our same body types and play-making ability,” said Ways. “I watch film on him a lot and try to emulate my game after his, and also A.J. Green.”
Ways is also a star basketball player at Country Day, and his team could play for a state title this weekend. “Playing for Country Day is a big thing because they expect us to win state titles,” Ways said. “We lost the football state title, so hopefully we can win in basketball.”
Basketball players have been known to transition their skills to the football field and excel at it. Tony Gonzalez, Antonio Gates and Jimmy Graham all played college basketball and now play in the NFL.
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“Basketball was my first love,” Ways said. “But I noticed that I had talent in football and could go further in this sport. Rebounding in basketball is like going up for a jump ball. Blocking out is like blocking a defender.”
Ways visited Northwestern this past weekend, and plans to visit Ohio State April 2 and Michigan State March 28. Visits to Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech, and Boston College could come over his spring break in April.
“I could commit right before the season, cause I don’t want it to be a distraction to me and my teammates and our goal of winning a state title,” said Ways.