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April 25, 2013

Ways picks Michigan

It seemed like a foregone conclusion when he picked up a Michigan offer that Beverly Hills (Mich.) Detroit Country Day wide receiver Maurice Ways Jr. would end up a Wolverine, and after just a week of sitting on the offer, that has come to fruition.

"IM A MICHIGAN MAN! JUST COMMITTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN!!," he tweeted.

Ways, a 6-3, 195-pounder rated a three-star prospect by Rivals.com, also held offers from Iowa, Rutgers, Kansas, and Pittsburgh, along with several schools from the Mid-American Conference. However, the hometown school - and the one that he grew up cheering for - won out after a brief battle. Ways made it no secret that U-M was the offer he was waiting for, and took little time in accepting it.

"We're just building a relationship with each other, getting to know little bit more about each other," he said of Michigan's coaches prior to receiving the offer. "It's about just making sure that the connection is there - I think it is there, and I hope they think it is also - so it's really just building that relationship.

"They said I'm very high on their radar. I've been their most talked-about recruit the past two weeks. They're saying just to be patient. They're going to watch my film again as a staff Monday, and make a decision from there."

Thursday evening, U-M followed through, but in a video interview with The Wolverine, Ways expressed an interest in waiting things out to see what other programs had to offer. However, he ultimately decided that he couldn't wait, offering his commitment to Michigan.

"I'm trying to not rush to any decision," he said. "I talked to my family about it to figure out which place was the right one for me."

As a junior in 2012, Ways caught 51 passes for 952 yards (18.7 yards per reception) and nine touchdowns for a Detroit Country Day squad that reached the Division-4 state title game. He was named All-Oakland County by the Oakland Press.

He is the seventh member of Michigan's 2014 recruiting class (greyshirt commitment Brady Pallante is a member of the 2015 group), and the second junior from Detroit Country Day to offer his college commitment. Yellow Jackets quarterback Tyler Wiegers gave his pledge to Rutgers April 9.


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