Maurice Ways has made big play after big play for Detroit Country Day this season, using his 6'3, 175-lb frame to establish himself as a go-to receiver, and a prospect colleges need to know about.
"This is my first year on varsity," he explained. "It was a big role for me to step into, especially losing the majority of the wide receivers, I was coming in as the number one guy and our coach expressed that in the off-season. It's a big role, and I had to mature fast, had to learn the offense fast. The game speed is faster than JV of course, and the physicality is better. It makes me have to think more to try to manipulate defense in terms of route running."
Ways is just beginning to hear from more and more schools. He says Iowa, Nebraska, Indiana, Northwestern, and Michigan State are among those who have shown interest. Ohio State also belongs in that group, as he visited them over the weekend and saw them defeat UAB.
"It was great. I met a lot of coaches. I met Coach Smith, the wide receivers coach. He basically talked to me before the game. He explained how he found out about me, and liked me from seeing the film, and to get better this season."
Ways was invited to Northwestern earlier in the year, but was not able to make the trip. Hence, this was his first college visit, and he says it was a good one.
"I love Ohio State from what I've seen so far. They have great tradition, a great team and Coach Meyer has won national titles, so he has a good resume to be around. They produce a lot of pros, so those are all positives I learned."
As he moves through the process, Ways has a trio or schools he hopes he will hear from, or hear more from.
"I really hope to hear from USC, more from Michigan and my third school would be Oregon. I like them. I want to play out in the West. That's what the ideal situation for me is, to play for a West Coast school."