NCF On The Trail: Maurice Ways

Michigan fired offensive coordinator Al Borges on Wednesday, which came as a surprise to fans and recruits alike. Wide receiver commit Maurice Ways (Beverly Hills, Mich./Country Day) didn’t know that Borges was fired until it happened and was shocked by the move.

“Wow, first off I’m surprised. It doesn’t really affect my recruiting,” he said. “I still think they’re going to hire someone that will fit my game and the offense, but I’m just in shock right now. I’ll have to wait and see who they hire, but Coach [Jeff] Hecklinski is still there and that’s who I’ll mainly be working with anyway.”

Michigan hosts big visitor weekend 

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Michigan held a big visitor weekend just before the end of the contact period. Hosting most of the 2014 commitments, there were some big questions coming into the weekend.

The biggest came with defensive back commit Jabrill Peppers (Paramus, N.J./Paramus Catholic) who caused an uproar when he tweeted that he would take official visits to other schools after his season.

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Top 5 under-the-radar quarterbacks 

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Everyone knows about top-ranked quarterbacks such as Deshaun Watson and Keller Chryst. But those aren't the only ones with a chance to make an impact in college. The following five players may have flown under the radar -- for reasons ranging from injury to playing in a non-traditional football area -- but four seem to have found the right college fit and therefore could excel at the next level.


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Best Big Ten classes by position 

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Each class within the Big Ten has its strengths and weaknesses, but there is a lot of talent joining the conference. Here is a look at the top classes in the Big Ten by position.

Quarterback
Strongest class: Penn State


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There are still big holes to fill in recruiting for the 2014 class and top targets still on the board. A lot of position groups are being addressed in recruiting, but not many have been completely filled.

Big Ten recruiting writers Tom VanHaaren and Brad Bournival take a look at the most important position for each Big Ten team in the 2014 class.


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With seven commitments in the ESPN 150, Michigan has been on a roll in the 2014 class. That continued Saturday as the Wolverines picked up their eighth ESPN 150 prospect.

Defensive end Lawrence Marshall (Southfield, Mich./Southfield) confirmed in a text message that he committed to Michigan while on a visit Saturday.

The No. 107 ranked player in the country originally made his pledge to Ohio State in February, but that only lasted a few days. Marshall decommitted from Ohio State after visiting Michigan and Michigan State and since then mainly focused on the in-state schools.

Many believed that the Spartans held the upper hand with Marshall, but Michigan had a secret weapon on its side. Wide receiver commit Maurice Ways (Beverly Hills, Mich./Country Day) has been friends with Marshall since middle school and put in some extra work to recruit his longtime friend to Michigan. Ways said at a recent camp that he believed his recruiting pitch to Marshall was working, and it turns out he was right.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound prospect is likely a weakside defensive end at the next level. He has added good weight in recent months while maintaining his quickness off the line. He will add size and speed to Michigan's pass rush.

Marshall's commitment gives Michigan nine total commitments and two defensive line commits to go along with defensive tackle Bryan Mone (Salt Lake City/Highland). Michigan is being considered by some other top-ranked defensive line prospects and Marshall's commitment likely won't deter those efforts.

The overall No. 4-ranked prospect, Da'Shawn Hand (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge), still holds Michigan in his top group and is probably best suited at strong-side defensive end in college. His recruitment shouldn't be impacted by Marshall. The same goes for defensive tackle target Malik McDowell (Detroit/Loyola), who also holds Michigan very high on his list.

Weekly commitment roundup 

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ACC
Boston College
Jon Baker, OC (Millis, Mass./Millis)
Height: 6-foot-3 Weight: 305 pounds
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation pending

Kevin Cohee, ILB (West Roxbury, Mass./Roxbury Latin)
HT: 6-3 WT: 240
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation pending

Duke

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Maurice Ways (Beverly Hills, Mich./Detroit Country Day) made his second unofficial visit to Ohio State on Tuesday.

There will be a third.


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When Maurice Ways (Beverly Hills, Mich./Detroit Country Day) was 7 years old, he received a Christmas present from his aunt who lives in Pittsburgh. It was a Troy Polamalu jersey, and from that day on, Ways has been a die-hard Steelers fan.


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2014 WR Ways on offer, OSU interest 

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An offer sometimes means more when it comes directly from the head coach. When that offer also happens to be the first offer, it can make a major impression on a recruit.


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