The spring evaluation period should be vital for Eastern Christian Academy (Elkton, Md.) receiver Freddy Canteen, who performed well at the New Level Athletics 7-on-7 at North Hudson Park.
The 6-foot, 175-pound Canteen, who holds five offers, was on an ECA team that saw its 2012 season end in September because of problems getting sanctioned in Maryland, so he has very little highlight tape to provide to colleges.
So, the first look many college coaches will get of Canteen will come during the spring evaluation period, which begins Monday.
"This (spring) is real important," said Canteen, who caught six passes for 114 yards and a score in three games. "I can get out and compete, and I can get some more schools to come out and look at me."
Canteen holds offers from Rutgers, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland and Temple. He plans on attending West Virginia's spring game April 20, and he is also talking with Clemson.
"I hear a lot from (Maryland)," Canteen said. "They want me to come out and check out their spring game or a practice, and I can be a play maker for them. They're pretty much saying the same thing as Rutgers."
At Rutgers, Canteen's recruiter is offensive line coach Damian Wroblewski.
"I talk to him a lot," Canteen said. "He's trying to build a relationship with me. Coach Wrobo is a really nice guy. I like him, and I like Rutgers a lot as well."
Canteen's interest in West Virginia stems from his liking of the offense, and it helps former ECA teammates Daikiel Shorts and Wendell Smallwood enrolled in January and are participating in spring practice for the Mountaineers.
"They want me to come down and check everything out," Canteen said. "They lost a lot of key players so I want to see how they're doing. I like West Virginia. They throw the ball a ton."
Canteen also likes Clemson's offense.
"They throw the ball a lot," Canteen said. "I like the receivers they have. They have Sammy Watkins and other guys, and I like the feel they have down there."
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