Maryland Eyes Local 2014 Wide Receiver

Eastern Christian's Freddy Canteen sees Terps as an up-and-coming program.

When asked how the season is going, Freddy Canteen did not mention how many touchdowns he's scored or any other individual stats, but rather the fact that his team is 4-0 on the season. Eastern Christian Academy has lit up the scoreboard this year including several laughers and Freddy Canteen has played a big role in that.

In preparation for his junior season, Canteen said there wasn't one specific skill he worked on. “I've worked on everything really, blocking, getting faster, route running. I'm just trying to become a better receiver.” And Canteen sees it in his game. Some strong suits of his game he listed were his speed, his deep-play ability, his strength, and his knack for getting open. He also noted some intangibles that he brings to the football field. “I'm a great leader, a player who makes plays and just a good overall football player.” Canteen tries to model his game after former Bengal and Patriot Chad Johnson. “He has great footwork and his route running is good. I watch his highlights every day.”

Eastern Christian has become a hotbed of talent for Division I teams. Canteen's teammates Khaliel Rodgers and Kenny Bigelow are both going to USC. Canteen is no exception to the Division I attention. Canteen already has offers from Maryland, Rutgers and Hawaii and one would expect more offers to come his way since he is only a junior. He does not have a favorite out of the three and distance is not going to be the deciding factor in where he will be attending college. “Distance doesn't really matter to me, but it would be cool to be close to the parents.” Canteen wants to attend a school where he thinks he can get some early playing time. Canteen has had some contact with Maryland's wide receivers coach Lee Hull. Maryland's strength is not necessarily their close proximity, but the Terrapins are a team on the rise in Canteen's eyes. Canteen is trying to make it to games of Maryland, Rutgers, West Virginia and Connecticut.

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