Eastern Christian Academy (Elkton, Md.) is not your average high school. Students complete their course work online through a nationally accredited partner called, National Connections. ECA rising senior Freddy Canteen said the unconventional methods have a big upside.
"The independence forces you to develop better self-discipline and really gets you ready for the freedom of college," said Canteen, who has a 3.9 GPA. "I think it's definitely good to do early on in high school. It makes you more mature and makes you motivated to do things on your own."
Canteen is not only successful in the classroom, he is also one of the region's top football prospects. The 6-foot-3, 175-pound three-star wide out has attracted attention from some major BCS programs and he holds offers from Rutgers, Maryland, Temple, UConn and Hawaii.
Canteen said out of the schools he has offers from he hears the most interest from Maryland and Rutgers.
Over the weekend Canteen took trip up to Syracuse for camp and he also stopped by Rutgers with his mom for a personal visit.
"I talk to Coach Wroblewski and Coach Flood a lot. We talk about where I can fit in in the offense and about academics," Canteen said. "I have a good relationship with Rutgers. They like my speed and they said I can play outside receiver or in the slot, pretty much anywhere."
Canteen and his mom were impressed with what their experience at Rutgers Saturday.
"My mom really enjoyed it," he told FoxSportsNEXT. "She wants me to commit now, but I'm going to take a couple of days to think about it. Everything was great on the visit."
During his visit, Canteen had a very informative conversation with offensive coordinator Ron Prince.
"I really got a detailed look of what they expect out of me and what they expect out of their program," Canteen said to FoxSportsNEXT. "I had a good talk with him. He really impressed me."
Canteen in also being heavily pursued by Rutgers' future Big Ten foe, Maryland. He plans to get back to College Park with his ECA teammates for the Terps 7-on-7 on June 22.
"Coach Hull is just telling me they like my speed and he can see me getting on the field early. So we are just working on building a relationship," Canteen said. "They run a spread and I feel like I could do really well in that offense."
Coach Hull is also getting some help from 2014 Maryland commit, Will Ulmer, who probably wouldn't mind throwing a few passes to the ECA speedster in the future.
"Will Ulmer is always in my ear trying to get me going to College Park," Canteen said. "Last time he hit me on Facebook asking me when I am committing and all that stuff."
Canteen has several other visits on tap for June including trips to: USC, Ohio State, Michigan, and UCLA among others.
He said there are several key factors that will weigh into his decision.
"I will look at what type of offense a school has, how I feel there, early play time and my relationship with the coaches," Canteen said. "Academics will be big too because that is something really important to me."
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