CLEVELAND—When Eastern (Md.) Christian Academy wide receiver Freddy Canteen made his way to Ann Arbor for the Michigan football camp in June, he came as an unknown.
Quickly making a name for himself and standing out with his play in wide receiver/cornerback 1-on-1’s, Canteen caught the eye of the Michigan coaching staff, performing his way into a scholarship offer from the Wolverines.
“I wasn’t even going to go to the camp, actually,” Canteen said. “But my coach told me I should go -- I went. Going to the camp, the coaches knew nothing about me but I was able to be dynamic that day and show what I can do best.
“I came out with an offer and (it’s) the best decision of my life, really.”
A 6-0, 170-pound playmaker at wide out, Canteen’s quick feet and precise route running make him a threat downfield on every play.
In Saturday’s comeback and last second 32-29 win over Cleveland (Ohio) St. Ignatius, Canteen caught a pair of touchdowns to fuel ECA’s offensive attack.
“I started off slow but towards the second half I got it together and was able to put some points on the board for my team,” Canteen said. “I bring speed, route running, everything like that, so I’m just going to keep going, keep working and keep pushing.”
Looking back on his commitment to Michigan at the end of June, Canteen remains happier than ever to be a part of the Wolverines 2014 class.
“You can’t say no to Michigan,” he said. “Michigan offers everything you want in a school as well as their football program. Couldn’t say no.”