Michigan’s loss will be Notre Dame’s gain.
On Saturday evening former Wolverines receiver Freddy Canteen committed to the Irish as a graduate transfer with an expected two years of eligibility remaining. Canteen was an early enrollee in Ann Arbor as a four-star recruit out of Eastern Christian Academy three years ago before injuries and coaching changes slowed his Wolverines career.
Canteen made five receptions in a reserve role as a freshman before a shoulder injury ended his sophomore season before its midway point.
Canteen sat out last fall and will graduate in April with an English major. He said he could have returned last season but chose not to burn a year of eligibility for a minor role. He finished in Ann Arbor with six career catches.
Canteen said he’s unclear which Masters program he’ll pursue at Notre Dame. But everything else about joining the Irish appears to be straightforward. He said communication with the Irish began about three weeks ago leading into today’s visit.
“It’s Notre Dame. My interest in them was simply off that,” Canteen said. “The coaches here are great guys. Nothing but great reviews about them. I got a chance to talk to coach (Mike) Elston and coach (Del) Alexander, those were the two guys I was speaking with throughout making this decision. I felt very comfortable with them. You really can’t go wrong with Notre Dame.”
Florida Atlantic also got a visit as Canteen figured out his next step. He added that other schools also expressed interest.
Canteen said his game is about speed, something he expects to bring to the receiver rotation. While he could get a look at cornerback, Canteen said his “heart” is set at wide out, likely where he’ll have a chance to make an impact this season and next, whether that’s as a starter or a rotation player.
It’s unclear if Canteen will line up in the slot (C.J. Sanders and Chris Finke) or out wide (K.J. Stepherson and Javon McKinley).
“Ask anybody about me, I bring speed to the game, I’m a great route runner and I’m explosive,” Canteen said. “Those are the things that I’ve been blessed with. I’m a student of the game. I’m always ready to work, ready to learn. I’m thankful for the opportunity these coaches have provided.
“Really I’m just looking for a program where I can display my talents best. I’m graduating from Michigan in three years, why not pursue a master’s at a school as prestigious as Notre Dame?”
If Canteen plays out his eligibility at Notre Dame it means the first game of his final season would be against his old program. The Irish host the Wolverines on Sept. 1, 2018.
“I’m looking forward to it,” Canteen said.