Freddy Canteen, who played with Wendell Smallwood and Daikiel Shorts last year at Eastern Christian Academy (ECA), made his first ever visit to West Virginia on Saturday to check out the home of his former teammates. He got the chance to spend some time with the duo around WVU's spring game, and also got a tour of the facilities at the football complex.
"I talked to the coaches, and it was good to meet them. The environment was great," he said. "We got caught up on what we had been doing since they came over here, because I hadn't talked to them much. I had a good time -- we have come a long way together, and it was good to see them moving up."
Canteen and the coaching staff didn't talk about an offer specifically -- that's something the ECA coaches handle -- but he said he would be talking with his high school coach about it and see what the Mountaineer staff had to say. Meanwhile, he remains very interested in WVU.
On the field this year, Canteen is looking forward to a full year of competition in which he can continue to improve. He hasn't set any specific goals in terms of numbers this year, but is anticipating that ECA, which was limited to just three games a year ago due to sanctioning issues, will be able to play a full slate.
"It was tough last year not being able to play much, but I think that God had a plan in that happening, and the end it will all work out," he said. "I think we will bet that all straightened out and be able to play our games this year.
Canteen is working hard to earn more notice on the spring and summer camp and 7-on-7 circuit, and it won't be a surprise to see him back on WVU's campus for one of its camp sessions this summer.