Canteen Holds Five

Freddy Canteen

NEWARK, Del. -- Class of 2014 Eastern Christian Academy (Elkton, Md.) receiver Freddy Canteen holds five offers and made visits to Rutgers and West Virginia during the season. He talked about those trips, as well as gave his thoughts on a few other schools involved in his recruitment.

Eastern Christian Academy (Elkton, N.J.) is rich in talent in the 2014 class, and the top offer player is receiver Freddy Canteen.

Connecticut and Temple recently extended offers, joining Rutgers, Maryland and Hawaii, but the 6-foot, 170-pound Canteen is just getting settled into recruiting and figuring out which schools he wants to visit in winter and spring.

However, two schools he knows well are Rutgers and West Virginia, where he took in games during the fall.

He visited Rutgers for games against Syracuse and Louisville, and is building a strong relationship with Scarlet Knights assistant coach Damian Wroblewski.

"They treat me like family there," Canteen said. "I probably talk to coach Wrobo on a daily basis. They're doing a great job."

Experiencing Rutgers' regular season finale, a 20-17 loss to Louisville in a game that decided a BCS bowl berth, was a benefit for Canteen.

"It was live," he said. "It was a great atmosphere. It was kind of like a Big East championship. I felt that I could play for that school."

And given Rutgers is moving to the Big Ten, likely for the 2014 season, it makes the school more appealing to Canteen.

"That's a big bonus for me," Canteen said. "It's higher competition. It sounds nice."

With Eastern Christian Academy seniors Daikiel Shorts and Wendell Smallwood committed to West Virginia, Canteen also is hearing a lot about the Mountaineers. He visited campus and likes the feel of the program.

"I like West Virginia," Canteen said. "The two receivers they have, Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey, I look up to them. They throw the ball a lot. Obviously, I'm a receiver so I want the ball. They throw the ball a lot."

"I like Maryland as well. Maryland is pretty much a family environment as well, and I talk to the coaches regularly. I look at Stefon Diggs as a good player, and I know they didn't have too good of a year this year, but the quarterback situation (with all the injuries) was a thing."

Connecticut, which extended an offer earlier this month, is another school Canteen wants to look at more.

"I went up to the campus for a 7-on-7, but I didn't see a lot of it," Canteen said. "It's a beautiful campus and I have a teammate going there, so there is a connection there."

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