|Freddy Canteen (image via TheWolverine.com)|
Weight: 176 lbs.
High school: Elkton (MD) Eastern Christian Academy
Position: Wide receiver
Jersey number: #17
Last year: Canteen was a senior in high school.
Final TTB Rating: 83
Canteen played with famed quarterback recruit David Sills in high school. The somewhat odd setup of Eastern Christian Academy (an online high school centered around its football program) leads to difficulties with scheduling. Yet with all the big-time recruits, one would think that highlights would be easier to find. Unfortunately, it was a little difficult to find extensive highlights of Canteen and fellow freshman Brandon Watson, despite the fact that they - and others on the team - were bound for big futures.
Canteen and Watson enrolled early in January, and Canteen was one of the main talking points of the spring. He claimed to be the fastest guy on the team, he looked like a big-play guy in the spring game, and people are talking as if he's a sure thing to see the field extensively this fall. Canteen is skinny - just look at that picture above, which was taken during practice a few weeks ago - but he does have the long speed and the quick feet to be a threat early. The plan is to play him in the slot, which means he's not necessarily a starter. But I do rank him above a potential starter like De'Veon Smith or Amara Darboh because Canteen seems to have that knack for getting open and making big plays that we haven't seen from Darboh, Jehu Chesson, and other receivers, and he does not appear to be interchangeable with another player like Smith and Derrick Green. If Michigan loses Canteen for a stretch of time, they lose a guy who can be a mismatch against safeties and who can take the top off the defense.
Prediction: Starting slot receiver; 25 catches, 400 yards, 4 touchdowns