Saturday, June 29, 2013

Brandon Watson and Freddy Canteen Commit to Michigan

Brandon Watson
Position: Cornerback
Ht/Wt: 5'11"/185 lbs.
Location: Eastern Christian Academy - Elkton, MD
Class: 2014
Offers:  Boston College, UConn, Maryland, Michigan, Temple

Brandon Watson wowed the coaches while at Michigan's annual technique camp almost 2 weeks ago, and that earned the rising senior out of Maryland an offer on June 18th.  Eleven days later, Watson is a Wolverine.  News broke this morning that "Coach Hoke was really excited too.  I just wanted to get it done."  Watson is a well-built kid at corner and I've heard that he is muscled more like a safety, but is smooth enough to play corner.  It will interesting to see how he does during his senior season this fall and if his recruitment blows up like has been the case with so many Michigan commitments in the past.
Watson would become member #12 for the 2014 class and he did so by simply calling Coach Hoke and letting him know.  I spoke with Watson not long after his commitment and he said it felt great to get it done and he was relieved that his decision was made. 

Freddy Canteen
Position: Wide Receiver
Ht/Wt: 6'1"/170 lbs.
Location: Eastern Christian Academy - Elkton, MD
Class: 2014
Offers:  UConn, Hawaii, Maryland, Michigan, Rutgers, Temple, Tennessee

Freddy Canteen has been on the radar for a while, but when he earned his offer while at Michigan's camp, many believed he had a real chance of becoming a member of Team 135, and this morning he did just that.  Canteen is member #13 of a class that might reach 20 strong depending on attrition and other factors heading into fall camp.  Canteen hasn't been a regularly mentioned name when it comes to Michigan's wide receiver targets, but he is no slouch.  He has a respectable offer list and was described at camp as "unguardable".  Canteen is known for his precise routes and long, lean frame.  He is a bit of a "tweener" when it comes to a true position as he has stated that he'd like to and is able to play both the outside and the slot positions in Michigan's offense.  Canteen will need to add some weight to his slight frame, but he is a player with polished skills already and was only able to play in three games as a junior.  I expect his name to become much more popular throughout his senior season.

Watson and Canteen both don't have overly impressive offer lists, but they haven't been recruited as much as they could've been at this point due to their unorthodox season last year.  Watson and Canteen's high school only played three games last year.  Both young men have said it didn't seem to hinder their recruitment, but I don't think there's any question that it did to some degree.  Either way, in person and at camp the coaches saw enough to offer both young men, and this morning both have committed.  It will be very interesting to see how these two perform in 2013 and to see if their recruitment gains momentum with other schools while being committed to Michigan.   


  1. Nice surprise this morning. It's usually kids like these that end up being pleasant surprises. The big names are always fun, but it's these kind of prospects that really separate coaches from being "OK" recruiters to "Excellent" recruiters & coaches. If a Watson, Canteen, Maurice Ways, etc. turn out to be studs, then that's what makes a program great.

    Go Blue.

  2. And Coach how do you think this affects Scott & Westphal (not to mention AdoreƩ Jackson)?

    1. Scott is a Clemson lock. Westphal is still a possibility. Adoree Jackson is beyond a long-shot.

  3. Wow I turn the tablet on late and stuff happens. Not just one commit but two. I am happy to have both of these kids as a part of this class. Welcome to Michigan Canteen and Watson.

    Coach why did they only play 3 games last year?

    Will this speed up Westphal decision because I am getting a bad feeling about Westphal.

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  5. Lets keep on piling these amazing young men into the BIG... Good to see Michigan doing well in recruiting the past couple years & it makes our confrence that much stronger & fun. Not a BLUE fan but competition is great & GO BUCKS !!!