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Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Watson, Canteen hope to see Ann Arbor

By Chantel Jennings

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- When cornerback Brandon Watson (Elkton, Md./Eastern Christian Academy) and wide receiver Freddy Canteen (Elkton, Md./Eastern Christian Academy) were last in Ann Arbor, they were there to prove themselves.

They came to Michigan’s camp in July with a singular mission: to earn scholarship offers.

And they left with that mission completed, but in the midst of it all, they didn’t really do much else.

“I didn’t get to see [campus] last time,” Watson said. “We drove up there and got there 30 minutes before camp started, and then we left right after camp so we didn’t get to see too much.”

Freddy Canteen
The last trip to Ann Arbor was all business for Freddy Canteen (pictured) and Brandon Watson.
So when the duo arrives in Ann Arbor on Friday for the Barbecue in the Big House, they have a new mission: to soak up Ann Arbor and see all that they didn’t see before.

“I just want to check out the area and see the whole campus, take a look around,” Watson said. “We’re planning to walk around, get a feel for it.”

When Canteen and Watson committed to Michigan, they had done their research online and spoken with the coaches. But for the most part, it was a sight-unseen deal. Outside of a virtual online tour, they hadn’t visited the dorms, hadn’t seen the academic facilities, hadn’t walked down State Street.

So, all of those activities will be at the top of their list for this visit.

The barbecue is a unique event in college recruiting, though more colleges are starting to use similar functions to entice prospects to visit their campuses. But there will certainly be less pressure surrounding this visit for both Canteen and Watson, which makes this weekend even more appealing to the two.

“I haven’t heard too much about it, but I heard it’s a really nice event,” Canteen said. “I’m really excited to go.”

On top of that, they’re hoping to get to know the other commits more. Canteen said that he has texted quite a bit with the other commits while Watson said he isn’t much of a texter, so he hasn’t done that as much.

But with 10 total commits in town, there should be plenty of time for bonding.

But what might be the biggest difference between the last visit and this one is that now they're the ones doing the recruiting.

Both Watson and Canteen said that they’re eager to help build their own and younger classes and that this will be a great opportunity to do so.

“At the end of the day I want every guy to go where he feels comfortable,” Watson said. “But I’m definitely going to be putting in work [recruiting] for Michigan.”