The Wolverine

August 2013

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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  commitment profile lence in the classroom and on the football field was too much to pass up. "Academically, they're at the top of the country," he said. "Academics are important to me. That's one thing that gave me the readiness to com‑ mit. It's just a blessing, and I'm tak‑ ing full advantage of the opportunity. "I actually didn't really get to see too much of the school. I mostly got to see the fieldhouse, and the sta‑ dium, and things like that. I'm ready to get the whole picture and see all of it." "It was rough," he said of 2012. "I feel like God has a plan for ev‑ erything, and that was his plan. He allowed us to be able to come up to Michigan's camp and display our talents. "We're not hurting about it now. I'm very excited and ready to play some other people besides my team. I'm very excited to be playing again. We're excited for practice, and I'll be getting Brandon ready for the sea‑ son." Fellow Michigan commit Watson is used to battling Canteen, and they Canteen "Academics are important to me. That's one thing that gave me the readiness to commit. It's just a blessing, and I'm taking full advantage of the opportunity." Canteen will get his chance to see the rest of what Ann Arbor has to offer when he returns at the end of July for the annual Barbecue at The Big House recruiting event. Nearly every committed player in Michi‑ gan's 2014 class — along with several uncommitted prospects in the classes of 2014, 2015 and 2016 — will be in town for food and fun. After that event, it's back to work for Canteen. He's ready to use his senior year as a platform to showcase what he can do. After most of his ju‑ nior season was canceled because the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association would not ap‑ prove the new school's schedule, this year will make up for it, if Canteen has his way. won't just be preparing each other for the slate of games this fall. They'll also be honing their craft to give Michigan two extremely polished players, one on each side of the ball. "We battle every day," Canteen said. "We go at it every day. From playing to even talking, we're there all day. I'm saying certain things, and he says slick things back. It's all about the competition to get each other better." The commitments from Watson and Canteen may also help Michigan with 2016 Eastern Christian Acad‑ emy linebacker Dele' Harding, who was a standout at Michigan's sum‑ mer camp and could pick up a Wol‑ verine offer soon. — Tim Sullivan

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