June 21, 2011

Canaan Severin recaps visit

The recruitment of four-star athlete Canaan Severin really took off this spring and the star from Worcester (Mass.) Academy is up to around 12 offers at this point. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Severin, who is ranked by Rivals.com as the nation's No. 9 athlete and No. 151 overall player, got to check out one of his longest-standing suitors recently, though, and enjoyed the visit to head coach Tom O'Brien and the Wolfpack that he took in the beginning of June.

"Recruiting [with NC State] is going really well," he said. "Coach [Jerry] Petercuskie recruits me from Massachusetts and he toured me around there, showed me everything. I stayed with one of the players for a couple of hours to see what it was like as a player at NC State and I really liked it. It was definitely a real cool experience.

"Everything was legit, brand new. All the buildings, all the football stuff, it was all top of the line and really nice."

The Pack extended a verbal scholarship offer to Severin around October of last year and marked his second tender. Severin, who is being recruited as a wide receiver, said that shows the program really wants him.

"Right now, I have [offers from] Boston College, Connecticut, Iowa, Penn State, NC State, Purdue, Virginia, Rutgers, Syracuse and Villanova," he said. "I'm looking at all of those schools to see which ones I really like, trying to get on campus and everything like that."

Severin knows he's probably not done racking up offers yet so is not sure of where he would like to officially visit in the fall. He said he is giving all of his suitors a fair shake for the time being.

"I think I'll take officials before I make a decision," he said. "[I don't know where I want to official], not yet, it changes every day. I'm still waiting on all the schools to offer."

The rising-senior mentioned there are several things about NC State that he enjoys and he went in-depth about those factors.

"They're definitely an upcoming program," he said. "They were one game away from playing in the ACC Championship last year, they won their bowl game, they're just a great program. A lot of people in the community are definitely supporting them so that's pretty cool."

Hailing from the state where O'Brien broke onto the scene as a head coach is another advantage for the Red and White.

"Everyone respects Coach O'Brien at NC State because of what he did at BC," Severin said. "Their staff is still close with the BC staff now, and I think it's really cool that [Boston College coaches] really respect him. It shows what a good coach he is."

Severin isn't revealing favorites yet but said he can't see distance from home playing a factor in his recruitment. He didn't have a timeline for a decision, either, but said that things will start to work themselves out after he concludes his summer visits.

"I think after the summer, I'll have a favorites list," he said.

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