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Severin Back From One Visit, Planning Others
While most of the country is at practice and readying for the season, Worcester (Mass.) Academy receiver Canaan Severin still has five days before the start of training camp, and a month before his first game. So, it gives the 6-foot-3, 200-pounder plenty of time think about recruiting, and still make trips. He remains focused on five schools – Virginia, Penn State, Iowa, Boston College and Connecticut – and just returned for a visit to see the Cavaliers practice late last week. "It went really well," Severin said of his second trip to Charlottesville. "I got to see practice, got to see (assistant) coach (Shawn) Moore, The campus and Charlottesville are nice, and the people I meet there are always real nice, as are the coaches and players." During practice, Severin paid close attention to his position group. "When I went there, all I did was watch the receivers do their thing," he said. "I definitely got a good feeling, and felt I could compete there and do everything they're asking their players to do." Severin said written offers from each of his final five schools arrived, and his next visit is likely to Penn State for the Sept. 10 game against Alabama. "Right now it's an unofficial visit, but maybe I'll make it official," Severin said. "Penn state is kind of different than other programs. (Coach) Joe Paterno, and Happy Valley and stuff like that …I went to Penn State –Michigan game last year, and when your there, it really stands out." Severin made 35 receptions for 550 yards and five touchdowns as a junior, and one of the things he likes about Iowa is the way receiver Marvin McNutt plays. "I talk to (assistant) coach (Ken) O'Keefe, (receivers) coach (Erik) Campbell about a lot of stuff," Severin said. "They help me out a lot. They really want me to come there to play wide receiver. I watch Marvin McNutt. I'm kind of like him in size, and want to get better like him." Connecticut and Boston College are schools within a short drive of Worcester Academy, but will distance matter in his decision? "I feel like it kind of doesn't matter," Severin said. "As long as I'm comfortable with the school and program …I want to and talk to the college athletes and see if the coaches still have confidence if you have a bad game. Loyalty is a key thing for me. Worcester Academy reports for camp Sunday, and opens the season Sept. 24 against Philip Exeter Academy. "It seems like it's never going to start," Severin said.
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