Like many other high school players, receiver Canaan Severin spent Saturday watching college football. Unlike many others, he has a wide smile on his face watching his future team.
Severin, a standout at Worcester (Mass.) Academy, made his announcement moments ago, choosing from Virginia, Penn State and Boston College.
“University of Virginia,” Severin said. “I’m just so happy. I like the whole offense there they are running, the coaches there, the people there, it’s the kind of people you want to be around. Right when I first met them, I knew they were just like me.”
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Severin knew his school of choice late last week, then took the weekend to think about it.
While watching the Cavaliers play North Carolina on Saturday, Severin knew he made the right choice.
“It was definitely cool, and I just can’t wait,” he said. “It was like, ‘Wow.’ I was thinking about being on t.v., and it’s like dreams come true for me.”
A mix of academics, football and university life brought Severin to Virginia.
“The academics are top notch and the campus is something else,” he said. “It’s gorgeous. And then football is part of that. It all comes together. With football, it’s only a matter of time before UVa is doing really big things, and I want to be a part of that.”
As a junior, Severin caught 35 passes for 550 yards and five touchdowns. He also intercepted five passes while playing in the secondary.
It led to double-digit offers, but he recently trimmed his list to three schools.
“It was really difficult, but it was fun,” he said. “All the coaches came in and (left) information. Schools from the Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12. It was actually real cool.”
With his decision made, Severin is turning his attention to Worcester Academy’s season opener, which is Saturday against Phillips Exeter (N.H.) Academy.
“I feels real nice,” Severin said. “I think I’m going to kill it this Saturday. I’m going to go off.”