2012 Standout Likes the Pack Early

Talented athlete Canaan Severin will be one of next year's top prospects and gives Pack Pride the latest on his recruitment.

NC State and Boston College are the two schools that have verbally offered Class of 2012 standout Canaan Severin and the talented prospect spoke with Pack Pride about both schools recently.

The two schools that have offered Severin are different in many ways. Of course, current NC State head coach Tom O'Brien was head coach of the Eagles prior to taking the position he now holds in Raleigh, so the schools do have that link.

Severin believes both the Pack and the Eagles have a lot of things going for them. If he had to make his decision today it would be a difficult one.

"NC State offered me toward the end of my football season. Coach Swepson came by in October. I was in class when he came so he couldn't really speak to me. Afterward I called him and he just said he had come down to offer me. He told me, 'I want you to know you have a scholarship to NC State,'" Severin said.

"We just went on break on (December) 17 and a coach from NC State came up that week, maybe (December) 16. I know he wants me to visit NC State in the spring so I'm excited about that.

"I know a little bit about them. I know they had a real good season. They got a big bowl win against West Virginia. I watched that whole game and I was impressed. It seems like their program is under the radar but it's a top program. Watching them you can tell they have the potential to be real powerful."

What does he think of Boston College?

"Boston College is right down the road and I went to one of their bowl practices. I'm definitely pretty interested in Boston College. It's close to home so my dad would be able to come see me play. It's about forty minutes away and all the friends I grew up with could watch me play.

"I like NC State a lot because like I said, they're getting to be a top program. They were ranked in the top 25 earlier this year. BC is close to home. That's what I like about each of them."

Fortunately, Severin doesn't have to make his decision today or any time soon. As a junior he has more than a year before the Signing Day that has any significance for him.

There are several other schools that could be major players in his recruitment down the road.

"I took a visit to Penn State for their game against Michigan and I really liked that," he said. "I also really like schools like Maryland and Iowa. Maryland came to see me a lot.

"Coach Ferentz and coach O'Keefe from Iowa used to coach at my school, Worchester Academy, back in the 80's. My friend committed to Iowa and he's been telling me good things about them."

Severin plans to visit NC State either in the spring or over the summer. He will be attending a junior day at Boston College at the end of January.

This fall the 6-2, 210-pound prospect hauled in 33 receptions for 550 yards. He isn't sure whether he will be a wide receiver or a tight end in college. He said he could also grow into a safety or a linebacker.

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