Wide receivers coach Dennis Springer first got in touch with Severs last winter, but he attended a summer camp at NU his sophomore year and has since considered it a potential landing spot. Severs was impressed with the campus, the weight room, and most of all, Ryan Field.
"The camp was good. I have only good memories from it," he said. "I knew after that it was a school that I was interested in. Walking around there, experiencing all the football facilities, everything was really nice. I especially liked their field. I got a great feel from it"
While the camp left Severs feeling optimistic about the school and the program more broadly, he hopes to make a return visit this summer.
"I'd love to get back on campus, tour the facility and meet some more of the coaches," he said. "I enjoyed it when I camped there a while back, so seeing it again is something I definitely want to do."
NU's academic stature and reputation strongly factor in Severs' interest in the school, while coach Fitzgerald's attitude and competitive fire differ, in an exciting, altogether favorable way, from other Big Ten coaches. Another favorable aspect of the school, Severs said, is its close proximity to his Macomb, Illinois, home.
"I'd be honored to play there, for coach Fitzgerald," he said. "Everything I've heard about the school has been good, and every time I talk to a new coach or some one around the school, it's been positive."