Severin To Camp at Rutgers

Rutgers jumped into the race for Worcester (Mass.) Academy standout Canaan Severin by offering a scholarship in the last week, but for what position? The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder spoke to about it, his connection with the Rutgers staff, his recruiting list and his knowledge of the Scarlet Knightts.

Worcester (Mass.) Academy's Canaan Severin saw his offer list grow to double digits recently, and one of the schools entering the fray was Rutgers.

But one of the interesting things concerning Severin is where the Scarlet Knights want him to play. He said it remains to be seen, but the options include receiver, defensive back and, if his body grows into it, tight end.

The Scarlet Knights showed their interest in Severin when assistant coach Robb Smith and Jeff Hafley visited Worcester Academy in May, and the 6-foot-3, 205-pound Severin is returning the interest by camping at Rutgers.

"Coach Smith was at my school about a month ago," Severin said. "He's been talkeing to me about getting there for a visit and seeing the campus, and I'm going to a one-day camp there, on June 26."

Within the last week Rutgers extended an offer to Severin, but he is unsure of the position the Scarlet Knights like him at best.

"That's one of the main reasons they want me to go to the camp," he said. "They want to see what they like me as, and what I can do on the field. It's offense or defense; they're trying to see what my best fit is at Rutgers."

As a junior, Severin made 35 catches for 550 yards and five touchdowns. He had five interceptions while playing in the secondary, and during a 7-on-7 on the Rutgers campus in February showed very good athleticism and sure hands.

And during that trip to New Jersey he got his first exposure to Rutgers by taking an unofficial visit the day before the event began.

"The person that did the tour, he was saying there's a lot of history with Rutgers football," Severin said. "That's the birthplace of college football. I thought that was pretty cool that it was where they played the first game."

Severin also has a connection to Rutgers, through his coach, David Dykeman.

"(Coach Hafley) seems like a real cool guy," Severin said. "He and my coach are really good friends. They were roommates in college."

Severin said he holds offers from Boston College, Connecticut, Iowa, North Carolina State, Penn State, Purdue, Syrcause, Villanova, Virginia and Western Michigan, and is getting strong interest from Notre Dame.

However, he is not listing any favorites.

"I'm going to cut it down in mid-summer, or maybe late summer," Severin said.

Scarlet Report Top Stories