July 19, 2010

2012 ATH on UConn radar

Class of 2012 prospects won't be signing with colleges for almost two more years but that won't keep college coaches from trying to get an early jump on some of the nation's top young talents. The UConn coaches are already taking a hard look at one of the region's top athletes.

The athlete the Huskies have in mind is Canaan Severin, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound athlete from Worcester (Mass.) Worcester Academy.

It's still too early to tell what position Severin will be playing in the college ranks because he has a lot of growing to do, both physically and mentally, over the next two years. Emotionally Severin seems mature beyond his years, and has a good grasp of the recruiting process and how to go about things.

Boston College has already verbally offered Severin a scholarship, while UConn and Iowa are two schools that have shown major interest.

"UConn came by my school and told my coach they are going to be watching me over the next couple of years," Severin told UConnReport.com this week. "They said they really like how I play. My coach actually sent them a highlight tape of me. I was supposed to go up there for one day but I couldn't make it.

"I think that's definitely a place I'd be interested in going. It's in one of the six super conferences and that's definitely what I want to play in. At this point I want to play in the highest level of college football."

Severin lines up at wide receiver and safety for Worcester Academy. Those are the positions he believes he projects best at in college. Though he is listed as 6-foot-2, Severin says he is closer to 6-foot-3 or 6-foot-4, and truthfully he may not even be done growing. How would he describe his game?

"I feel like since I'm kind of a bigger wide receiver I'm sort of like a Brandon Marshall or an Andre Johnson. Maybe not that good yet," he laughed. "Someone like that. For safety I play like Taylor Mays, since he's a bigger safety and kind of a physical specimen. I'm just bigger than most other safeties now. I'm not thin and I'm not 5-10 or anything."

Severin said it is too early to talk about favorites and he doesn't plan on making a very early decision.

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