Boston High School: Canaan Severin

Worcester Acad.'s Robinson commits to UMass

January, 24, 2012
John Robinson (Springfield, Mass./Worcester Academy) became the fifth Worcester Academy player from the Class of 2012 to commit to a Division I school Tuesday when he announced that he has accepted a scholarship to play for the University of Massachusetts.

Robinson was recruited as both a linebacker and a running back, but Worcester Academy coach Dave Dykeman said Robinson will play defense at UMass.

“UMass has been a dream school of mine for a while,” Robinson said. “It's close to home and I've been to a lot of games there. I've always liked the whole feel of UMass. I'm just happy to be a Minuteman right now.”

Robinson, who missed most of his junior season with a torn ACL, also had offers from Albany, Holy Cross, Colgate and Lafayette. He canceled his official visit to Holy Cross this weekend and will take his official to UMass instead.

“The injury is a non issue,” Robinson said. “I'm wrestling right now.”

Wide receiver Canaan Severin (Virginia), linebacker Steven Daniels (Boston College), defensive back Jordan Lucas (Penn State) and linebacker Corey Majors (Villanova) are the other Worcester Academy players expected to sign with Division I programs on national signing day.

Robinson played high school football at Springfield (Mass.) Cathedral before transferring to Worcester Academy.

Scouts Inc. player rankings updated

November, 1, 2011
ESPN Scouts Inc. has updated its player rankings in its football recruiting database, and there is a new No. 1 at the top. Catholic Memorial athlete Armani Reeves, a Penn State commit, has been named the state's new top prospect for the Class of 2012, and it's a well-deserved spot based on the returns this year so far. Reeves -- who, along with CM teammates Cam Williams and A.J. Doyle were named to the ESPNU 150 Watch List earlier this year -- has 11 touchdowns in four different ways thus far for the 5-1 Knights, who are ranked No. 9 this week in our statewide MIAA Top 25 poll.

You can view the full database rankings by clicking here.

Here's how the new Top 10 looks, with college commitment in parentheses:

1. Armani Reeves, ATH, Catholic Memorial (Penn State)
2. Cam Williams, LB, Catholic Memorial (Penn State)
3. Abner Logan Jr., ATH, Dexter
4. Canaan Severin, ATH, Worcester Academy (Virginia)
5. Eric Olson, OT, BB&N (Northwestern)
6. Jameson McShea, TE, BC High (Temple)
7. Vondell Langston, RB/LB, Everett
8. Tim Joy, LB, Chelmsford (Boston College)
9. Jason Sylva, LB, Tabor Academy (UConn)
10. Preston Cooper, RB, BC High

Worcester's Robinson returning from injury

October, 19, 2011
Roger Brown checks in today on ESPN's East football recruiting blog with Worcester Academy senior running back/linebacker John Robinson, a senior Springfield native who missed most of last season with a torn ACL.

That injury may have played a part in the recruiting process, as he's yet to receive a scholarship offer. Brown writes:

“The injury did make some schools back off, but it feels good,” Robinson said. “They said it won't completely heal for one-and-a-half or two years, but it doesn't hinder me in any way. I'm actually faster now because having the injury made me work out more.”

Robinson said Connecticut and New Hampshire are the schools that have shown the most interest. He has attended a junior day at each school.

“I've also talked to coach [Sean] Devine from BC,” Robinson said. “Stony Brook, UMass, Villanova and Old Dominion are some of the other schools that have contacted my coach. Plus I've talked to Dartmouth.”

Robinson, a senior, repeated his junior year last year. At 6-foot-2 and 225 pounds, he's been told he could play either running back or linebacker at the college level.

“I see myself as a defensive player first,” he said. “I like to hit people.”

Robinson has several teammates who have already committed to Division I schools. That group includes wide receiver Canaan Severin (Virginia), linebacker Steven Daniels (Boston College) and linebacker Corey Majors (Villanova).

“That's how I know I'm a Division I player -- because I line up beside these guys every day,” Robinson said. “I'm just waiting so see how things unfold and which school is the right fit for me not only athletically, but academically.

“At first it was hard not to think that the injury would hurt in terms of recruiting, but my coach told me not to worry about anything. He said things will come, and once it comes it'll all come.”

Severin: Virginia is 'the place I need to be'

September, 19, 2011
WORCESTER, Mass. -– Canaan Severin said his decision to attend the University of Virginia was less about picking the right football program than it was about picking the right school.

Severin, a wide receiver in his senior season at Worcester Academy, announced his decision Monday afternoon. He had double-digit scholarship offers, but had narrowed his options to Boston College, Penn State and Virginia.

“Coach London [Virginia head coach Mike London] is all about education first,” Severin said. “When my dad and I met with him in his office last summer we were there for two hours and I don't think we talked about football once. My dad liked that, and I liked that.

“He's doing great things down there and I want to be on board when it all comes together.”

ESPNU has Severin rated as a three-star athlete, and the No. 6 recruit from Massachusetts in the class of 2012.

“He's a big-play receiver,” Worcester Academy coach David Dykeman said. “He's 6-3, 205 pounds with a tremendous amount of athleticism. The kid's character is unbelievable.

“The future is even brighter for him. When he got here he was a hoop player first. That's changed obviously. He got offered by some great people and some great staffs. I'm excited for him.”

Severin, who lives in Marlborough, originally narrowed his potential landing spots to five schools: Boston College, Connecticut, Iowa, Penn State and Virginia. He then trimmed that list to a final three.

He visited Virginia twice last summer, and took trips to Boston College and Penn State earlier this month. Severin said he plans to study either economics or accounting.

“The decision was a hard one,” Severin said. “I want to say thank you to Penn State and BC for recruiting me. Penn State is definitely a great program and there are great people down there. Same thing with Boston College. It was tough to tell them I wasn't coming, but I think I picked Virginia for all the right reasons. Last week it just hit me. I said, 'Why am I waiting? This is the place I need to be.'”

Severin caught 35 passes for 550 yards and five touchdowns last season. Most schools recruited him to play wide receiver, but Severin said Penn State wanted him to play tight end or an H-back position.

“I think he wanted the opportunity to play wide receiver,” Dykeman said. “There's no question it was BC and Virginia at the end of the day.”

Severin will begin his senior season Saturday, when Worcester Academy plays at Phillips Exeter Academy. He said it was tough to turn down the opportunity to play close to home at Boston College, but added that he felt like it was time for him to experience something new.

“He really had no bad choices,” Dykeman said. “I started to get an indication he was leaning toward Virginia last week. He had a great relationship with Mike London and [defensive coordinator] Jim Reid. I just think he was more comfortable at Virginia. I think Virginia got a great player.”

Worcester Academy's Severin picks UVA

September, 19, 2011
Worcester Academy's Canaan Severin, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound wideout from Marlborough, has decided to make his Class of 2012 announcement for the University of Virginia.

Rated three-stars by ESPNU, Severin had listed Penn State, Boston College and Virginia as his final three schools. He earlier eliminated Iowa and UConn.

Among his other offers were Michigan State, Missouri, North Carolina State, Purdue, Rutgers and Syracuse.

Worcester Academy coach David Dykeman told ESPN's Roger Brown, "Canaan has a great relationship with (Virginia head coach) Mike London and (associate head coach / defensive coordinator) Jim Reed. He was offered by great people and some great staffs. He really didn't have a bad choice. At the end of the day, I just think he was more comfortable at Virginia."

As a junior, Severin had 35 receptions for 550 yards and five touchdowns.

Worcester Acad.'s Severin announcing today

September, 19, 2011
ESPN's Roger Brown passes along that Worcester Academy athlete Canaan Severin will be announcing his decision at 12:45 p.m. today, between his final five of Boston College, UConn, Penn State, Virginia and Iowa.

Severin trimmed the list to five late last June, and gave Brown a rundown on each school.

Check back with us later today.

Worcester's Severin to visit BC on Saturday

September, 1, 2011
ESPN's Roger Brown checks in today on his recruiting blog with Worcester Academy athlete Canaan Severin, who will take an official visit to Boston College this weekend to watch the Eagles take on visiting Northwestern in the season-opener for both teams.

BC is one of five schools the Marlborough resident is considering, along with UConn, Virginia, Penn State and Iowa.

But as Brown notes, Severin could be getting some pressure from in-state Penn State commits Armani Reeves and Camren Williams, both of Catholic Memorial:

He said he'd like to take at least two official visits, and could take as many as four.

"I've only set up one official visit so far," he said. "I'd like to take my officials and talk to the coaches, but time is a factor. Schools have to fill up their recruiting board."

Severin said he will attend the Penn State-Alabama game on Sept. 10 with two other Massachusetts residents who have committed to Penn State: four-star linebacker Camren Williams (Easton, Mass./Catholic Memorial) and three-star defensive back Armani Reeves (Easton, Mass./Catholic Memorial).

"They really want me to join them [at Penn State]," Severin said. "I'll make my decision when it feels right."

Worcester Acad.'s Severin cuts it to five

August, 17, 2011
ESPN's Roger Brown checks in today on his recruiting blog with Worcester Academy athlete Canaan Severin, who has cut his list of schools down to five.

The Marlborough resident and three-star prospect has dwindled it down to Boston College, UConn, Penn State, Iowa and Virginia. Brown points to the Penn State pipeline, and how Severin played together with Catholic Memorial teammates and Nittany Lions commits Armani Reeves and Camren Williams down at a 7-on-7 at Rutgers University earlier this year.

Could it be a factor? Brown writes:

Severin, who is being recruited as a receiver, has no official visits scheduled, but said he plans to attend the Sept. 10 game between Alabama and Penn State with Williams and Reeves.

However, Severin made it clear that Penn State is not his clear-cut favorite. He said he likes the coaching staffs at Connecticut and Iowa, talked about the appeal of playing college football in his home state and raved about his trip to Virginia last weekend.

"It went very well," he said. "They want me really bad. It's beautiful down there. Coach [Mike] London is someone you want to be around."

Severin said he would like to take some of his official visits before he makes a decision.

"I want to take at least two, maybe four," he said. "Time is big too, because these schools need to fill up their recruitment board.

"I want to talk to the coaches a little more. Find out what my role will be there and how the school is going to help me other than football. Whenever it feels right I'll make the decision."

For more recruiting updates on New England's top high school football talent, be sure to check out Brown's ESPN blog.

No favorites yet for Worcester Acad.'s Severin

June, 6, 2011
ESPN's Roger Brown checks in today with Worcester Academy's Canaan Severin, who says he is taking the recruiting process slow and isn't quite yet ready to name favorites.

Purdue became the 11th school to offer the Marlborough native, with a verbal offer coming in late May to add to an impressive list that includes Iowa, Penn State, Boston College, UConn, Virginia, NC State, Rutgers, Syracuse, Villanova and Western Michigan. Last week, he took unofficial visits to Virginia and NC State; he made similar visits to BC and UConn earlier in the year.

The latter two, though, are in a special category. Brown writes:

Severin did say that he was putting BC and Connecticut "in a different category" because of each school's location.

"I live 45 minutes from BC and about 50 minutes from UConn," he said. "If I went to either of those schools my dad could come watch me play."

Severin said he will visit Penn State this weekend, and will visit Iowa June 14-15.

Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Stanford and Tennessee are among the other schools recruiting him, Severin said.

"I kind of like the idea of committing before my senior season, but I also want to use my official visits to check things out," he said. "It's a big decision. I don't want to rush it."

For more recruiting updates on New England's top high school football talent, be sure to check out Brown's ESPN blog.

Five from NE nominated for US Army All-American

May, 11, 2011
Five New Englanders are among the nominees for next year's U.S. Army All-American Bowl, to be played on Jan. 7 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, broadcast nationally on NBC.

Masuk (Conn.) quarterback Casey Cochran and New Hampton (N.H.) quarterback Jake Kiley join three Massachusetts natives on the list of nominees: Worcester Academy athlete Canaan Severin, and Catholic Memorial's Camren Williams and Armani Reeves.

From the list of more than 440 nominees nationally, 90 will ultimately be selected to the game. A full list of nominees can be found here.

Checking in with Worcester Acad.'s athletes

April, 29, 2011
ESPN's Roger Brown checks in today on his recruiting blog with two of Worcester Academy's football stars who led the Hilltoppers on the gridiron this past year, athlete Canaan Severin and quarterback Jon Pieterse.

Severin, a Marlborough native, told Brown that he is now up to 10 scholarship offers, having added Western Michigan and Syracuse to the stack. Boston College, Rutgers, Virginia, NC State, Iowa, Penn State, UConn and Villanova are the other schools offering for the 6-foot-2, 210-pound Severin, who repeated his sophomore year at Worcester Academy after transferring from Marlborough High. Maryland is also on the radar.

Coaches from Boston College, Connecticut, Penn State and Notre Dame also stopped by Worcester Academy's campus this week. Severin told Brown that Stanford was scheduled to visit today.

“I think I have to do a lot more research on the schools,” Severin told Brown. “One of the coaches gave me some good advice. He said, ‘You have to see a lot of schools before you know which ones you like and don’t like.’”

As for a decision, Severin says there is no rush.

“I probably won’t decide until after my senior season,” he told Brown. “I don’t want to rush anything. This is one of the biggest decisions of my life.”

Meanwhile, Pieterse told Brown that he will be pursuing a post-graduate season at Salisbury (Conn.) next year.

Pieterse -- who missed most of his junior year with a broken collarbone -- took an unofficial visit to Central Michigan earlier this month, and told Brown he plans to visit Purdue and Pitt as well.

“The bigger schools suggested I do a postgraduate year,” Pieterse told Brown.

For more recruiting updates on New England's top high school football talent, be sure to check out Brown's blog.

WA's Severin now holds four D1 offers

March, 1, 2011
ESPN's Roger Brown checks in today with Worcester Academy athlete and ESPN150 Watch Lister Canaan Severin, who picked up his latest offer last weekend from Penn State to bring his Division 1 FBS offer total to four. Boston College, NC State and Virginia have been the other schools offering to date.

There is no general consensus among college coaches whether the Marlborough resident projects as either a wide receiver or defensive back. Severin told Brown he's open to playing wherever needed.

"I like scoring touchdowns," Severin said. "That gives you a great feeling. But laying a big hit on a receiver over the middle is a good feeling too. Schools have been telling me I'm a good enough athlete that if it doesn't work out on offense they can move me to defense. Or if it doesn't work out on defense, move me to offense."

Michigan, Tennessee, Miami (Fla.), Maryland, UConn, Iowa and Rutgers are among the other schools showing interest in the 6-foot-3, 210-pound junior, who re-classified to the Class of 2012 following his sophomore year at Marlborough High.

For more recruiting updates on New England's top high school football talent, be sure to check out Brown's blog.

Preseason All-State Hoops squads

December, 8, 2010
High school basketball season is finally upon us, and to kick things off, we're unveiling our All-State teams for both boys and girls basketball. Without further ado...



First Team
G – Joe Bramanti, Sr., Andover
F – Pat Connaughton, Sr., St. John’s Prep
F – Richard Rodgers, Sr., St. John’s (Shrewsbury)
F – Jake Layman, Jr., King Philip
C – Jimmy Zenevitch, Sr., Central Catholic

Second Team
G – Victor Aytche, Sr., West Springfield
G – Steve Wynn, Jr., New Bedford
F – Samir McDaniels, Sr., New Mission
F – Akosa Maduegbanum, Jr., Charlestown
F – Noah Vonleh, Soph., Haverhill

Third Team
G – Zach Hurynowicz, Sr., Burlington
G – Jules Tavares, Sr., New Bedford
G – Jon Henault, Sr., St. Bernard’s
F – Shane Sims, Sr. Brockton
C – John Swords, Sr., Lincoln-Sudbury

Mass. All-NEPSAC (post-grads excluded)

First Team
G – Rene Castro, Soph., Beaver Country Day
G – Marcus Grant, Sr., Lawrence Academy
F – Alex Murphy, Jr., St. Mark’s
C – Kaleb Tarczewski, Jr., St. Mark’s
C – Dennis Clifford, Sr., Milton Academy

Second Team
G – Jaylen Brantley, Soph., Wilbraham & Monson
G – Canaan Severin, Jr., Worcester Academy
F – Nik Stauskas, Jr., St. Mark’s
F – Andrew Chrabascz, Soph., Cushing Academy
F – Evan Cummins, Jr., Northfield-Mt. Hermon


First Team
G – Blake Dietrick, Sr., Wellesley
G – Kendall Burton, Sr., Newton South
G – Nicole Boudreau, Jr., Andover
G – Khadijah Ellison, Sr., Burke
F – Mariah Lesure, Sr., Amherst

Second Team
G – Natalie Gomez-Martinez, Sr., Andover
G – Briana Hunt, Sr., Newton North
F – Elizabeth Belanger, Jr., Acton-Boxborough
F – Leigha Tacey, Sr., Foxborough
F – Melissa Miller, Sr., Central Catholic

Third Team
G – Blake Underhill, Jr., Ashland
G – Gabie Polce, Sr., Central Catholic
G – Sophie Bikofsky, Sr., Newton South
F – Shannon Holt, Jr., Wachusett
F – Amanda Harrington, Sr., Sutton

N.E. represented in 2012 watch list

September, 4, 2010
ESPNU has released its Top 150 Watch List for the Class of 2012, and five New Englanders are in the mix.

Billerica's Nick LaSpada, Masuk's Casey Cochran, Worcester Academy's Canaan Severin, and Catholic Memorial stalwarts Armani Reeves and Camren Williams were all named to the list of the top 300 juniors nationally. The list will eventually be whittled down to 150, but it's a good starting point.

On another note, LaSpada told correspondent Roger Brown this week that Alabama and Illinois were amongst the schools that called him on Wednesday. Read more on his recruiting blog here.