Checking in with Worcester Acad.'s athletes

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.