Worcester Acad.'s Severin cuts it to five

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.