No favorites yet for Worcester Acad.'s Severin

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.