Posted by Bryan Fischer
Just a few days after head coach Mike London told reporters that he didn't think Virginia's recruiting strategy would change much with the ACC's addition of Syracuse and Pitt, the Caviliers reached into Big East territory to grab a commitment from Worcester (Mass.) athlete Canaan Severin on Monday.
"It's definitely about the people down there," Severin told CavsCorner.com. "It's the coaching staff, from Coach London to Coach (Jim) Reid. The first time I met Coach Reid, I just got a really good first impression. He liked the way I acted and he liked my personality. I like what they're doing down there."
Severin is ranked as the 10th-best athlete in the country by MaxPreps and adds to a very strong recruiting class for Virginia. The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder can play either safety or wide receiver but will likely end up on offense when he heads south for college.
"I just feel like Virginia is where I'm going to be successful," he said. "I'm going in with that mindset. With that offense I feel like I can succeed. I see myself fitting in pretty good. I'm going to do my thing."
Severin is the 25th commitment for Virginia's class of 2012. He held offers from Penn State, Rutgers, Michigan State and other schools as well.
"At the FS position he shows an outstanding burst, excellent range, smarts, and instincts," Maxpreps analyst Tom Lemming said. "He makes the calls in the secondary and shows the agility of a CB and the hard-hitting style of an SS. A sure handed receiver on offense with decent speed, great strength, and good leaping ability, he's a possession receiver who dominates the red zone."