January 22, 2013

Severson ecstatic to be a Buff

Do you believe in fate?

Ryan Severson probably does after going through the recruiting process.

As a kid growing up in Minnesota, Severson had a "big dream" to play college football for the Buffaloes.

"When you are little, the mascot Ralphie is cool and they were always on TV and up until the last couple years they had always been a really good team," Severson said of Colorado. "I just really grew to like them and I like that in Colorado you still get your snow but you still have 300-plus days of sun."

But Colorado was not initially an option so Severson verbally committed to then San Jose State head coach Mike MacIntyre in mid-December. Severson moved from Minnesota to San Jose and played with MacIntyre's son, quarterback Jay MacIntyre, at Valley Christian in 2011 and 2012.

"Jay and I are good friends so Coach 'Mac' would come by our practices and I got to spend a lot of time with him," Severson said.

Roughly a month after MacIntyre was introduced as Colorado's new head coach, Severson got the call he had been waiting for. He was presented with an opportunity to follow the MacIntyres to Boulder and live his dream.

"Coach Mac invited me on the official visit and offered me and that is when I de-committed [from San Jose State] and committed to Colorado," Severson said. "I had to take it. Ever since I was little I had wanted to go there."

Severson took his official visit to Boulder last weekend. While he had been to the state of Colorado before, he had never visited CU's campus. Junior-to-be Brady Daigh served as his player host.

"I really enjoyed all the facilities at Colorado," said the 5-foot-11, 195-pound Severson. "The coaching staff is very caring and professional. I can't wait to play for them."

The Buffaloes are recruiting Severson as an athlete, meaning they are not exactly sure what position he will play at the next level.

"They don't know if they want me on offense or defense. They want to wait to see where I'll fit in best," Severson said. "I talked mostly with [defensive coordinator] Kent Baer on my visit. They don't know how the defense is going to work out yet but they said I'll most likely be a nickel [back] or safety. But I could grow, too, so they just don't know yet."

Severson's 4.46-second electronically timed 40-yard dash was the second-best time out of the nearly 1,300 prospects that attended the Long Beach Nike Combine last April. That time is no fluke. Severson clocked in with a 4.44-second electronically timed 40-yard dash at Oklahoma's camp during his sophomore year.

"My fastest hand-timed 40-yard dash is 4.38-seconds," he said. "My whole life I have been fast. I was blessed to have that."

The Buffaloes will welcome that speed with open arms.

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