Football - Wed, Mar. 7, 2007
CHICAGO - The Saint Xavier University football team continues to build up its 2007 roster with the recent signings of four more preps. The Cougars landed two players from neighboring Brother Rice High School in Chicago with the additions of running back/linebacker Brendan Sheehy and defensive back Pat Garrity. SXU also picked up two players from Indiana in wide receiver/defensive back Mike Halajcsik and offensive lineman Devin Hamrick.

Sheehy is a 5-11, 190-pound receiver from Chicago, who will make the transition to linebacker next fall with the Cougars. He is the son of Denis and Maureen Sheehy of Chicago. Garrity is a 6-0, 180-pound defensive back and will continue to play in the secondary at the collegiate level. He is the son of Pat and Aimee Garrity of Chicago. Steve Nye coached both players during their high school careers with the Crusaders.

"Brendan and Pat were two of the best players coming out of the Catholic League this year," said Saint Xavier University football coach Mike Feminis. "They are quality young men from a good program and will fit in nicely at Saint Xavier."

Halajcsik is a 6-2, 180-pound wide receiver/defensive back from Whiting, Ind., who will continue to play as a wide receiver next fall for SXU. He played prep football at Whiting High School in Whiting, Ind. Hamrick is a 6-0, 255-pound offensive lineman, who hails from Lafayette, Ind. He played his high school football at Lafayette Jefferson High School in Lafayette, Ind. Hamrick is the son of Charles and Colleen Hamrick of Lafayette.

"Mike was our number one recruit out of Indiana and we think some bigger schools missed the boat on him," said Feminis. "He has all the tools to be an outstanding receiver, because he is very athletic, runs well, and has excellent hands. Devin's high school team ran a similar system of offense to ours and I think that is really going to help him. He has got excellent feet and uses his hands well. I could definitely see Devin competing for a starting position in a couple years."