Football - Mon, Feb. 18, 2008
CHICAGO - Saint Xavier University football coach Mike Feminis recently signed two incoming freshman recruits out of the Rockford area to help him strengthen the future of his defensive line in defensive end Michael Prosser from Rockton, Ill., and Patrick Appino from Rockford, Ill. At 6-3 and 210 pounds, Prosser was a wing back/linebacker at Rockton Hononegah High School in Rockton, Ill., under coach Tim Sughroue, while Appino was a 6-4, 235-pound tight end/linebacker at Rockford Boylan High School in Rockford under coach and father Dan Appino. Rockford Boylan finished 11-1 overall last fall and qualified for the 2007 IHSA Class 7A Boy's Football Quarterfinals.

"Patrick and Michael may have been the two best players from the Northern Illinois Conference (NIC-10)," said Feminis. "Michael is the first player who has turned down a full scholarship at a NCAA Division I-AA school to play at Saint Xavier. He is a big, fast, athletic young man, who can play just about any position on the field. For us, we are looking at Michael to play defensive end and possibly some outside linebacker and may help us down the road on the offensive side as a tight end or power back.

"Patrick is a lot like Michael in that he can play a number of positions," continued Feminis. "We're looking at Patrick to compete for playing time right away on the defensive line, because he has a huge frame and will probably be 250-260 pounds when everything is said and done. Like Michael, I won't be surprised if Patrick helps us on offense at some point too."