Football - Tue, Mar. 4, 2008
CHICAGO - Saint Xavier University football coach Mike Feminis has added four more names to his 2008 football roster with the recent signings of four incoming freshmen recruits. Two of the recruits, 5-10, 180-pound kicker/punter A.J. Nichols, and 5-10, 185-pound defensive back Keith Nunez, hail from the Chicagoland area and both played prep football at Mount Carmel High School in Chicago. The remaining pair include: John Kennedy, a 5-9, 175-pound defensive back out of Andrean High School in Merrillville, Ind., and Ben Touzinsky, a 6-2, 240-pound defensive lineman out of Great Oak High School in Temecula, Calif.

"A.J. obviously has some big shoes to fill, but we think he is going to be a good one," said Feminis. "He was one of the best kickers in the Chicago area and is solid at all three phases of kicking (field goals, kickoffs, and punts), which you do not see that often. I'm sure it will take A.J. some time to make the transition of kicking off a tee to the ground, but he will do fine. Keith was a two-year starter and a very steady player at an outstanding high school program. He is a versatile athlete, who can play corner or safety and is definitely a quality addition to our secondary.

"John was one of the best players in Northwest Indiana and reminds me a little of Drew Rogowski (current SXU player), which is a great compliment," continued Feminis. "I think he can come in and compete for playing time right away as a nickel back and special teams player. Ben's family was originally from the Chicago area and he really wanted to go to a school in the Midwest. He can help us at one of our interior defensive line positions as a freshman. He has nice size and a good motor."