Football - Wed, Jan. 6, 2010
CHICAGO - Just a month after wrapping up a historic 13-1 season, Saint Xavier University football coach Mike Feminis got three commitments from some talented transfers originally from the Chicagoland area. Defensive back Dave Marciano from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Ill.; defensive lineman Shane Liston from University of Dayton (Ohio) and quarterback Joe Gill from Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill., all recently signed letters of intent to continue their collegiate careers as Cougars. Liston will join SXU as a junior with two years remaining of eligibility, while Marciano and Gill both red-shirted last fall and will come to SXU with four years of playing eligibility.

Marciano is 5-10 and 205 pounds and originally hails from Chicago, where he attended St. Rita High School. Liston, at 6-2 and 240 pounds, is also a Chicago native and played prep football at Joliet Catholic Academy in Joliet, Ill. Gill is 6-4 and 225 pounds and hails from Munster, Ind., where he enjoyed a standout prep career at Munster High School.

"Signing these three young men for the spring semester was a great Christmas gift," said Feminis. "Marciano and Gill were preferred walk-ons at our state schools and just felt that a place like SXU was a better fit. Fortunately, both were red-shirted so they have four years of eligibility remaining.

"David is a tremendous athlete and very similar to Jeremy Rhodes (current SXU defensive back)," continued Feminis. "He can play the Sam linebacker or either safety position in our defensive scheme and I fully expect him to make an immediate impact next fall. Joe is a big quarterback, who can flat out throw the ball. He gives us great insurance for next year playing behind Anthony Kropp (current SXU starting quarterback) and will certainly compete for the starting job after Anthony graduates. Shane has two years of eligibility left and simply wanted to come back to the Chicago area to finish his education and play closer to home. He is a very solid player, who we recruited out of Joliet Catholic a few years ago and can play either inside or outside."