Football - Fri, Jan. 29, 2010
CHICAGO - Saint Xavier University football coach Mike Feminis recently got two more commitments by incoming freshmen recruits from the Chicagoland area in running back Nick Pesek and Trace Wanless. Pesek played at Oak Lawn Community High School in Oak Lawn, Ill., under coach Ron Thornburgh, while Wanless played prep football at Glenbard South High School in Glen Ellyn, Ill., under Dan Starkey. Coach Feminis feels that both incoming freshmen have the physical attributes to contribute on the field as early as next fall.

Pesek is 5-9 and 180 pounds and was a standout running back for the Spartans at Oak Lawn Community. He lives in Oak Lawn with his parents Frank and Lisa Pesek. Wanless is 6-0 and weighs 185 pounds and played quarterback for the Raiders at Glenbard South. He will likely switch over to the wide receiver position to start his playing career with the Cougars. Wanless is the son of Alex Wanless and Rene Devine.

"Nick is the perfect running back for our spread offense system and he chose us over some very good NCAA Division II programs," said Feminis. "He is very quick and has great balance, so I would not be surprised if he gets on the field and contributes as a freshman. Trace might be our next Bill McKeon. He is a special athlete, who can do everything on a football field. He has a great arm, but we think he can help us right away at the receiver position. Trace will flourish in our system no matter where he plays."