CHICAGO - Saint Xavier University football coach Mike Feminis recently
got three commitments from incoming freshmen recruits from the Chicagoland area
in defensive back Clayton Fejedelem, wide receiver Alex Kolodziej and offensive lineman Frank
Markasovic. Fejedelem played at Lemont
High School in Lemont, Ill., under Eric Michaelsen. Kolodziej joins the Cougars out of Joliet
Catholic Academy in Joliet, Ill., under the direction of Dan Sharp, while Markasovic
played prep football at Providence Catholic High School in New Lenox, Ill.,
under Mark Coglianese. Feminis thinks
that all three of these players have the ability to contribute on the field as
soon as next fall.
Fejedelem is 6-1 and 185
pounds and was a highly decorated player for the Indians. He lives in Lemont and was a member of the Illinois
High School Association (IHSA) Class 6A Coaches All-State Team, a special
mention on the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun Times all-state teams and a
first team all-area selection by the Southtown
Star and Joliet Herald News. Kolodziej is 6-2 and weighs 215 pounds and
played wide receiver for the Hilltoppers at Joliet Catholic. He was named to the first team of both the Joliet Herald News All-Area Team as well
as the East Suburban Catholic League.
Markasovic is 6-2 and 270 pounds and hails from Frankfort, Ill. He was a first team all-conference selection
in the Chicago Catholic League Blue Division in addition to a third team
all-area pick by the Joliet Herald News.
"It's great to keep the
pipeline going at these three outstanding programs," said Feminis. "Clayton chose us over some top NCAA Division
II schools and I think having the opportunity to play with his brother, Ryan,
may have tipped the scales in our favor.
Clayton is a very talented young man, who I think can help us right away
in the secondary and on special teams.
He was a big-time playmaker in high school and should have a great
"Alex is an absolute steal
and wanted to come to SXU from day one, because of his brother, Andrew, who had
a great experience here," continued Feminis.
"We saw Alex in our 7-on-7 camp last summer and were very
impressed. We crossed our fingers that
the Division I programs would overlook him, because he would give us a ton of
flexibility with his great size, running ability and excellent hands. Combine that with the fact that he is a
tenacious blocker and you have a guy that we could line up in the slot, as a
tight end and even do some things as an H-back.
"Frank is a big, physical
young man, who should develop into a solid starter at some point in his career
for us and it could be sooner rather than later," said Feminis. "Depending on how quickly he catches on to
our blocking schemes and protections, I would not be surprised if he made our
traveling team as a freshman."