Coach Mike Feminis continues to improve his roster with Chicago area players
Coach Mike Feminis continues to improve his roster with Chicago area players
Football - Tue, Feb. 8, 2011

CHICAGO - Saint Xavier University football coach Mike Feminis continues to strengthen his 2011 roster with the addition of three more commitments from incoming freshmen recruits from the Chicago area in wide receiver Nick DeBenedetti, defensive back Mark Williams and offensive lineman Tom Hitz. DeBenedetti played at Andrew High School in Tinley Park, Ill., under Jim Zimmer. Williams joins the Cougars out of Evanston Township High School in Evanston, Ill., under the direction of Mike Burzawa, while Hitz played prep football at St. Rita High School in Chicago under Todd Kuska. Feminis was very impressed with what he has seen from all three of these latest recruits.

DeBenedetti is 5-11 and 175 pounds and had a distinguished prep career with the Thunderbolts. He was named to the SouthtownStar's All-Area team and was a first team selection in the Red Division of the Southwest Suburban Conference (SWSC). DeBenedetti was also invited to play in the 2011 Illinois Coaches Association (ICA) Shrine All-Star Football Game on July 16 in Peoria, Ill. Williams is 5-9 and weighs 175 pounds and played both wide receiver and defensive back for the Wildkits of Evanston Township. He was a first-team all-conference selection in the Central Suburban League. Hitz is 6-1 and 240 pounds and hails from the Beverly area. He earned first team recognition in the Blue Division of the Chicago Catholic League.

"Nick and Mark both picked us over a couple of good Division II schools, so that tells you something right there," said Feminis. "Nick fits perfectly in our spread offense system and has all the tools to be an excellent receiver. He has good speed and soft hands, but also is a terrific route runner. Our coaching staff was very impressed with Nick and thinks he is going to be a top receiver for us at some point in his career.

"Mark is an exceptional athlete, who can play corner or safety," continued Feminis. "With the losses of two All-American corners (Pat Geary and Drew Rogowski), we believe that Mark can compete right away for playing time at corner. He is also a big threat as a kick returner and can help right away in that area as well.

"Tom will definitely have to put some weight and bulk on to play at our level, but our coaches liked what they saw," said Feminis. "He definitely has a lot of potential."