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
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."