CHICAGO –Saint Xavier University head football coach Mike Feminis announced Thursday the signing of four more Chicago area preps, who will bring their talents on the gridiron to help the Cougars defend their national championship in 2012. The new recruits include: linebackers Dan Fitzgerald (St. Rita) and Mike Sheehy (Brother Rice) as well as wide receivers Dan Ladd (St. Rita) and Ryan Carroll (Marist). The announcement comes just a day after Feminis released the names of his initial five prep recruits on National College Football Signing Day.
"It's always great to get guys from your own backyard," said Feminis. "Sheehy (inside linebacker) and Fitzgerald (outside linebacker) can probably both help us out on special teams this fall and will add depth at the Will and Sam linebacker positions. Both are just good, solid football players. Carroll is very talented and has the advantage of playing in a great spread offense at Marist, so our stuff shouldn't be a big transition for him. We think Ryan has a tremendous future here and could compete for a starting job as soon as his second year. Ladd is a tall, rangy player who could develop into a reliable receiver down the road. What is also neat is that he will be able to play with his brother (starting right tackle Tim Ladd) for two years."
Fitzgerald is 6-1 and 190 pounds and is the son of Bill and Amy Fitzgerald. Ladd comes in at 6-1 and 175 pounds and is the son of Dave and Peggy Ladd. Both played under Todd Kuska at St. Rita High School in Chicago. Sheehy is 5-10 and 200 pounds and is the son of Dennis and Maureen Sheehy. He was coached by Steve Nye at Brother Rice High School in Chicago. Carroll has a 5-10, 175 pound frame and is the son of Mike and Laura Carroll. He played his prep career for Pat Dunne at Marist High School in Chicago.