CHICAGO – The 2011 NAIA National Champion Saint Xavier University football team continued to strengthen its 2012 roster with the recent announcement of five talented prep players from around the Chicagoland area. The new additions include: linebackers Brandon Peterson (Wheaton-Warrenville South) and Jonathan Fasel (Crete-Monee), strong safety Kevin Salmon (Brother Rice), defensive lineman Trace Shoup (St. Rita) and wide receiver Sean Jones(Homewood-Flossmoor). Head coach Mike Feminis was thrilled with the recent signings and strongly believes that some of these players will be able to contribute immediately as freshmen.
"Brandon and Jonathon were at the top of our recruiting list and we are very excited to have both of them," said Feminis. "Both have good size and speed, plus the instincts to be outstanding linebackers. They will be counted on right away as key contributors on special teams and no doubt challenge for starting spots in the near future.
"Kevin has the size and athleticism to play strong safety or outside linebacker," continued Feminis. "Like Peterson and Fasel, I think Kevin can help us immediately on special teams and will likely compete for playing time on defense sooner rather than later. Trace is a big kid (6-1, 295 lbs.), who I think may have fallen through the cracks. Signing a few interior defensive linemen was a priority for us this year, and when you watch Trace on film, the offensive linemen just can't move him. I also think he has good feet for a guy his size. Sean is a talented athlete, who excelled in a spread offense and we think he will fit right in with us. He will have a chance to learn the system as a freshman and should be ready to compete for a starting job his second year."
Peterson is 6-1 and 210 pounds and is the son of Brian and Traci Peterson. Fasel comes in at 6-0 and 220 pounds and is the son of Lamar and Kim McGee. Salmon is the son of John and Sue Salmon and brings a 6-1, 200-pound frame to the SXU roster. Out of Forest View, Shoup is the son of Elizabeth Shoup. Jones brings a 6-0, 170-pound frame and is the son of Oren and Felicia Jones.