CHICAGO – It is said that success in football starts on the lines and that is why Saint Xavier University head football coach Mike Feminis is thrilled with the recent signings of offensive lineman Andrew Schooler and defensive linemen Michael Bentley and Nick Kijurna. Coming off their 2011 NAIA National Championship season, the Cougars wanted to fill some holes left by graduation on both lines and each of these recruits possess the type of frame needed to have successful collegiate careers. Feminis already envisions bright playing careers for this trio at SXU.
Schooler (6-1, 265 pounds) hails from Valparaiso, Ind., and had a standout prep career at Valparaiso High School under head coach Mark Hoffman. He is the son of Ron and Laura Schooler. Bentley (6-0, 275 pounds) transfers in from Glendale Community College in Arizona where he signed, but did not play last season. He had a stellar high school career at Estrella Foothills High School and his family now resides in Goodyear, Ariz., after moving from Lowell, Ind., a few years ago. Bentley is the son of Scott and Melissa Bergstrom. Kijurna (6-4, 235 pounds) comes out of Lowell, Ind., where he enjoyed an impressive prep career at Lowell High School under head coach Keith Kilmer. He is the son of Dan and Kristi Kilmer.
"Andrew was a dominant player on both sides of the ball in high school, but our greater need right now after signing five quality defensive linemen will be for him to come in as an offensive lineman," said Feminis. "Drew is an incredibly strong young man, who is physically ready to play college football and he will get the opportunity to compete for playing time right away.
"We have a nice little pipeline going at Lowell with Nick and Michael coming after Cole Midgett and Jordan Juarez (current Cougar players) signed a year ago," continued Feminis. "Nick has a chance to be a dominant defensive end with his big frame and long arms. He really gets after people and I can see us utilizing him as a tight end as well in short yardage and goal-line packages. Michael was originally from Lowell, but his family moved to Arizona after his freshman year. Fortunately for us, he and Cole remained pretty close and Cole told him about the great experience he is having at SXU and that peaked Michael's interest. Michael is an extremely strong individual and we are expecting him to step right in and help us at our 1-technique on the defensive line."