CHICAGO – Joining college football coaches across the nation celebrating "National Signing Day," Saint Xavier University football coach Mike Feminis was pleased to announce the signings of three more talented defensive prep players from the Chicagoland area that will be joining next season's SXU roster. The trio includes: Joliet Catholic's Jackson Shanklin (6-2, 180 lbs.), Crete-Monee's Rudolfo Antuna (6-1, 295 lbs.) and Steinmetz's Anthony Kowalczyk (6-3, 230 lbs.). This group helps solidify a very impressive recruiting class for the Cougars and has Feminis very optimistic about the future of Saint Xavier University Football.
Shanklin was named to the 2013 East Suburban Catholic Conference Football All-Conference Team and the 2013 Joliet Herald News All-Area Second Team. Antuna was an honorable mention on the 2013 The Times 2013 Illinois All-Area Football Team following his senior season. Kowalczyk was one of the leading tacklers in the Chicago Big Shoulders Conference this past fall and is also a two-time all-conference selection.
"Time will tell, but this could be the best recruiting class in the history of our program," said Feminis. "To get Jackson now after already signing the other three Joliet Catholic players (Mike Ivlow, Jalen Hansel and Justin Hunter) who signed early is unbelievable. He is a tall, rangy safety who plays with an edge and will bring toughness and physicality to our secondary.
"Rudy is a big, thick, strong interior lineman, who is very similar to Josh Wallick (current SXU player)," continued Feminis. "He uses his hands well and will be difficult for any offensive lineman to move. Rudy is physically ready to play and should compete right away.
"Anthony played middle linebacker in high school, but we feel his future will be as a defensive end," said Feminis. "We like his size and he moves really well for a big guy, so it will be interesting to see how he develops over the next year or two."