SXU football coach Mike Feminis had four more Chicago-area recruits sign with the Cougars recently
SXU football coach Mike Feminis had four more Chicago-area recruits sign with the Cougars recently
Football - Fri, Feb. 24, 2017

CHICAGO – Four more Chicago-area high school student-athletes recently decided to extend their playing careers by signing letters of intent to join the Saint Xavier University football team.  The Cougars added a pair of defensive linemen, an offensive lineman and a defensive back.  Listed below is information on each new recruit as well as a quote from SXU football coach Mike Feminis:

Incoming freshman OL Joey Ptasienski (6-4, 260, Mundelein, Ill./Carmel Catholic) – 2016 East Suburban Catholic All-Conference First Team selection, Daily Herald Lake County All-Area Honorable Mention Team

"Joey is a big, strong, physical player who comes off the ball really well," said Feminis. "He is similar to the other three big guys we signed earlier (John Ivlow, Bruce Mesa and Anthony Saro) in that he is physically ready to play college football and will be expected to compete right away."

Incoming freshman DL Xavier Nash (6-1, 225, Chicago, Ill./Phillips) – a key starter on the Phillips football team that won the IHSA 4A state championship game in 2015, had his senior year hampered by injury

"Xavier missed much of his senior season due to injury so he flew under the radar in terms of recruiting" said Feminis.  "He was a three-year starter for the best program in the city and had a great junior year when Phillips won the state championship.  Xavier has a really bright future at SXU."

Incoming freshman DL Luke Malopsy (6-1, 245, Oak Lawn, Ill./Brother Rice)

"Luke lives right down the street from Saint Xavier and it is always nice to get a local player," added Feminis. "He has played both sides of the ball, so we will see how Spring ball and recruiting shakes out then plug him in where we need him the most."

Incoming freshman DB Jack Grove (6-0, 195, New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way Central)

"Jack missed his entire senior year with an injury, but still had the desire to play college football and he will get that opportunity at Saint Xavier," said Feminis. "Jack was voted a team captain before the season and was high recommended by Coach (Jeremy) Cordell at Lincoln-Way Central."