Football - Fri, Apr. 2, 2004
CHICAGO -- The Saint Xavier University football team continues to add depth and talent to its defense with the recent signings of four recruits from 2003 IHSA Class 6A second-round qualifier and SICA (Orange) conference champion Oak Forest High School. Don Larkin, Eric Bryce, Jason Hospes and Justin Bergman have all signed letters of intent to continue their athletic and academic careers as part of the Cougar football program. All four players were SICA Orange All-Conference players in addition to being named to the Star Publications All-Area Team. Larkin was also named the conference offensive player of the year at quarterback and made the Southtown Economist All-Area Team. He will serve as a defensive back for the Cougars this fall. Oak Forest finished the 2003 regular season with a perfect 9-0 record. All four Oak Forest recruits played under Brian McDonough.

"I think we've signed five of the best players from a pretty darn good football team," said SXU head football coach Mike Feminis. "What stood out when we watched Oak Forest on film was they were not very big, but extremely quick. They can all run. With David Gonzalez already committing to us about a month ago, we are talking about five guys, who received all-area recognition. "

"Larkin is an exceptional athlete, who obviously had a tremendous career playing quarterback at Oak Forest," continued Feminis. "We feel he will get on the field sooner if we move him to the defensive side of the ball. Hospes is a playmaker. He went both ways for Oak Forest, but I think his future with us will be at corner. Bryce was more like a rush end in (Oak Forest's) system and has a pretty good frame (6-1, 200) on him. He will be a nice addition when he gets in the weight room and bulks up a bit. Bergman is a little undersized (5-10, 190), but that does not bother me, because he is a solid linebacker."

Both Bryce and Bergman will add depth to the linebacker position for SXU, while Larkin and Hospes will contribute as defensive backs in the Cougar secondary.