Football - Thu, Apr. 8, 2004
CHICAGO -- The Saint Xavier University football team continues to sign talented high school players from around the Chicagoland area in preparation for the 2004 season. Head coach Mike Feminis recently added seven area preps to his roster. They include: Clark Campos, John Anastopolous, Tom Gruben, Steve Lanners, John Cullota, Brian Ronan and Robert Henderson. Campos is a linebacker out of Morton High School, who played under Anthony Grazzini. He is a native of Stickney, Ill.
"Clark reminds me of Matt Derry (current standout SXU linebacker), which is a heck of a compliment because Matt has been our best defensive player over the last two years at two different positions (linebacker and strong safety)," said Feminis. "Like Matt, Clark played linebacker and there is no doubt in my mind he can be outstanding at the position for us too. When Matt is gone, our immediate need will be at strong safety and we think Clark is athletic enough to play safety at our level. He has got a tremendous nose for the ball and is a great finisher."
Anastopolous and Gruben are both out of Joliet Catholic High School and played under Dan Sharp. Anastopolous was an offensive lineman at Joliet Catholic and is expected to play offensive line for the Cougars. Gruben will serve as a defensive back, the same position in played in high school.
"If John was a few inches taller, he would be going somewhere else," said Feminis. "With him and Jake Ziesmer in the fold, you are talking about the two starting guards from a program that set a school record for rushing yardage in a season. Tom is not the biggest cornerback in the world, but he loves contact. He plays the position like a safety-very physical. I think he also runs well enough to play corner at our level. This gives us four guys now from Dan Sharp's program as possible. These guys are winners."
The Cougars also signed Steve Lanners, a SICA Green All-Conference and Star Publications All-Area Special Mention linebacker from Tinley Park High School as well as John Cullota, a running back from Notre Dame High School in Chicago; Brian Ronan, a kicker from Andrew High School from Tinley Park; and Robert Henderson, a linebacker from Wirt High School in Gary, Ind.