Football - Wed, Apr. 13, 2005
CHICAGO - The Saint Xavier University football team continued to "beef up" its 2005 roster with the recent additions of Corey Colvin, a sophomore transfer from Langston University (Okla.) and five prep standouts, Shawn Bradley, Ed Dahman, Joe Leccesi, Joe Nee and Matt Renfro, when the group recently signed letters of intent to continue their academic and athletic careers as Cougars at SXU.
Colvin is a Chicago native, who played prep football at De La Salle High School under Scott Baum. He played linebacker at Langston University, but will be moved to the defensive line at Saint Xavier.
"Corey played a little bit of everything at Langston and I think he just wanted to come home," said SXU head football coach Mike Feminis. "He will definitely help us on the defensive line and it could be sooner than later. He was a pretty darn good player in high school."
Bradley and Renfro both played prep football at Rockford Boylan High School in Rockford, Ill., under head coach Dan Appino. Bradley is expected to contribute at the defensive back position at Saint Xavier, while Renfro is expected to play on the offensive line.
"Shawn and Matt are in similar situations in that they will both need a good year or two in the weight room in order to physically compete at our level," said Feminis. "One thing our coaching staff really liked about Shawn was his aggressive style of play, while Matt has good size and moves pretty well."
Dahman is from Joliet, Ill., and played high school football at Minooka High School under head coach Bert Kooi. He played as a tight end and fullback for the Indians.
"Ed is a versatile player, who played both tight end and fullback in high school, but his high school coach thinks his best position in college may be at outside linebacker," said Feminis. "We will see where he fits best and go from there."
Leccesi is a Waukegan, Ill., native, who played on the offensive line during his prep career at Waukegan High School under John Neff. Although he was an offensive tackle in high school, the SXU coaching staff plans to move him to the guard position.
"We were impressed with Joe on film," said Feminis. "He is a little short and will have to play guard for us, but we liked what we saw. He definitely has some potential."
Nee comes to Saint Xavier from Saint Patrick High School in Chicago where he was coached by Dan Galante. Nee will add depth to the defensive back position at SXU, the same position he played during his prep career.
"I coached Joe's uncle (John, who is an assistant coach at St. Rita High School) and he has some of his same qualities," said Feminis. "I know he is going to be a hard-working player for us and, down the road, can be a solid contributor to our program."
Saint Xavier finished the 2004 campaign with an overall record of 7-4 for its fifth straight winning season. The Cougars finished in a tie for second place with Trinity International University (Ill.) in the Mid-States Football Association (MSFA) Midwest League with a 5-2 mark. SXU also ended the season rated No. 23 nationally in the final 2004 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Football Ratings. It is the fourth straight year the Cougars have finished the season rated in the NAIA's top 25.