Football - Wed, Feb. 1, 2006
CHICAGO - Corey Smith and Wade Novak of Lincoln-Way East High School in Frankfort, Ill., and Donnie Selby of Shepard High School in Palos Heights, Ill., have all signed letters of intent to continue both their athletics and academic careers at Saint Xavier University as members of the Cougar football program. The three incoming freshmen will add depth to a football team, which earned a berth in the 2005 NAIA Championship Series and finished with a 9-3 overall record.

Both Smith, a defensive lineman, and Novak, an offensive lineman, were coached by Rob Zvonar during their prep careers at Lincoln-Way East. The Griffins finished the 2005 campaign with a perfect 13-0 record and beat Maine South High School, 30-24, in the IHSA Class 8A state championship.

"I think Corey has a chance to help us right away on the defensive line," said Saint Xavier University football coach Mike Feminis. "With his size (6-4, 250 lbs.) and athletic ability, he can play both inside and outside for us, which gives him a big up-side. Wade is going to be a solid lineman for our program down the road. He was Lincoln-Way East's best offensive lineman and we're happy to get him."

Selby was a running back last fall at Shepard High School under coach Andrew Deines. He will also play on the Saint Xavier University baseball team in 2007 under coach Mike Dooley.

"Donnie is a tremendous athlete, who will have the opportunity to play two sports at Saint Xavier," said Feminis. "I can see Donnie helping us right away on all of our running special teams, because he can flat out run. He also plays with great intensity."