StFX X-Men pull out all the stops to get recent commits

The X-Men welcome an out-of-province CJFLer and local high schooler to their team.

The Saint Francis Xavier X-Men knew what they wanted and did all that they could to get it. That’s how they got Isaac Fagnan, a receiver from Bonnyville Centralized High School and Dashawn Smith, an offensive lineman from Citadel High School.

Isaac Fagnan

Courtesy of Isaac Fagnan.

As a recruiter, you need to make a strong case to convince an athlete to move across the country to play football, especially when they have other offers. For Isaac Fagnan, St.FX did just that.

“They really went of out their way in terms of recruiting me and making me feel welcome. Coach Heuvel was a big reason why I chose to continue my football journey with the X-Men. He stuck with me through the whole recruiting process and never gave up,” Fagnan said.

It’s this determination by the coaches that will transfer into positivity on the field. “Coach Heuvel, along with the rest of the X-Men coaching staff, have created a winning culture over the years and I look forward to being apart of it in the years to come,” Fagnan said.

He added that he has known a few people who have attended St. FX and that they have nothing but positive things to say about the university.

After spending three years with the Bonnyville Voyageurs (Northern-Wheatland Football League), he joined the CJFL’s Edmonton Wildcats for two years. The 5’10, 185lbs product of Bonnyville, Alberta, has competed in the Alberta Senior Bowl and was a 2014 defensive MVP. He is interested in taking Business.

“Just want to sent out a big thank you to my family who has provided so much support through the years,” Fagnan said. “Without them, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

It wasn’t only his family at his side. He extended a thank you to “all the coaches and individuals who have shaped me into the person I am today and have helped make this dream a reality.”

Dashawn Smith
Dashawn Smith will be staying in his hometown province. He played for the Citadel Phoenix (Nova Scotia Schools Athletic Association Football League) in his hometown of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Standing at 6’0, 250lbs, he is a dual offensive lineman and fullback.

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