X-Men commits excited to start U Sports career

The X-Men add two Nova Scotia commits and two out-of-province commits to their 2019 class.

Jordan Waller, a linebacker from Cobequid Educational Centre, and Thomas Bentley, a defensive back from Auburn Drive High School, knew they couldn’t walk away from an offer from the St. Francis Xavier X-Men.

CFC100 Nick Schmeiler, a defensive lineman from St. Francis High School, and Silas Fagnan, a quarterback from Bonnyville High School, will also be joining the X-Men.

Jordan Waller

Jordan Waller needs no introduction to his new positional coach. “I felt at home and have a great relationship with the coaching staff, especially Coach Svec. He was my linebackers coach for U18,” he said. “They are a winning school and I have never heard a bad word about the players and staff.”

In Waller’s 11-year career, he has played minor league football in Truro, his hometown, and high school ball with the CEC Cougars (NSSAF). Waller, who is 5’10, 195lbs, was a 2018 all-star with the Cougars.

“I’m extremely excited to start my career at X,” he said, “and I’m ready to put the work in.”

Thomas Bentley

By Anne Marie.

When Thomas Bentley attends StFX, he won’t be the first member in his family to do so. “I chose to commit to StFX University because I’ve wanted to go there ever since my older sister started going there five years ago, so when I had the opportunity to commit, it was a no-brainer for me to go there,” he said.

“I love it up there with the small community and tradition they have going on and I would love to be a part of it,” added the product of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. “The coaching staff at StFX seems like good people who know what they’re talking about on and off the field. They have a good program going on for university athletes within football and education.”

Bentley is interested in taking human kinetics.

The 6’0, 165lbs halfback has spent seven years playing between the Dartmouth Destroyers (NSFL) and the Auburn Drive Eagles (NSSAF). He received the “Outstanding Eagle” award for Auburn. Bentley said, “It’s given to the player who their teammates can rely on and someone who never gives up and gives it their all no matter what the conditions or how much pain they are in.”

CFC100 Nick Schmeiler

Nick Schmeiler will be heading to the other side of the country after joining the X-Men. A resident of Calgary, Alberta, he played with the St. Francis Browns (CHSAA) and the Calgary Cowboys. The 6’1, 295lbs defensive tackle can run the 40-yard dash in 5.62 seconds and the shuttle in 4.90. He can bench press 285lbs, squat 380lbs and deadline 400lbs. He also has a vertical of 52.07cm.

He is a long list of accolades, some of which include two all-star nominations (bantam and midget). He was also a two-time city champion with the midget Cowboys. In high school, he won two city championships in 2016 and 2017 and two provincial championships in 2016 and 2018. He is a former CHSAA all-star and CFC50 all-star. In 2015 and 2016, he won two gold medals, one with the Calgary Bantam Selects and one at the Alberta Summer Games.

Silas Fagnan

Silas Fagnan calls Bonnyville, Alberta, home where he played with the Bonnyville Voyagers (WFL) in high school. He is also a member of the Edmonton Wildcats (CJFL). Standing at 6’1, 170lbs, he has also played as a kicker.

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