St. Xavier next stop on Catton’s football journey

Bryan Veginski
Catching passes for the Cougars: Washington Community High School senior Chase Catton, third from left, signed a Letter of Intent Friday to attend St. Xavier University and compete on the football team. With Catton for the signing were, in front, from left: his mother, Lisa Catton, St. Xavier head football coach Mike Feminis and his father, Ed Catton; in back: WCHS head football coach Darrell Crouch. Catton was a first-team all-Mid-Illini Conference selection in 2008.

Chase Catton’s pass-catching ability will take him to St. Xavier University.

The Washington Community High School senior revealed at a Friday signing in the Torry Gymnasium foyer he will play football for the Cougars.

Catton said the combination of the Chicago campus and the spread offense made St. Xavier his choice.

Playing collegiate football will fulfill a longtime dream of Catton’s.

“Since I was little, I always wanted to,” said Catton about playing his top sport beyond high school.

A good friend of Catton’s, Kody Kanaga of Metamora, also is going to St. Xavier, so the pair will go in to their new situation knowing someone.

Catton is a month ahead of schedule working his way back from a knee injury in which he tore his anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in week eight of the 2008 season at East Peoria.

He is starting a running program and will work with a trainer at Five Points Washington.

Catton said he wants to be 100 percent when he joins St. Xavier.

Catton was a first-team all-Mid-Illini Conference receiver for Panther head coach Darrell Crouch after catching 21 passes for 304 yards as a senior.

He lines up as a slot receiver for the Cougars, who are under head coach Mike Feminis.

Catton plans to major in business and may lean toward something in the sports realm.

Catton pointed out being in the Chicago market that attractive opportunities likely will be available in his field.