GREENSBORO, N.C. – Guilford College head football coach Chris Rusiewicz announced the intention of three more incoming students to play football for the Quakers Wednesday. The students have made their deposits to the college and will enroll for classes beginning in August. They raised Rusiewicz's second recruiting class at Guilford to 45 students.
James Blalock (Ellicott City, Md.) comes to Guilford from Marriotts Ridge High School where he lettered as a defensive end on coach Thomas Minard's club. The 6-0, 170-pound defender also played lacrosse and helped the team to the 2011 Maryland 3A/2A semifinals. Blalock's grandfather, Andrew Bristow, graduated from Guilford in 1955. A four-time Scholar-Athlete and Honor Roll student at Marriotts Ridge, Blalock is an aspiring business management major.
Cedrick Ilo (Tarboro, N.C.) lettered twice at Tarboro High School under coach Jeff Craddock. The 5-7, 225-pound linebacker/offensive lineman captured the 2011 First Team All-Eastern Plains Conference honors and helped the Vikings to three state 2A titles. He was named Tarboro's Defensive Most Valuable Player of the 2011 championship game after making a game-high nine tackles. Ilo made 115.5 stops tackles his senior year and was named The Daily Southerner's Edgecombe County Defensive Player of the Year. He also earned All-Area honors from the Rocky Mount Telegram as an offensive lineman and linebacker. A member of the National Honor Society, Ilo served as student government vice president at Tarboro and participated in the school's marching and concert bands.
Zack Parris (Bailey, N.C.) lettered two seasons at Southern Nash High School for coach Brian Foster. The 5-10, 165-pound defensive back earned honorable mention All-Big East Conference recognition as a senior and helped the Firebirds to the state 3A playoffs. Parris also lettered in basketball and was the ace of Southern Nash's pitching staff on the baseball team. He intends to study sports medicine at Guilford.
The Quakers open the 2012 season Sept. 1 against cross-town rival Greensboro College.