Greensboro, N.C. (4/27/10) -- Guilford College head football coach Kevin Kiesel announced the intention of five incoming students to play football for the Quakers Tuesday. All five students have made their deposit to the college and will enroll for classes beginning in August. Three of the newcomers played high school football under former Guilford student-athletes.
Brandon Ash (Goldsboro, N.C.) lettered four seasons at Rosewood High School in Goldsboro, N.C., under coach Robert Britt. The 5-8, 145-pound quarterback/running back captained the team and earned honorable mention All-Carolina Conference recognition as a senior. Ash also lettered four years with the track and field team, is a North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) Scholar Athlete and member of the National Honor Society. He considered North Carolina Wesleyan College and Methodist University before choosing Guilford.
Bailey Crego (Grapevine, Texas) lettered three years at Colleyville Heritage High School under coach Mike Fuller. The 5-8, 195-pound running back received Second Team All-District 5-5A honors as a senior and helped the Panthers to three state playoff appearances. Crego also lettered three years with the track and field team and plans to join the Quakers' squad as a sprinter. An accomplished guitarist, he intends to study criminal justice at Guilford. Crego also looked at Lake Erie College prior to deciding on Guilford.
Jamie Jackson (Reidsville, N.C.) lettered four seasons at Reidsville High School under coach Doug Robertson '98. A 5-10, 225-pound center, Jackson helped the Rams to 48 consecutive wins and three state titles. He was named Reidsville's Most Valuable Offensive Lineman as a senior and garnered All-Rockingham County and All-Mid-State 2A Conference recognition. In 2009, Reidsville's line helped the Rams rush for 3,659 yards and pass for another 2,661 yards. Also an NCHSAA Scholar Athlete, Jackson is interested in sport management and picked Guilford over Methodist and Averett University.
Nick Ingold (Asheboro, N.C.) lettered twice at Asheboro High School under coach Dee Bulla '79. The 6-foot, 170-pound defensive back was recognized as Asheboro's most consistent defender in 2009 and twice helped the Comets to the state playoffs. Ingold also earned three varsity track and field letters as a sprinter and jumper. He intends to study sports medicine and looked at Lenior-Rhyne University before choosing Guilford.
Zach Smith (Salisbury, N.C.) lettered two seasons at Jesse Carson High School under coach Mark Woody. The 6-2, 170-pound receiver served as a team captain and helped the newly founded Cougars to their first win, first playoff appearance, and their first playoff triumph. Smith also lettered twice at North Rowan High School for his stepfather, Avery Cutshaw '79, a former Guilford football player. Smith also considered Methodist and the University of North Carolina Charlotte before choosing Guilford.
Guilford concluded the 2009 season with a 4-6 overall record, 2-4 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. The Quakers lost four seniors from the 2009 team and expect as many as 58 letter winners back in 2010. Guilford opens the season Sept. 4 with the 14th annual Gate City Soup Bowl versus Greensboro College at 7:00 p.m. in the Quakers' Armfield Athletic Center.