Incoming Football Class Rises to 25

GREENSBORO, N.C.(6/14/2010) -- Guilford College head football coach Kevin Kiesel announced the intention of six incoming students to play football for the Quakers Monday. All six students have made their deposit to the college and will enroll for classes beginning in August. To date, 25 football students have committed to attend Guilford.

Pat Conrad earned four varsity letters under coach Bill Luette at Sandwich High School. The 6-0, 190-pound quarterback/kicker was a two-year captain and an Atlantic Coast League All-Star. Playing in the Blue Knights' spread offense, Conrad graduated with most of the school's passing records and also set the standard for most field goals in a season. He chose Guilford over Curry College and Charleston Southern University.

Faris El-Ali was a three-year letter winner at Ardery Kell High School under coach Marty Woolbright. The 6-3, 280-pound offensive lineman earned All-Southwestern 4A Conference honors and was named the team's best offensive lineman. El-Ali, a team captain and scholar-athlete, led the Knights to their first playoff berth and win in school history. He considered Averett University, Catawba College, Emory & Henry College and Randolph-Macon College prior to choosing Guilford.

Quinn Gray letter three years under coach Greg DeFrancesco at James River High School. The 5-9, 195-pound linebacker/defensive end captained the Rapids as a senior and received All-Academic honors. He was a member of the National Honor Society and the Beta Club.

Emile Hartman lettered three years under coach Bob Davis at North Country Union High School. The 6-2, 180-pound two-way star earned First Team All-Vermont Division II honors as a safety and was an honorable mention pick at quarterback. He played in Vermont's North-South Senior Bowl and helped the Falcons set school records for points and yards gained in a game. Hartman also earned all-state ice hockey honors and helped North Country Union to consecutive state semifinal appearances. He considered Castleton State College, Hartwick College and Mount Ida College before choosing Guilford.

Ben King spent the past three years at NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision member Appalachian State University where he redshirted one season and battled injury for the other two. He comes to Guilford with sophomore eligibility. A 5-10, 185-pound receiver, King lettered three years at Trinity High School under coach Alex Mebane where he helped the Bulldogs to three state playoff appearances and garnered All-Area and All-Mid-Piedmont Conference recognition. King was also an all-star basketball performer where he played alongside Guilford rising sophomore Josh Pittman. King's brother, Josh, played basketball at East Carolina University and Eckerd College. His uncle, Allen Albertson, is a 1984 Guilford graduate.

Aaron Oden played under coach Brian Paschal at Roanoke High School. The 6-2, 170-pound receiver was a 2009 honorable mention All-Area pick by the Washington Daily News. He also starred on Roanoke's basketball team and helped the squad to 1A state playoff appearances in 2009 and 2010. Oden averaged 16.4 points, 10.7 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 3.1 blocks per game as a senior shooting guard. A cousin and former teammate of Guilford junior defensive back Kenneth Hyman III. Oden also considered Methodist University, North Carolina Wesleyan College, Randolph College and St. Andrews College.

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.