GREENSBORO, N.C. (6/22/10) -- Guilford College head football coach Kevin Kiesel announced the intention of six more incoming students to play football for the Quakers Tuesday. All six students have made their deposit to the college and will enroll for classes beginning in August. To date, 31 football students have committed to attend Guilford.
O'Shawn Bryant (Lynchburg, Va.) did not play his senior season at Heritage High School as a preseason injury kept the 5-8, 170-pound quarterback off the field for coach Doug Smith's club. However, he remained with the team as a student assistant. Bryant participated in the Pioneers' 'Play it Smart' Program, sponsored by the National Football Federation and College Football Hall of Fame. He picked Guilford over Bridgewater College, Emory & Henry College and Stevenson University.
Sam Griffin (Pittsboro, N.C.) graduated with most of Northwood High School's passing records and twice helped coach Bill Hall's Chargers to the third round of the state 2AA playoffs. The 5-11, 160-pound quarterback passed for 1,782 yards and 22 touchdowns as a senior and earned All-Carolina 9 Conference and All-Chatham County honors. He was an All-Mid-State Conference pick in 2008 after throwing for a school-record 2,582 yards. Northwood went 23-5 in Griffin's two seasons under center. He picked Guilford over Greensboro College and Wingate University.
B.J. McKeever (Kernersville, N.C.) lettered four years for coach Todd Willert's East Forsyth High School team. The 6-0, 190-pound running back gained 1,298 career rushing yards, which ranks third in school history. As a senior McKeever rushed for 928 yards and five touchdowns en route to All-Piedmont Triad Conference recognition. He set the school record with a 90-yard touchdown run versus Parkland in 2009. The Eagles went 12-2 and reached the state 4A quarterfinals in McKeever's junior season. He also lettered four years as a point guard on the basketball team and was named East Forsyth's Athlete of the Year. He considered Greensboro and Randolph College before choosing Guilford.
Justin Moulin (Charlotte, N.C.) joins Ardery Kell High School teammate Faris El-Ali (Charlotte, N.C.), a previous Guilford commitment, as newcomers to the Quakers in 2010. Moulin, a 6-1, 215-pound defensive end, was a three-year letter winner for the Knights. He helped coach Marty Woolbright's team reach the second round of the state 4A playoffs in the school's second season. Moulin also lettered twice in lacrosse and is a member of the National Technical Honors Society. He considered Averett University and Randolph-Macon College before choosing Guilford.
Josh Kopp (Manorville, N.Y.) earned three letters under coach Joe Patrovich at Hauppauge High School. The 6-3, 260-pound lineman helped the Eagles to their first back-to-back playoff appearances and a school-record seven wins in 2009. Kopp considered Alfred University and Hartwick College before choosing Guilford.
Sean Pope (Mableton, Ga.)lettered one year under coach Matt Hall at Pace Academy in the school's first season of football. The 6-2, 215-pound defensive end was a team captain and recorded 47 tackles and two sacks to share the Knights' Defensive Most Valuable Player Award. Pope also lettered three years in basketball at Pace Academy where he helped his team to the quarterfinals of the 2008 state playoffs. Pope also considered Centre College, Georgia State University, and Maryville (Tenn.) College and choosing Guilford.
Guilford concluded the 2009 football season with a 3-7 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.