GREENSBORO, N.C. – Guilford College head football coach Chris Rusiewicz announced the intention of five more 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. They make up part of Rusiewicz's first recruiting class at Guilford since he took over the Quakers' program in January.
Hunter English (Greensboro, N.C.) lettered three years under head coach Chris Causey at nearby Western Guilford High School. The 5-6, 150-pound linebacker earned All-Metro Conference and team Defensive Most Valuable Player laurels with the Hornets. English ranked second in the state in total tackles (156) for the 2010 season, which stands second in school history. He also lettered four years in wrestling and twice earned all-conference recognition. English lettered twice for the Hornets' baseball team. He intends to study history at Guilford.
Adam Roach (Lexington, N.C.) lettered three years under head coach Mark Hoover at Central Davidson High School. The 5-11, 190-pound inside linebacker led the Spartans in tackles in 2009 and 2010 and graduated with the school record for sacks in a season (14). Roach intends to study education and history at Guilford.
Mitch Stratton (Lynchburg, Va.) lettered two years under head coach Jon Berlin at Rustburg High School. The 6-1, 250-pound two-way lineman earned honorable mention All-Seminole District recognition and the school's Most Outstanding Male Athlete for the 2010 fall season at Rustburg. He lettered one year in both basketball and lacrosse and intends to study chemistry and sport management at Guilford.
Kyle Watkins (Oxford, N.C.) lettered three years under head coach Brian Currin at J.F. Webb High School. The 6-1, 230-pound two-way lineman earned All-Carolina-6 Conference laurels three times for his play on offense. He also lettered two years as a baseball player. Watkins joins Justin Williams-Blackwell and Alan Harris as former J.F. Webb students on the Quakers' roster. Webb's Tyler Eller and Jacob Goss are also among Guilford's football commitments for the 2011 campaign.
Josh Williams (Durham, N.C.) lettered three years under head coach Mike Briggs at Jordan High School. The 5-9, 210-pound running back/linebacker earned First Team All-Piedmont Athletic Conference-6 honors as well as his team's Most Outstanding Running Back Award in 2010. Williams also lettered three years with the baseball team and secured first-team all-conference recognition in 2011. He was a starting fullback on his Pop Warner football team, which won the 2003 national championship. Williams' cousin, Deunta Williams, is a former safety for UNC Chapel Hill's football team. Josh Williams intends to study computer information systems at Guilford.
The group looks to help Rusiewicz's Quakers starting Sept. 3 with the 2011 season opener against Greensboro College. Kickoff for the 15th annual Gate City Soup Bowl is 1:00 p.m. at Grimsley High School's Jamieson Stadium.