GREENSBORO, N.C. – Guilford College head football coach Chris Rusiewicz announced the intention of five additional incoming students to play football for the Quakers Monday. 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.
Phillip Collier (Kenly, N.C.) lettered three years under head coach Randy Raper at Hunt High School. The 6-2, 245-pound offensive lineman helped his team to consecutive Big East Conference titles (2009-10). Collier once received honorable mention laurels as an offensive tackle.
Ben Jenkins (Lake Waccamaw, N.C.) played just one year under head coach Toby Kasell at East Columbus High School, but made it a memorable one. The 6-4, 195-pound end started on both sides of the ball and was named the 2010 Three Rivers 1A-2A Conference Player of the Year. Also a Star News Second Team All-Area tight end, he helped the Gators to a 5-8 record and their first state playoff victory. Jenkins also played three baseball seasons in high school and was a member of East Columbus' league and state championship team. He intends to continue his baseball career at Guilford under head coach Nick Black '02.
Dashawn Johnson (Fayetteville, N.C.) lettered twice under head coach Russell Stone at Douglas Byrd High School. The 6-0, 165-pound safety was the captain of the Eagles' team in 2010 and compiled 185 tackles and three interceptions in his two varsity seasons. Johnson also lettered three years as a wrestler. He intends to study business management and accounting at Guilford.
Patrick Ledford (Rockingham, N.C.) played three years under head coach Paul Hoggard at Richmond Senior High School. The 6-0, 175-pound wide receiver helped his team to three consecutive South Eastern Conference championships (2008-10). An Eagle Scout, Ledford intends to study exercise and sport sciences at Guilford.
Perry Williams III (Raleigh, N.C.) lettered four years under head coach Kevin Washington at Word of God Christian Academy. The 5-10 two-way lineman received Rookie of the Year laurels in 2007 and was also named the Rams' Lineman of the Year. He played on the school's North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 8-man 1A/2A state championship team in 2010. The Word of God Christian Academy Student Government Association President, Williams plans to study business management 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.