State Titlists Highlight Newest Group of Football Newcomers

photo by Emily Zegel '17
photo by Emily Zegel '17

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Guilford College football coach Chris Rusiewicz announced the intention of five more incoming student to play football for the Quakers next fall. DeAngelo Cleveland, DaeQuan Fitzgerald, Taylor Kickler, Dwain Norcott, Jr. and DaRelle Pressley have paid their deposits to the college and enrolled for classes this fall. Guilford now has at least 31 new students for the 2015 campaign.

DeAngelo Cleveland (Pineville, S.C.) lettered four years for coach Art Craig at Timberland High School and played on the Wolves' South Carolina Class AA champions in 2011 (Division I) and 2014 (Division II). The 6-1, 250-pound two-way lineman earned All-AA Region VII honors and helped the team record a perfect 15-0 mark as a senior. One of eight siblings, Cleveland also participated with Timberland's track and field team as well as the chorus.

DaeQuan Fitzgerald (Winston-Salem, N.C.) joins the Quakers from nearby Mount Tabor High School where he played four seasons for coach Laymarr Marshall's team. The Spartans posted a 35-8 record in Fitzgerald's four years. The 5-10, 160-pound receiver and kick returner earned All-Central Piedmont Conference recognition. An AP Scholar and member of the National Society of High School Scholars, he intends to study business management at Guilford.

Taylor Kickler (Richmond, Va.) lettered twice at Mills Godwin High School for coach Logan MacPherson. The 6-1, 175-pound quarterback posted the second-highest season passing yards total in school history and was named the team's Offensive Most Valuable Player. He served as a team captain and participated in Godwin's Beta Club. Kickler intends to study business management.

Dwain Norcott, Jr. (Greensboro, N.C.) helped Guilford Athletics Hall of Fame coach Johnny Roscoe '71 to the 2014 North Carolina State 3AA title at Northern Guilford High School last December. Norcott, a 5-11, 160-pound defensive back, spent his first three seasons at Dudley High School where he helped the Panthers win the 2013 state 4AA crown. Norcott was part of student government at Dudley and intends to study education at Guilford.

DaRelle Pressley (Bonneau, S.C.), like Cleveland, was a two-time state champion at Timberland High School. The 5-10, 175-pound running back was a four-year letter winner with the Wolves and garnered All-Region VII recognition. His brother, DeAndre, runs track at Coastal Carolina University. Pressley, who also ran track at Timberland, intends to study sport management at Guilford.

Guilford opens the 2015 campaign Sept. 5 against Greensboro College in the Gate City Soup Bowl at Jamieson Stadium at 7:00 p.m.