Guilford College adds six more football players including Ben King from Trinity HS

Posted by Andy Durham on June 15, 2010 at 10:58 am under College, High School | Comments are off for this article


* Guilford College head football coach *Kevin Kiesel *announced the
intention of six 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, 25 football students have committed to
attend Guilford.

*Pat Conrad (Forestdale, Mass.) *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 (Charlotte, N.C.)* 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 (Midlothian, Va.)* 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 (Derby Line, Vt.) *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 (Archdale, N.C.)* 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 (Archdale, N.C./Trinity)*. King’s brother, Josh, played basketball
at East Carolina University and Eckerd College. His uncle, *Allen Albertson*,
is a 1984 Guilford graduate.

*Aaron Oden (Robersonville, N.C.) *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
(Williamston, N.C./Roanoke)*, 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.

Dave Walters
Guilford College Athletics

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