Kiesel’s Quakers still growing as season approaches


Greensboro, N.C. — Guilford College head football coach Kevin Kiesel announced the intention of seven more incoming students to play football for the Quakers Monday. All seven students have made their deposit to the college and will enroll for classes beginning in August. They join 35 others who have already expressed their intention to attend Guilford and play football.

Daniel Biggerstaff (Belmont, N.C.) lettered three seasons at South Point High School for coach John Devine. The 6-2, 235-pound offensive lineman played for the Red Raiders’ 2007 and 2008 Big South Conference champions and earned all-conference and All-Piedmont recognition. Biggerstaff took part in Boys State and was a North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) Scholar-Athlete. He considered Mars Hill College and Methodist University before choosing Guilford.

Christopher “Bo” Butcher (McLean, Va.) played one season at Langley High School for coach John Howerton. The 6-3, 295-pound offensive lineman received honorable mention All-Liberty District honors in his only American high school season after moving from Europe. He considered Randolph-Macon College and Shenandoah University before choosing Guilford.

Mike Foxx (Sanford, N.C.) lettered three seasons at Southern Lee High School for coach Bill Maczko. The 6-1, 175-pound wide receiver/free safety also played with the Cavaliers’ basketball and track teams. An academic All-Cape Fear Valley Conference honoree, he considered Campbell University, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, and Western Carolina University before choosing Guilford. Foxx’ cousin, Marcel Shipp, played eight seasons in the NFL as a running back.

Tomba Kanko (Charlotte, N.C.) lettered one season at Mallard Creek High School for coach Michael Palmerie. The defensive end earned All-MECA 7 Conference recognition and the team’s Most Improved Player Award. Also a member of the track team, he was part of the French Honor Society, Distributive Education Clubs of America, and the National Honor Society. Kanko considered Bridgewater College before choosing Guilford.

Triston Kyle (Mount Airy, N.C.) lettered four seasons at North Surry High School for coach Mitch Martin and led the team in tackles as senior. A 6-3, 220-pound linebacker, Kyle was also a part of the Greyhounds’ basketball and track teams. He earned All-Mountain Valley Athletic Conference recognition in both football and track. Kyle was a member of the National Technical Honor Society, a Student Athlete Summer Institute Graduate, and a member of Health Occupations Students of America. He considered Winston-Salem State University, Methodist, Gardner-Webb University, and Emory & Henry College before choosing Guilford.

Donté Mitchell (Whiteville, N.C.) lettered three seasons at East Columbus High School for coach Travis Conner. The 5-11, 240-pound two-way lineman earned All-Waccamaw Conference recognition and was part of the Gators’ basketball team for four seasons. Mitchell was a NCHSAA Scholar-Athlete in both sports and a four-time member of the National Honor Society. He considered Methodist and North Carolina Wesleyan College before choosing Guilford.

Jordan West (Monroe, N.C.) lettered two seasons at South Rowan High School for coach Jason Rollins. The 6-0, 200-pound tight end also played with the Raiders’ baseball team four seasons and won three letters. West helped the 2008 football team to the state playoffs and considered Jacksonville University and Davidson College before choosing Guilford.

Guilford concluded the 2008 season with a 4-6 overall record, 1-5 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. The Quakers lost nine seniors from the 2008 team and expect as many as 37 letter winners back in 2009. Kiesel’s club is scheduled to open the season Sept. 5 at 1:00 p.m. against Greensboro College in the 13th annual Gate City Soup Bowl.

Dave Walters
Guilford College Athletics

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