Guilford College still loading up on new football players for Quakers’ 2011 season

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 started at end 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
and earned all-conference honors as a wrestler. He intends to study business
and accounting at Guilford.

Joseph 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.

Dave Walters
Guilford College Athletics