Class of 2017: Part 4

Jesse Gifford
Hometown: Redwood City, CA
High School: Carlmont
Position: OLB
Awards: Team MVP (2012)
Offensive Player of the Year (2012)
JV Team MVP (2010)
JV Offensive Player of the Year (2010)
JV Coaches Award (2009)
School Record 4x100 Meter Team (2011)
Major: Political Science
Coach Mingo: Jesse Gifford is a versatile athlete who can play multiple positions.  His athleticism, speed, and quickness allows him to make big time plays. He also is a dynamic punt returner. Jesse is a player who puts the team first and will be a great addition to the EMAP family."
Why Did He Choose Greenville: I chose Greenville because it is the perfect place where I can begin my journey of transforming into a young adult. The spiritual aspect of the school that is incorporated with the football program helped me make my decision of where I go to college an easy one. The relationship that I created with the coaches through the whole recruiting process is what sealed the deal for me."

Connor Earleywine
Hometown: Flora, IL
High School: Flora
Position: LB
Awards: All-Conference Honorable Mention
Best Defensive Player Award
Major: Recreation: Adult Fitness
Coach Mingo: “I am excited that Connor will be coming to GC.  He is an aggressive tackler who does a good job of using his keys to pick up where the ball carrier is going. Connor also plays with a very good motor and knows how to pursue well. Connor has come across as an individual who desires to learn and grow in the recruiting process, and I am excited to see how the uniqueness of GC Football will impact him as a man.”

Nicholas Morrow
Hometown: Huntsville, AL
High School: Huntsville
Position: OLB
Awards: Most Outstanding Lineman (2011)
Major: Psychology
Coach Bell: “Nicholas is a very athletic young man that comes from a strong Christian family. We are very excited to see him grow over the course of his time here at Greenville College. I believe Nicholas will make many contributions to our program on and off the field. He is a great example of what we search for in a recruit.”

Markus Gray
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
High School: Jennings
Position: OL/DL
Major: Forensic Science
Coach Schomaker: “Markus has a great frame and is an extremely physical football player. He is a selfless player who is willing to put the team before himself.”
Why Did He Choose Greenville: “I chose Greenville because I felt like, with them, it wasn't just football. They care about my life outside of it and want to see me succeed. Greenville College will also allow me to excel in the classroom, on the field, and spiritually. That is why I chose Greenville.”

David Kerley
Hometown: Henderson, CO
High School: Pinnacle Charter
Position: LB
Major: Physics Education
Coach Schomaker: “David has all the leadership skills we look for in a middle linebacker. His passion for Jesus, his teammates and football make him a great fit for our university. I expect great things from David during his four years here.”
Why Did He Choose Greenville: “I chose Greenville because I feel this is God's Will for my life. The coaches are real and they truly care about their players success on and off the field. I immediately felt a unity with the team. The school offers opportunity to be successful in my studies as well as my spiritual life."

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