Joe Frollo

U.S. Under-19 National Team hits the practice field

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 10:33am

The talent is obvious. The challenge is always more about timing.

The U.S. Under-19 National Team has begun preparations for Friday’s International Bowl contest against Team Canada. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. CT at the University of Texas-Arlington’s Maverick Stadium.

Players and coaches arrived in Dallas on Saturday and have a week of two-a-days to get ready for the game.

That’s not a lot of time to bring a team of 47 players and eight coaches together to compete at their best. This is not an all-star game. It’s two national teams competing for their countries’ pride.

U.S. head coach Brandon Faircloth and his staff are confident they will be ready.

“This is an intelligent group. They work hard and have a good feel for what we want them to do,” said Faircloth, the head coach at Port Neches-Groves High School in Port Neches, Texas. “We don’t want to make it complicated. We’ll keep it simple and let them make plays.”

The weather has been crisp, but these top athletes from high schools across the nation quickly warmed to each other.

Players are bonding into units, but they also are competing for playing time.

It’s been a friendly competition, said quarterback Tyler Wiegers of Detroit Country Day. Everyone wants to be on the field, but they also trust their teammates to get the job done.

“Everything looks great, feels great,” Wiegers said. “There are lots of great players, talent all over the field. These are all good guys, and coaches are doing a great job of getting us ready.

“This is a very passionate group. It feels good.”

The introduction phase is over. Even though it’s only been two days, everyone has gotten to know each other – whether walking through the halls or lined up side by side. They’ve shared their backgrounds, their shared passion for the sport.

Playing for a reason makes coming together a little easier.

“It’s getting better and smoother every day,” said wide receiver Charles Nelson of Ormond Beach (Fla.) Seabreeze High School. “This is going to be a great team.”

 

 

U.S. Under-19 National Team roster:

No

Name

Pos

Ht.

Wt.

Hometown

High school

College verbal

1

Jalan McClendon

QB

6-4

198

Charlotte, N.C.

West Mecklenburg H.S.

N.C. State

2

James Mayden

WR

6-2

177

Sachse, Texas

Sachse H.S.

Rice

3

Moral Stephens

WR

6-3

205

Perry, Fla.

Taylor County H.S.

Florida

4

Deionte Thompson

WR

6-2

175

Orange, Texas

West-Orange Stark H.S.

Alabama

5

Tommy Mister

RB

6-0

198

Chicago, Ill.

St. Rita of Cascia H.S.

Indiana

7

Jay Hayes

DL

6-4

265

Brooklyn, N.Y.

Poly Prep Country Day

Notre Dame

8

Trai Mosley

DB

5-10

175

Pflugerville, Texas

Hendrickson H.S.

Nebraska

9

Nile Sykes

LB

6-1

220

Lombard, Ill.

Montini Catholic H.S.

Notre Dame

10

Saeed Blacknall

WR

6-3

205

Manalapan, N.J.

Manalapan H.S.

Penn State

11

Christian Lezzer

LB

6-1

216

Clearfield, Pa.

Clearfield H.S.

Boston College

12

Tyler Wiegers

QB

6-4

213

Detroit, Mich.

Detroit Country Day

Iowa

13

Nick Ruffin

DB

6-0

172

Duluth, Ga.

St. Pius X Catholic H.S.

Auburn

15

Vincent Jackson

LB

6-3

245

Tampa, Fla.

Jesuit H.S.

Undecided

16

Chris Durkin

QB

6-4

234

Youngstown, Ohio

Ursuline H.S.

Virginia Tech

17

Alex Spence

K-P

6-2

190

Florence, S.C.

Florence H.S.

Clemson

18

Blake Mahon

TE

6-6

227

Coppell, Texas

Coppell H.S.

Baylor

19

Avery Edwards

TE

6-5

228

Raleigh, N.C.

Ravenscroft School

North Carolina

20

Tajee Fullwood

DB

6-2

180

Tampa, Fla.

Tampa Bay Technical

South Florida

21

Justin Jackson

RB

5-11

180

Carroll Stream, Ill.

Glenbard North H.S.

Northwestern

23

T.J. Harrell

DB

6-1

210

Tampa, Fla.

Tampa Catholic H.S.

Michigan State

24

Jonathan Hilliman

RB

6-0

210

Jersey City, N.J.

St. Peter’s Prep

Boston College

25

Justice Luce

WR

6-2

200

Lucas, Texas

Lovejoy H.S.

Texas A&M-Commerce

27

Charles Grant

DB

5-11

180

Mesquite, Texas

Mesquite H.S.

Arkansas State

28

Charles Nelson

WR

5-9

170

Ormond Beach, Fla.

Seabreeze H.S.

Oregon

31

Alonzo Saxton

DB

5-11

175

Columbus, Ohio

Bishop Hartley H.S.

Duke

32

Samaje Perine

RB

6-0

213

Pflugerville, Texas

Hendrickson H.S.

Oklahoma

34

Micah Thomas

DL

6-2

250

Cedar Park, Texas

Vista Ridge H.S.

Navy

44

Grant Watanabe

LB

5-10

230

San Antonio, Texas

Brennan H.S.

Colorado

47

Greer Martini

LB

6-3

230

Woodberry Forest, Va.

Woodberry Forest School

Notre Dame

52

Renell Wren

DL

6-5

247

St. Louis, Mo.

Lutheran North H.S.

Arizona State

54

Alique Terry

OL

6-1

295

Miami, Fla.

Hialeah Senior H.S.

Wake Forest

55

Trey Lealaimatafao

DL

6-2

301

San Antonio, Texas

Earl Warren H.S.

Undecided

56

Enoch Smith Jr.

DL

6-2

272

Plainfield, Ill.

Mount Carmel H.S.

Michigan State

66

Harrison Phillips

DL

6-4

260

Omaha, Neb.

Millard West H.S.

Stanford

69

Montel McBride

OL

6-4

332

Plant City, Fla.

Plant City H.S.

Alabama

70

Steven Moss

OL

6-5

273

Fredericksburg, Va.

Chancellor H.S.

Virginia

71

Dalton Risner

OL

6-4

285

Wiggins, Colo.

Wiggins H.S.

Kansas State

72

Isaiah Wynn

OL

6-2

270

St. Petersburg, Fla.

Lakewood H.S.

Georgia

73

James Hendren

OL

6-7

268

Medfield, Mass.

Dexter H.S.

Boston College

74

Craig Evans

DL

6-2

313

Sun Prairie, Wis.

Sun Prairie H.S.

Michigan State

75

Najee Toran

OL

6-3

263

Galena Park, Texas

North Shore H.S.

UCLA

76

Brady Taylor

OL

6-5

264

Columbus, Ohio

Bishop Ready H.S.

Ohio State

77

Brent Morrow

OL

6-2

275

St. Louis, Mo.

Ladue Horton Watkins H.S.

NW Missouri St.

84

Ishmael Zamora

WR

6-4

195

Houston, Texas

Alief Elsik H.S.

Baylor

90

Dylan Thompson

DL

6-4

271

Lombard, Ill.

Montini Catholic H.S.

Ohio State

95

Billy Hirschfield

DT

6-6

270

Hartland, Wis.

Arrowhead H.S.

Wisconsin

99

Jalen Jelks

DL

6-5

249

Phoenix, Ariz.

Desert Vista H.S.

Oregon

           
U.S. Under-19 National Team coaching staff:

Name

Position

School/experience

Hometown

Brandon Faircloth

Head coach

Port Neches-Grove H.S.

Port Neches, Texas

Danny Cowgill

Defensive coordinator

Foley H.S.

Foley, Texas

Joe Dale Cary

Offensive line

Port Neches-Grove H.S.

Port Neches, Texas

Central McClellion

Defensive backs

American Heritage H.S.

Delray, Fla.

Verone McKinley

Running backs

Prestonwood Christian

Plano, Texas

Gary Salgado

Defensive line

Angelo State

San Angelo, Texas

Noel Scarlett

Defensive line

Former NFL player

Dallas, Texas

John Shannon

Receivers

Biloxi H.S.

Biloxi, Miss.

 

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