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Nick Lifka of Naperville (Ill.) North selected for 2011 U.S. Under-19 National Team in football

Steve Alic, Director of Communications Tue, 12/21/2010 - 1:02pm

NICK LIFKA of Naperville (Ill.) North High School has been selected to play for the 2011 U.S. Under-19 National Team, assembled by USA Football. The team will compete Feb. 2 in Austin, Texas, against a collection of athletes from four continents in the second Team USA vs. The World game.

The 6-foot-2, 240-pound linebacker is one of 45 U.S. high school seniors to take part in the game to be held on National Signing Day. Team USA's roster presently stands at 42 athletes with the remaining three roster spots to be announced soon.

A national team exemption granted by the NCAA allows high school seniors to play for USA Football and not have their participation count as one of their two permitted all-star game appearances. Team USA vs. The World is recognized as a national team competition. 

USA Football is the sport's national governing body and the official football development partner of the NFL and NFL Players Association.

Liftka led his team with 168 tackles last fall - including 113 solos and 13 for loss - as North reached the Illinios Class 8A quarterfinals. He also had 13 tackles for loss, four sacks, three forced fumbles and an interception return for a touchdown. In 33 career high school starts, Lifka finished with 373 tackles - 219 solos and 46 for loss. A two-year captain, he was the ESPN.com Illinois Defensive Player of the Year and has verbally committed to Boston College.

Team USA vs. The World is sanctioned by the International Federation of American Football (IFAF), the Paris-based federation composed of 59 countries that possess a national federation dedicated solely to American football.

USA Football's 2011 Under-19 team is led by DARREN ALLMAN, head coach of Austin (Texas) Westlake High School. Allman led Westlake to the Texas Class 5-A (largest school division) state final in 2009. He is 57-19 (.750) overall in six seasons as a head coach.

"This roster holds tremendously talented players, but its blueprint is centered on the assemblage of a true team, a national team," Allman said. "Representing the United States in our country's favorite sport is a high honor - our coaches and players understand this. We'll be prepared to face a strong opponent on Feb. 2 and to celebrate football on an international scale."

GREG MARSHALL of Canada is the World team's head coach. His 12-member staff consists of assistant coaches from Australia, Austria, Canada, Finland, France, Japan, Mexico and Sweden.

The U.S. Under-19 team defeated The World, 17-0, in January 2010 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The U.S. also won the gold medal at the IFAF Junior World Championship in Canton, Ohio, during the summer of 2009.

Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. CT at Austin Westlake Stadium. Tickets are $8 and available at www.usafootball.com/app/webroot/teamusa. More details regarding the game's television partner and the teams' practice schedules will be announced in the weeks ahead. 

U.S. Under-19 National Team roster:

No.

Name

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

High School

Hometown

College verbal

1

Jabriel Washington

CB

5-11

165

Trinity Christian

Jackson, Tenn.

Alabama

2

Ty Montgomery

WR

6-0

202

St. Mark's

Dallas, Texas

Stanford

3

George Atkinson

WR

6-1

194

Granada-Livermore

Livermore, Calif.

Notre Dame

4

Aaron Green

RB

5-11

191

James Madison

San Antonio, Texas

Nebraska

5

Anthony Sarao

LB

6-1

215

Holy Spirit

Absecon, N.J.

Stanford

6

Avery Walls

S

5-11

185

Eagle's Landing Christian

McDonough, Ga.

California

7

Stephon Tuitt

DE

6-5

260

Monroe Area

Monroe, Ga.

Notre Dame

8

Hakeem Flowers

WR

6-2

173

Wade Hampton

Taylors, S.C.

Uncommitted

9

Tacoi Sumler

WR

5-8

170

Christopher Columbus

Miami, Fla.

Oregon

10

Kevin Hogan

QB

6-4

205

Gonzaga

Washington, D.C.

Stanford

11

Cortez Davis

S

6-3

200

Mainland

Daytona Beach, Fla.

Clemson

12

Cody Keith

QB

6-5

195

Cheshire

Cheshire, Conn.

East Carolina

13

Shannon Brown

LB

6-2

225

Cook

Adel, Ga.

Alabama

15

Kiehl Frazier

QB

6-3

212

Shiloh Christian

Springdale, Ark.

Auburn

17

Trey Metoyer

WR

6-2

198

Whitehouse

Whitehouse, Tex.

Oklahoma

20

Josh Turner

CB

6-1

175

Millwood

Oklahoma City, Okla.

Texas

21

Brent Calloway

LB

6-1

220

Russellville

Russellville, Ala.

Alabama

22

Ronald Tanner

S

6-1

190

Eastmoor

Columbus, Ohio

Ohio State

24

Wayne Lyons

DB

6-0

185

Dillard

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Uncommitted

28

Savon Huggins

RB

6-0

190

St. Peter's

Jersey City, N.J.

Uncommitted

32

Joe Bergeron

RB

6-1

215

North Mesquite

Mesquite, Texas

Texas

34

Kenny Williams

RB

5-10

206

Hendrickson

Pfluggerville, Texas

Texas Tech

36

Devon Cajuste

WR

6-4

225

Holy Cross

Flushing, N.Y.

Stanford

40

Kevin McReynolds

DT

6-2

281

St. John's

Washington, D.C.

Uncommitted

41

Jesse Hayes

DE

6-4

230

Archbishop Moeller

Cincinnati, Ohio

Wisconsin

43

Josh Atkinson

CB

6-0

185

Granada-Livermore

Livermore, Calif.

Notre Dame

45

Nick Lifka

LB

6-2

240

Naperville North

Naperville, Ill.

Boston College

55

Todd Peat

OL

6-3

300

Corona Del Sol

Tempe, Ariz.

Uncommitted

63

Michael Bennett

OL-DL

6-3

275

Centerville

Centerville, Ohio

Ohio State

65

Cyrus Kouandjio

OL

6-6

322

DeMatha Catholic

Beltsville, Md.

Uncommitted

70

La'el Collins

OL

6-5

285

Redemptorist

Baton Rouge, La.

LSU

72

Tony Morales

OL

6-4

300

Sam Houston

Arlington, Texas

Texas Tech

73

Kiaro Holts

OL

6-5

270

Warren Central

Indianapolis, Ind.

North Carolina

74

Antonio Richardson

OL

6-6

310

Pearl-Cohn

Nashville, Tenn.

Uncommitted

75

Matt Hegarty

OL

6-5

265

Aztec

Aztec, N.M.

Notre Dame

80

Jarvis Landry

WR

5-11

178

Lutcher

Lutcher, La.

LSU

88

Jack Konopka

TE

6-5

262

Fremd

Palestine, Ill.

Northwestern

89

Will Monday

K-P

6-3

180

Flowery Branch

Flowery Branch, Ga.

Duke

90

Taniela Tupou

DE

6-2

260

Archbishop Murphy

Mill Creek, Wash.

Washington

92

Kris Harley

DT

6-2

265

Warren Central

Indianapolis, Ind.

Virginia Tech

95

Viliami Moala

DT

6-2

326

Grant

Sacramento, Calif.

Uncommitted

98

Tim Jernigan

DT

6-2

275

Columbia

Lake City, Fla.

Uncommitted

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

Name

Position

High School

Darren Allman

Head coach

Austin (Texas) Westlake

Chris Merritt

Defensive coordinator

Miami Christopher Columbus

Brandon Faircloth

Offensive coordinator

Port Neches-Groves (Texas)

Kevin Carty

Offensive assistant

Bound Brook (N.J.)

Glen Jones

Offensive assistant

Brady (Texas)

Scotty Pugh

Offensive assistant

Granbury (Texas)

Mike Muschamp

Offensive assistant

Atlanta Lovett

Jeff Rhoads

Offensive assistant

Austin (Texas) Westlake

Ted Willmann

Offensive assistant

Austin (Texas) Westlake

Aaron Brady

Defensive assistant

Washington (D.C.) Gonzaga

Danny Servance

Defensive assistant

Lubbock (Texas) Estacado

Dave Peck

Defensive assistant

Bingham (Utah)

Matt Anastasio

Defensive assistant

Austin (Texas) Westlake

About USA Football

USA Football, the sport's national governing body, inspires participation, and ensures a positive experience for all youth, high school, and other amateur players. The independent non-profit hosts more than 80 football training events annually for coaches, players and youth football league commissioners. USA Football is the official youth football development partner of the NFL, its 32 teams and the NFL Players Association and manages U.S. national teams for international competition. Endowed by the NFL and NFLPA in 2002 through the NFL Youth Football Fund, USA Football distributes $1 million annually in equipment grants and offers youth league volunteer background check subsidies. Former NFL team executive Carl Peterson is USA Football's chairman.