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Six defensive linemen selected for 2012 U.S. Under-19 National Team

Steve Alic, USA Football Mon, 10/31/2011 - 9:16am

Defensive tackles MALCOM BROWN of Brenham (Texas) High School, NICK JAMES of Long Beach (Miss.) High School and SE’VON PITTMAN of Canton (Ohio) McKinley High School join defensive ends IFEADI ODENIGBO of Centerville (Ohio) High School, MOANA OFAHENGAUE of Lehi (Utah) Westlake High School and GIMEL PRESIDENT of Mount Pleasant (S.C.) Wando High School in being selected to play for the 2012 U.S. Under-19 National Team, assembled by USA Football. The team will compete Feb. 1 – National Signing Day – in the third annual International Bowl, formerly Team USA vs. The World.

The International Bowl is sanctioned by International Federation of American Football. IFAF is composed of 62 nations spanning six continents that possess a national federation dedicated solely to American football.

The U.S. Under-19 National Team, comprised of high school athletes, will face an IFAF World Team of top players age 19-and-under from outside the United States. Both teams will field a roster of 50 players. Team USA’s players and coaches are selected by USA Football.

The 2012 International Bowl will be played at The Palace at Round Rock in Austin, Texas.

In addition to their exceptional high school football achievements, James, Ofahengaue, and President earned a Team USA roster spot by virtue of their strong display of skills at the U.S. Under-19 National Team Trials in Marietta, Ga., in May. Nearly 200 high school football players from 32 states competed for a Team USA roster spot at the National Team Trials.

Brown has verbally committed to Texas. He finished 2010 with 72 tackles and four sacks to help Brenham go 10-1. As a sophomore, he accumulated 12 sacks to go with 68 tackles, including 24 for a loss.

James had 50 tackles, including, 15 sacks in 2010, helping Long Beach to 11-2 record and reach in the Mississippi Class 5A playoffs. The 6-foot-5, 330-pound defensive lineman is verbally committed to Mississippi State.

Pittman had 96 tackles last season, including 14 for loss and five sacks. Pittman helped McKinley to an 8-3 record and the No. 1 seed in Ohio’s Division 1 Region 2. He is verbally committed to play at Michigan State.

Odenigbo finished 2010 with 40 tackles, including10 sacks, helping Centerville go 9-3 and reach the second round of the Ohio Division 1 playoffs. He has not announced a college commitment.

Ofahengaue had 53 tackles last fall, including 14 sacks and 11 more for loss. He is projected to play either defensive end or outside linebacker at the college level.

President has verbally committed to Auburn. He finished 2010 with 82 tackles, nine sacks and two fumble recoveries for Wando.

USA Football will announce 2012 U.S. Under-19 National Team players in their position groups through mid-November.

 

Team USA is led by STEVE SPECHT, head coach of Cincinnati St. Xavier High School. Specht led St. Xavier to Ohio Division I (largest school division) state titles in 2005 and 2007. He is 77-20 (.794) since becoming the head coach at his high school alma mater following the 2003 season.

 

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. The International Bowl is recognized as a national team competition. 

 

USA Football is the sport’s national governing body in the United States and is the official youth football development partner of the NFL and NFL Players Association.

 

GREG MARSHALLof the University of Western Ontario in Canada is the IFAF World Team’s head coach. His 10-member staff consists of assistant coaches from Canada, France, Great Britain, Japan, Mexico, Spain and Sweden.

 

The U.S. Under-19 team defeated The World, 21-14, in February 2011 in Austin, Texas, as well as 17-0, in January 2010 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The U.S. also won the gold medal at the IFAF Under-19 World Championship in Canton, Ohio, during the summer of 2009.

 

U.S. Under-19 National Team roster:

 

Name

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

High School

Hometown

College verbal

Cory Batey

WR

6-0

185

Ensworth

Nashville, Tenn.

Vanderbilt

Malcom Brown

DT

6-2

280

Brenham

Brenham, Texas

Texas

Ray Buchanan Jr.

DB

5-10

176

Peachtree Ridge

Suwanee, Ga.

Arkansas

Alex Carter

S

6-0

195

Briar Woods

Ashburn, Va.

Stanford

Timothy Cole

LB

6-2

220

Brenham

Brenham, Texas

Texas

Noor Davis

LB

6-4

225

Leesburg

Leesburg, Fla.

Stanford

Romond Deloatch

WR

6-4

215

Phoebus

Hampton, Va.

Uncommitted

Devin Funchess

TE

6-5

205

Harrison

Farmington Hills, Mich.

Michigan

Deontay Greenberry

WR

6-4

187

Washington Union

Fresno, Calif.

Notre Dame

DeVante Harris

DB

5-11

160

Horn

Mesquite, Texas

Oklahoma

Nick James

DT

6-5

335

Long Beach

Long Beach, Miss.

Mississippi State

Royce Jenkins-Stone

LB

6-2

215

Cass Tech

Detroit, Mich.

Michigan

Hardy Nickerson Jr.

LB

5-11

210

Bishop O’Dowd

Oakland, Calif.

California

Ifeadi Odenigbo

DE

6-4

210

Centerville

Centerville, Ohio

Uncommitted

Moana Ofahengaue

DE

6-4

210

Westlake

Lehi, Utah

Uncommitted

Jordan Payton

WR

6-2

200

Oaks Christian

Westlake Village, Calif.

Uncommitted

Se’Von Pittman

DT

6-5

245

McKinley

Canton, Ohio

Michigan State

Gimel President

DE

6-3

240

Wando

Mount Pleasant, S.C.

Auburn

Terry Richardson

CB

5-9

160

Cass Tech

Detroit, Mich.

Michigan

Rob Riederer

S

6-1

205

Holton

Holton, Kan.

Tulsa

James Ross

LB

6-0

209

St. Mary’s

Orchard Lake, Mich.

Michigan

Tee Shepard

CB

6-1

180

Washington Union

Fresno, Calif.

Notre Dame

Canon Smith

TE

6-4

240

Briarwood Christian

Birmingham, Ala.

Uncommitted

Chad Voytik

QB

6-1

185

Cleveland H.S.

Cleveland, Tenn.

Pittsburgh

Jameis Winston

QB

6-4

200

Hueytown H.S.

Hueytown, Ala.

Florida State

                                                              

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