Press Box,National Teams

USA Football selects 10 defensive linemen to U.S. Under-19 National Team

Steve Alic, Director of Communications Tue, 09/24/2013 - 11:22am

Defensive Lineman CRAIG EVANS of Sun Prairie (Wis.) High School, JAY HAYES of Brooklyn (N.Y.)Poly Prep Country Day School, BILLY HIRSCHFIELD of Hartland (Wis.) Arrowhead High School, JALEN JELKS of Phoenix Desert Vista High School, TREY LEALAIMATAFAO of San Antonio Earl Warren High School, LAWRENCE MARSHALL of Southfield (Mich.) High School, HARRISON PHILLIPS of Omaha (Neb.) Millard West High School, MICAH THOMAS of Cedar Park (Texas) Vista Ridge High School, DYLAN THOMPSON of Lombard (Ill.) Montini Catholic High School and RENELL WREN of St. Louis Lutheran High School North have been selected to play on the 2014 U.S. Under-19 National Team, assembled by USA Football. The U.S. Under-19 National Team will take on Team Canada at 7:30 p.m. CT Feb. 7 at Maverick Stadium at the University of Texas at Arlington.

The 2014 International Bowl is a collaboration of the sport’s national governing bodies in each country – USA Football and Football Canada – featuring top student-athletes in football’s greatest annual international competition.

At the Under-19 age level, the upcoming International Bowl marks the third contest between Team USA and Team Canada. Team Canada defeated the Under-19 Americans, 23-17, on July 7, 2012, at Burger Stadium in Austin, Texas. On July 5, 2009, Team USA defeated the Canadians, 41-3, at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio. U.S. Under-19 National Team alumni include RB TODD GURLEY (Georgia), QB KEVIN HOGAN (Stanford), DE STEPHON TUITT (Notre Dame), RB David Wilson (N.Y. Giants/Virginia Tech) and QB JAMEIS WINSTON (Florida State).

Evans is a big, strong defensive lineman who can dominate the line of scrimmage. At 6-foot-3, 305 pounds, he is verbally committed to Wisconsin.

Hayes is a 6-foot-5, 270-pound defensive tackle who plays on both defense and offense. A two-time All-New York City first team selection, Hayes received more than 50 FBS scholarship offers and is verbally committed to Notre Dame.

Hirschfield, a 6-foot-6, 269-pound defensive tackle, helped his team go undefeated en route to a state title in 2012. He recorded 64 tackles, including 17 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, three forced fumbles and three deflected passes. Hirschfield is verbally committed to Wisconsin.

Jelks, a 6-foot-7, 250-pound defensive lineman, is a two-way starter at offensive tackle and defensive end. He is verbally committed to Oregon. He had 39 tackles, including four sacks in 2012.

Lealaimatafao, a 6-foot-2, 301-pound defensive tackle, won the defensive skill MVP award at the Rivals Camp Series in Houston this summer. He is verbally committed to Texas.

Marshall, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound defensive end, helped lead his team to the second round of the state playoffs in 2012 while recording 15 sacks and four interceptions on the season. He is verbally committed Michigan.

Phillips, a 6-foot-3, 245-pound defensive lineman, is an All-Nebraska player who recorded 81 tackles, including 35 tackles for loss and 11 sacks in 2012. He is verbally committed to Stanford.

Thomas, a 6-foot-2, 247-pound defensive lineman, recorded 59 tackles, including 23 tackles for loss and four sacks in 2012. He is verbally committed to Arkansas State.

Thompson, a 6-foot-5, 274-pound defensive end, recorded 73 tackles, including 17 tackles for loss, 7½ sacks, four forced fumbles and six pass breakups in 2012. He is verbally committed to Ohio State.

Wren, a 6-foot-5, 247-pound defensive end, recorded 43 tackles, including eight for loss, three sacks and four fumble recoveries in 2012. He is undecided on a college choice but is considering offers from Cincinnati, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri and Purdue, among others.

USA Football will announce 2014 U.S. Under-19 National Team players in their position groups through mid-October.

The Under-19 competition kicks off two days after National Signing Day, when Team USA and Team Canada players will sign national letters of intent during a morning breakfast event. Last year, 44 eventual college football players signed their letters of intent during International Bowl week alongside family, friends and media.

Team USA is led by BRANDON FAIRCLOTH, head coach at Port Neches-Groves High School in Port Neches, Texas. Faircloth took over the Port Neches-Groves program in 2007 and led the team to a perfect 10-0 regular season record, becoming only the third coach to achieve that mark in the school’s history. Faircloth was named his area’s Coach of the Year in 2009 by The Beaumont (Texas) Enterprise.

Faircloth served as the U.S. Under-19 National Team offensive coordinator in 2011 and 2013 as well as the head coach for the U.S. Under-18 Development Team last July in Austin. Faircloth’s staff will include current NCAA and high school coaches. As the national governing body for the sport, the NCAA allows USA Football staffs to include current NCAA coaches. Football Canada’s National Teams also will feature college-level coaches.

The NCAA recognizes USA Football’s International Bowl as a national team competition. Playing for the United States in the International Bowl is exempt from high school seniors’ two all-star game appearances.

USA Football and Football Canada are among the 64 national federations who are members of the International Federation of American Football (IFAF). IFAF’s member nations span six continental regions: Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania and South America.

U.S. Under-19 National Team

Name

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Hometown

High school

College verbal

Kyle Berger

LB

6-3

220

Cleveland, Ohio

St. Ignatius High School

Ohio State

Jimmy Byrne

OL

6-4

285

Cleveland, Ohio

St. Ignatius High School

Notre Dame

Deon Drake

LB

6-1

220

Detroit, Mich.

Cass Technical High School

Michigan State

Craig Evans

DL

6-3

305

Sun Prairie, Wis.

Sun Prairie High School

Wisconsin

Reilly Gibbons

OL

6-6

275

St. Petersburg, Fla.

St. Petersburg Catholic High School

Miami (Fla.)

Jay Hayes

DT

6-5

270

Brooklyn, N.Y.

Poly Prep Country Day School

Notre Dame

Billy Hirschfield

DT

6-6

269

Hartland, Wis.

Arrowhead High School

Wisconsin

Justin Jackson

RB

6-0

185

Carroll Stream, Ill.

Glenbard North High School

Northwestern

Vincent Jackson

LB

6-3

245

Tampa, Fla.

Jesuit High School

Undecided

Jalen Jelks

DL

6-7

250

Phoenix, Ariz.

Desert Vista High School

Oregon

Jarrett Larubbio

OL

6-5

280

Liberty, Ohio

Lakota East High School

Kentucky

Trey Lealaimatafao

DT

6-2

301

San Antonio, Texas

Earl Warren High School

Texas

Lawrence Marshall

DE

6-3

225

Southfield, Mich.

Southfield High School

Michigan

Greer Martini

LB

6-4

226

Woodberry Forest, Va.

Woodberry Forest School

Notre Dame

Montel McBride

OL

6-4

332

Plant City, Fla.

Plant City High School

Alabama

Tommy Mister

RB

6-0

198

Chicago, Ill.

St. Rita of Cascia High School

Iowa State

Brent Morrow

OL

6-2

275

St. Louis, Mo.

Ladue Horton Watkins High School

Undecided

Steven Moss

OL

6-5

273

Fredericksburg, Va.

Chancellor High School

Virginia

Samaje Perine

RB

6-0

213

Pflugerville, Texas

Hendrickson High School

Oklahoma

Kamryn Pettway

RB

6-0

230

Pratville, Ala.

Pratville High School

Auburn

Harrison Phillips

DL

6-3

245

Omaha, Neb.

Millard West High School

Stanford

Jacob Pugh

LB

6-4

236

Tallahassee, Fla.

Amos P. Godby High School

Florida State

Dalton Risner

OL

6-4

285

Wiggins, Colo.

Wiggins High School

Kansas State

Nile Sykes

LB

6-1

219

Lombard, Ill.

Montini Catholic High School

Undecided

Brady Taylor

OL

6-5

265

Columbus, Ohio

Bishop Ready High School

Virginia Tech

A'lique Terry

OL

6-1

290

Miami, Fla.

Hialeah Senior High School

Undecided

Micah Thomas

DL

6-2

247

Cedar Park, Texas

Vista Ridge High School

Arkansas State

Dylan Thompson

DE

6-5

274

Lombard, Ill.

Montini Catholic High School

Ohio State

Renell Wren

DE

6-5

247

St. Louis, Mo.

Lutheran High School North

Undecided

Isaiah Wynn

OL

6-2

270

St. Petersburg, Fla.

Lakewood High School

Georgia

About USA Football:Indianapolis-based USA Football is the sport’s national governing body, leading the game’s development for youth, high school and other amateur football players. The independent nonprofit is the official youth football development partner of the NFL, its 32 teams and the NCAA’s Atlantic Athletic Conference. USA Football (usafootball.com), endowed by the NFL and NFLPA in 2002, is the sport’s leader in coaching education and player skill advancement for a better, safer game.