Press Box,National Teams

USA Football selects seven defensive backs to U.S. Under-19 National Team

Steve Alic, Director of Communications Thu, 09/26/2013 - 10:17am

Defensive backs MARCUS GREEN of Cedar Hill (Texas) High School, T.J. HARRELL ofTampa (Fla.) Catholic High School,KALEN MCCAIN ofDurham (N.C.) Hillside High School, KENDALL RANDOLPHof Tallahassee (Fla.)Lincoln High School, NICK RUFFIN of Duluth (Ga.) St. Pius X Catholic High School, ALONZO SAXTON of Columbus (Ohio) Bishop Hartley High School and PARRKER WESTPHAL of Bolingbrook (Ill.) High School 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).

Green, a 6-foot-1, 176-pound cornerback, had 41 tackles, 16 pass breakups and two interceptions in 2012 to help Cedar Hill reach the Texas 5A Division II state title game. He is verbally committed to Oklahoma.

Harrell is 6-foot-1, 210-pound two-way player. On offense in 2012, he ran for 616 yards and two touchdowns. On the defensive side of the ball, he recorded 170 total tackles, 5½ sacks and two interceptions. He is undecided on a college choice.

McCain, a 6-foot-1, 175-pound safety, had 34 tackles and four interceptions last season. He is verbally committed to North Carolina State.

Randolph, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound cornerback, recorded 24 tackles in 2012. He is undecided on a college choice.

Ruffin, a 6-foot, 170-pound cornerback and wide receiver, recorded 67 tackles, three interceptions, four forced fumbles and nine pass breakups in 2012. He is verbally committed to Auburn.

Saxton played both wide receiver and defensive back in 2012. As a junior, he rushed nine times for 118 yards, caught 6 passes for 298 yards and scored four touchdowns. On defensive side, he had 28 tackles, two interceptions and seven pass breakups. He is verbally committed to Duke.

Westphal had 51 tackles, three interceptions, four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in 2012. The 6-foot-1 cornerback is undecided on a college choice but has received more than 20 scholarship offers, including Arizona State, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State and Vanderbilt.

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.)

Marcus Green

DB

6-1

176

Cedar Hill, Texas

Cedar Hill High School

Oklahoma

T.J. Harrell

DB

6-1

210

Tampa, Fla.

Tampa Catholic High School

Undecided

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

Kalen McCain

DB

6-1

175

Durham, N.C.

Hillside High School

N.C. State

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

Kendall Randolph

DB

5-11

175

Tallahassee, Fla.

Lincoln High School

Undecided

Dalton Risner

OL

6-4

285

Wiggins, Colo.

Wiggins High School

Kansas State

Nick Ruffin

DB

6-0

170

Duluth, Ga.

St. Pius X Catholic High School

Auburn

Alonzo Saxton

DB

5-11

175

Columbus, Ohio

Bishop Hartley High School

Duke

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

Parrker Westphal

DB

6-1

195

Bolingbrook, Ill.

Bolingbrook High School

Undecided

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.