Defensive backs DARRIUS MOSLEY of O’Fallon (Ill.) High School, DASHON PANETTA-HUNT of Thousand Oaks (Calif.) Westlake High School, MALIK RUCKER of New Hope (Minn.) Robbinsdale Cooper High School, DARRIUS SIMS of Southaven (Miss.) Whitehaven High School, CAMERON WALKER of Los Angeles Loyola High School and TYLER WILLIS of Indianapolis Cathedral High School have been selected to play on the 2012 U.S. Under-19 National Team, assembled by USA Football.
The team will compete in the 2012 IFAF Under-19 World Championship on June 30 to July 7 at Burger Stadium in Austin, Texas. The eight-nation tournament is conducted by the International Federation of American Football. Players and coaches will live at the University of Texas in Olympic Village-style accommodations. 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 compete against national teams from American Samoa, Austria, Canada, France, Japan, Panama and Sweden. The United States won the inaugural IFAF Under-19 World Championship in 2009 in Canton, Ohio, earning the No. 1 seed this summer. The Americans open against No. 8 seed American Samoa at 8 p.m. CT June 30.
Mosley had 50 tackles as a junior in 2011, returning three of his four interceptions for touchdowns. At 5-foot-10, 175 pounds, he also caught 33 passes for 665 yards and seven more TDs.
Panetta-Hunt is a ball hawk on defense who returned six interceptions for touchdowns during his sophomore and junior seasons combined. He picked off seven passes as a junior in 2011. He has verbally committed to play at UCLA.
Rucker had 52 tackles in just nine games as a junior in 2011. He has received more than 10 college offers, including Iowa, Iowa State, Arizona State, Boston College and Illinois.
As a junior in 2011, Sims intercepted seven passes and recorded 30 tackles while also returning punts for Whitehaven.
As a junior in 2011, Walker had 43 tackles, 2 1/2 sacks, two interceptions and seven passes defended. He also rushed for 490 yards on 87 carries (5.6 average) with seven touchdowns. As a sophomore in 2010, he recorded 69 tackles, broke up a pair of passes and forced a fumble.
Willis recorded 71 tackles (7 1/2 for a loss), forced a fumble, recovered three fumbles, broke up four passes and had three interceptions during his senior season last fall. He has signed a national letter of intent to play at the University of Indianapolis.
USA Football will continue to announce 2012 U.S. Under-19 National Team players in their position groups until the 45-player roster is finalized.
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 77-19 (.802) since becoming the head coach at his 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 IFAF Under-19 World Championship 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.
U.S. Under-19 National Team roster:
|Chase Abbington||6-4||210||LB||St. Peters, Mo.||Fort Zumwalt South||Missouri-*|
|Rodney Adams||6-1||170||WR||St. Petersburg, Fla.||Lakewood||Florida-*|
|Eric Beisel||6-4||235||LB||Fenton, Mo.||Rockwood Summit||Undecided|
|Reggie Chevis||6-2||238||LB||Houston, Texas||Sharpstown||Undecided|
|Kight Dallas||6-2||220||DE-LB||Lithonia, Ga.||Arabia Mountain||South Carolina-*|
|Mark Dodson Jr.||5-10||185||RB||Memphis, Tenn.||Whitehaven||Undecided|
|Samuel Douglas||6-2||180||LB||Arlington, Texas||Arlington||TCU-*|
|Dajuan Drennon||6-3||230||DE||Clementon, N.J.||Timber Creek||Undecided|
|Tarean Folston||5-9||185||WR||Rockledge, Fla.||Cocoa||Undecided|
|Trent Hosick||6-2||223||QB||Kansas City, Mo.||Staley||Missouri-*|
|Conor Hundley||5-9||185||RB||Cincinnati||St. Xavier||Akron|
|Dakota Jackson||6-3||250||TE||Roanoke, Va.||Northside||Virginia Tech|
|Cory Jasudowich||6-2||235||LB||North Branford, Conn.||Cheshire||Undecided|
|Rashad Kinlaw||6-2||180||WR||Galloway, N.J.||Absegami||Notre Dame-*|
|Isaac McDonald||6-5||210||LB||Hialeah, Fla.||Champagnat Catholic||Clemson-*|
|Herbert Moore||6-1||335||DT||Memphis, Tenn.||Memphis East||Undecided|
|Darrius Mosley||5-11||175||DB||O’Fallon, Ill.||O’Fallon||Undecided|
|Ebenezer Ogundeko||6-4||237||DE||Brooklyn, N.Y.||Thomas Jefferson||Undecided|
|Dashon Panetta-Hunt||5-10||175||DB||Simi Valley, Calif.||Westlake||UCLA-*|
|Malik Rucker||6-0||175||DB||Minneapolis, Minn.||Robbinsdale Cooper||Undecided|
|Brayden Scott||6-3||200||QB||Tulsa, Okla.||Tahlequah-Sequoyah||Undecided|
|Darrius Sims||5-10||170||DB||Southaven, Miss.||Whitehaven||Undecided|
|Reggie Spearman||6-2||210||LB||Burnham, Ill.||Simeon||Undecided|
|Durham Smythe||6-6||230||TE||Belton, Texas||Belton||Texas-*|
|Cameron Vanwinkle||5-11||165||K-P||Fall City, Wash.||Mount Si||Undecided|
|Cameron Walker||5-10||180||DB||Los Angeles, Calif.||Loyola||Undecided|
|Tyler Willis||5-11||190||DB||Indianapolis, Ind.||Cathedral||Indianapolis|
|Jesus Wilson||5-10||170||WR||Homestead, Fla.||Christopher Columbus||Undecided|
|Lorenzo Woodley||6-0||210||RB||Miami, Fla.||Christopher Columbus||Undecided|
|Desmond Wyatt||5-11||170||WR||Austin, Texas||Westwood||Undecided|
U.S. Under-19 National Team coaching staff:
|Steve Specht||Cincinnati, Ohio||St. Xavier||Head Coach|
|Chris Merritt||Miami, Fla.||Christopher Columbus||Offensive Coordinator|
|Rick Streiff||Indianapolis, Ind.||Cathedral||Defensive Coordinator|
|Tom Bolden||Cincinnati, Ohio||Colerain||Offensive line|
|Gabe Infante||Philadelphia, Pa.||St. Joseph’s||Defensive line|
|Ken Lucas||Annapolis, Md.||Annapolis Area Christian||Secondary|
|Greg McCaig||Houston, Texas||Cypress Creek||Tight ends, special teams|
|Cory Moore||St. Petersburg, Fla.||Lakewood||Linebackers|
|Charlie Ward||Houston, Texas||Westbury Christian||Wide receivers|
|L.D. Williams||Austin, Texas||Westwood||Offensive line|
USA Football’s national team program is supported by corporate partners Marriott, Riddell, Sports Authority, Rawlings, Cutters, Gatorade, Upper Deck, Shock Doctor and St. Vincent Sports Performance.
About USA Football: USA Football, the sport’s national governing body in the United States, hosts more than 100 football training events annually offering education for coaches, skill development for players and resources for youth football league commissioners. The independent nonprofit is the official youth football development partner of the NFL, its 32 teams and the NFL Players Association. USA Football manages U.S. national teams within the sport for international competitions and provides more than $1 million annually in equipment grants and youth league volunteer background check subsidies. Endowed by the NFL and NFLPA in 2002 through the NFL Youth Football Fund, USA Football (www.usafootball.com) is chaired by former NFL team executive Carl Peterson.