Head coach: Steve Specht
The United States is the defending Under-19 champion after winning the inaugural IFAF Under-19 World Championship, held in 2009 in Canton, Ohio. The United States, coached by Chuck Kyle of Cleveland St. Ignatius, outscored three opponents 174-3 en route to the gold medal.Specht, 43, is 74-19 (.796) since becoming the head coach at his high school alma mater following the 2003 season. His Bombers have won two Ohio big school championships (2005, 2007), with Specht earning Ohio Division I Coach of the Year honors both times.Specht was the defensive coordinator of the 2009 U.S. Under-19. He also served as U.S. Under-19 head coach on Feb. 1 in Austin, where Team USA lost to the IFAF World Team, 35-29, in the third annual International Bowl.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 two permitted all-star game appearances.

USA Football Overview

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 is chaired by former NFL team executive Carl Peterson.

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Tarean Folston

5-9, 185, RB

Rockledge, Fla.

A running back and slot receiver, Folston rushed for 1,295 yards on 153 carries (8.4 average) and 17 touchdowns as a junior in 2011 for Cocoa High School. As a sophomore, the 5-9, 185-pounder scored 13 touchdowns, gained 1,247 yards on the ground and helped lead the Tigers to a 14-0 record and a Florida state championship. His father, James Folston, played eight seasons in the NFL with the Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders and Arizona Cardinals.

Dashon Hunt

5-10, 175, DB

Simi Valley, Calif.

Hunt is a ball hawk on defense who returned six interceptions for touchdowns during his sophomore and junior seasons combined at Westlake High School. He picked off seven passes as a junior in 2011. He has received numerous college scholarship offers, including Nebraska, Boise State and most Pac-12 schools.

Ethan Pocic

6-7, 285, OL

Lemont, Ill.

The 6-foot-7, 285-pounder from Lemont High School recently gave a verbal commitment to play at LSU. As an offensive tackle, he helped Lemont High School rush for 3,086 yards last fall and reach the Illinois Class 6A state semifinals.

Brayden Scott

6-3, 200, QB

Tulsa, Okla.

Scott completed 158-of-253 passes (62.4 percent) for 2,270 yards and 26 touchdowns last fall at Tahlequah-Sequoyah High School. The 6-2, 200-pound junior quarterback has verbally committed to play at Memphis.

Jesus Wilson

5-10, 170, WR

Homestead, Fla.

Wilson led the Explorers to a 10-3 record last year as a junior, a year after he caught 23 passes for 424 yards and five TDs. The Christopher Columbus High School standout has verbally committed to play at Florida State University.

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