By: Jay Kidwell
RUNNING BACKS AND WIDE RECEIVERS ANNOUNCED FOR 2013 U.S. UNDER-19 NATIONAL TEAM IN FOOTBALL
Running backs CHASE ABBINGTON of St. Peters (Mo.) Fort Zumwalt South High School, DAMIEN HASKINS of New Boston (Texas) High School and TERRELL NEWBY of West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade College High School join wide receivers RODNEY ADAMS of Lakewood (Fla.) High School, QUINCY ADEBOYEJO of Cedar Hill (Texas) High School, CHEVOSKI COLLINS of Livingston (Texas) High School, ISHMAEL HYMAN of Holmdel (N.J.) St. John Vianney High School, RYAN JENKINS of Marietta (Ga.) Lassiter High School, FRED ROSS of Tyler (Texas) John Tyler High School and DERRICK WILLIES of Rock Island (Ill.) High School in being selected to play on the 2013 U.S. Under-19 National Team, assembled by USA Football. The team will compete 8 p.m. CT Feb. 5 – the night before National Signing Day – in the fourth annual International Bowl in Austin, Texas.
The International Bowl is an annual competition that unites nations that comprise the International Federation of American Football (IFAF). The IFAF World Team includes players age 19-and-under from outside the United States. IFAF is composed of 64 countries spanning six continents that possess a national federation dedicated solely to American football.
The 2013 International Bowl will be played at Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex in Austin, Texas. Both teams will field a roster of 45 players. Team USA's players and coaches are selected by USA Football.
Abbington, a member of the 2012 U.S. Under-19 National Team in this past summer's IFAF World Championship, rushed 158 times for 939 yards and 12 touchdowns, had 142 yards receiving and a score and even threw a touchdown pass in 2012 for Fort Zumwalt. Abbington also recorded 49 tackles, including for loss and a fumble recovery. He is verbally committed to play at Missouri.
Haskins has rushed for 2,833 yards and 50 touchdowns on 215 carries at New Boston, averaging more than 13 yards per rush. He scored at least three touchdowns per game in his first 11 games. Haskins is verbally committed to Oregon State.
As a senior, Newby has rushed for 2,129 yards on 272 carries (7.83 average) and 43 scores. He also had 158 receiving yards on 15 receptions. Newby is undecided on where he will attend college. He has offers from California, Nebraska, Oregon and UCLA, among others.
Adams caught 22 passes for 390 yards and gained 378 yards rushing for a combined seven TDs. The 6-foot-1 receiver is undecided on a college choice and has received offers from Cincinnati, Houston, Central Florida and West Virginia.
Adeboyejo has caught 59 passes for 827 yards and 10 TDs during his senior year at Cedar Hill. He also has run for a touchdown. On the season, Adeboyejo has accounted for 68 points, including a two-point conversion. He is verbally committed to Texas A&M.
Collins rushed for 463 yards rushing during his senior season, including a long of 52 yards, and scored 11 times. He also threw for 460 yards and five touchdowns, caught five passes for 44 yards and recorded three interceptions on defense. Collins is verbally committed to Texas.
As a senior in 2012, Hyman had 428 yards receiving on 24 catches (17.8 average) and four touchdowns. Undecided on a college, he holds offers from Purdue, Boston College and Rutgers, among others.
Jenkins had seven receiving touchdowns for Lassiter in 2012. As a junior, he caught 25 passes for 415 yards and five scores. He is verbally committed to Clemson.
Ross caught 99 passes for 1,335 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior in 2011. He also ran for 460 yards and six scores on just 33 carries. Ross is verbally committed to Oklahoma State.
Willies caught 56 passes for 877 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior in 2012. He also averaged 13.5 yards on punt returns. He is verbally committed to Iowa.
USA Football will announce 2013 U.S. Under-19 National Team players in their position groups through mid-December.
Team USA is led by AARON BRADY, head coach of Washington, D.C., Gonzaga College High School. Brady, 36, is 23-11 since being named the head coach of Gonzaga in 2010. In 2011, Brady guided the Eagles to the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship game for the first time in 10 years.
Familiar with the International Bowl, Brady was a defensive assistant for the 2011 U.S. team that won, 21-14, in Austin. Additionally, he has spent the past two summers with USA Football's U-15 program and has traveled to Sweden teaching the game in conjunction with Sweden's football federation.
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.
TUOMAS HEIKKINEN of Finland is the IFAF World Team's head coach. Heikkinen was the World Team's defensive backs coach in 2011 and 2012, and the five-time Coach of the Year in Finland was inducted into the Finnish American Football Federation Hall of Fame in 2008.
The U.S. Under-19 team is 7-2 in international play, including 2-1 in the International Bowl. The World Team won, 35-29, last February in Austin.
U.S. Under-19 National Team alumni include: IFAF World Team alumni include:
• RB David Wilson, N.Y. Giants (2009 team) • DE Mehdi Abdesmad, Boston College/Canada (2010 team)
• QB Kevin Hogan, Stanford (2011) • DL Aiulua Fanene, Arizona/American Samoa (2010)
• WR Jaxon Shipley, Texas (2011) • DE Bjoern Werner, Florida State/Germany (2010)
• DL Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame (2011)
• RB Todd Gurley, Georgia (2012) • DT Jesse Williams, Alabama/Australia (2010)
• OL Aleksandar Milanovic, Sacramento State/Austria (2011)
Coaches, players, venues and ticket information will be announced in the coming months.
U.S. Under-19 National Team roster:
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. High school Hometown College verbal
Chase Abbington RB 6-4 210 Fort Zumwalt South St. Peters, Mo. Missouri
Rodney Adams WR 6-1 166 Lakewood St. Petersburg, Fla. Undecided
Quincy Adeboyejo WR 6-3 175 Cedar Hill Cedar Hill, Texas Texas A&M
Justin Bridges-Thompson LB 6-2 195 Spartanburg Spartanburg, S.C. UNC-Charlotte
Shane Cockerille QB 6-2 205 Gilman School Baltimore, Md. Maryland
Chevoski Collins WR 6-0 190 Livingston Livingston, Texas Texas
Samuel Douglas LB 6-2 185 Arlington Arlington, Texas TCU
Ben Gedeon LB 6-3 215 Hudson Hudson, Ohio Michigan
Damien Haskins RB 5-9 213 New Boston New Boston, Texas Oregon State
Ishmael Hyman WR 6-0 170 St. John Vianney Holmdel, N.J. Undecided
Cory Jasudowich LB 6-2 235 Cheshire Academy Cheshire, Conn. Connecticut
Ryan Jenkins WR 5-10 179 Lassiter Marietta, Ga. Clemson
Delando Johnson LB 6-2 180 Calvert Hall Towson, Md. Undecided
Terrell Newby RB 5-10 180 Chaminade College West Hills, Calif. Undecided
Doug Randolph LB 6-3 237 Woodberry Forest Richmond, Va. Notre Dame
Fred Ross WR 6-1 200 John Tyler Tyler, Texas Oklahoma State
Anu Solomon QB 6-1 202 Bishop Gorman Las Vegas, Nev. Arizona
Derrick Willies WR 6-3 190 Rock Island Rock Island, Ill. Iowa
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 dozens of 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.