Thousands of high school football players from across the country lived a longtime dream Wednesday by signing with college football programs to continue their playing careers, including seven members of the 2018 U.S. U-19 National Team that beat Team Canada 47-7 at International Bowl IX.
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Here's a look at some of the happy athletes:
Tavion Thomas, 6-2, 235, RB, Dunbar High School (Dayton, Ohio), signed with Cincinnati
Geno Albini, 6-0, 206, LS, Wimberly High School (Texas), signed with Arizona
LaMarius Benson, 6-4, 330, OL, Eastside High School (Covington, Georgia), signed with Central Florida
Nigel Bethel, 5-11, 165, WR, Northwestern High School (Miami), signed with Miami
Jaylon Reed, 6-1, 170, DB, Olive Branch High School (Mississippi), signed with Mississippi State
A native of Olive Branch, @TheJaylonReed has joined #StateTeam18 and will be headed to #StarkVegas! Join us in welcoming him to the Family!— MSU Football 🏈 (@HailStateFB) February 7, 2018
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Jacob Copeland, 6-0, 192, WR, Escambia High School (Pensacola, Florida), signed with Florida
Ches Jackson, 6-5, 270, DL, Tift County High School (Tifton, Georgia), signed with Colorado State
Thirty-six of the U-19 National Team's 46 players signed during the early signing period in December. To see where they'll be playing this fall, click here.