U.S. National Team Regionals are in full swing, with events scheduled across the country every weekend through June 3.
At each site, one player is selected as the Regionals Most Valuable Player, which earns that athlete a scholarship to training camp (for high school players) or the Middle School Bowl Week (for middle school players). The Regionals serve in part as an evaluation period for coaches to select players for the National Team and possible participation in the 2019 International Bowl.
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Coming up this weekend: A big regional set for Atlanta. We hope to see you there!
Here’s a look at some of the highlights from last weekend’s events:
Kansas City, Missouri
Offensive lineman Brady Feeney of St. Louis was named MVP.
Day one of USA camp in the books. Can’t wait for tomorrow for competition Sunday tomorrow and to show out! @AlPopsUSAFB @usafootball @matthennesy @Coach_RamseyV @CBCFootball @PlayBookAthlete @varsitystarz @BenedictineKS @RealChadRicardo pic.twitter.com/MTb1bdUlVe— Blair Schonhorst (@blairschonhorst) May 20, 2018
New England (Worcester, Massachusetts)
The gold MVP football went to linebacker Jaden-Vaughn Sawyer of Dexter Southfield, Massachusetts.
Special thanks to @ACGreyhoundsFB for allowing the @USNFT to host our New England Regional here! Great staff, great facilities, great experience. Kicking off Developmental Session in the #HoundPound! Who’s here to #EarnYourStars? Competition Sunday has begun 🏈🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/yf9Lf8cUqL— dailey joy (@daileyjoyf) May 20, 2018
MVP honors went to offensive lineman Zack Denney of Paola Verdes Peninsula High School.
Congrats to Marcus Ramirez for winning today’s @ShockDoctor #CompeteForTheCleat contest at our LA Regional!— U.S. National Team (@USNFT) May 20, 2018
He won a custom designed pair of cleats from @k_obrand! #EarnyourStars | #MaxAirFlow pic.twitter.com/fmCY3evf8t
Here's a look at highlights from Regionals and Middle School Showcases earlier this spring:
Seattle (May 12-13)
Defensive back Jahee Nelson of Everett, Washington, took home the gold MVP football.
Charlotte (May 12-13)
Shyheim Battle, a defensive back from Rocky Mount, North Carolina, earned MVP honors.
Minneapolis (May 12-13)
MVP recognition went to Parker Ellis, a wide receiver from Prior Lake High School.
Los Angeles (May 5)
Wideout Braden Lynch of Claremont, California, impressed while earning the gold MVP ball at the LA Middle School Showcase.
The @USNFT LA Middle School Football Showcase is underway at @elcaminocollege 🏈— Chargers Community (@ChargersCR) May 5, 2018
Special thanks to #Chargers Geremy Davis, Chris Landrum & Jeff Richards for coming out to speak and coach up the kids! ⚡️#EarnYourStars pic.twitter.com/SXBeNtqctE
Chicago (April 28-29)
Offensive lineman Alex Solak of Menasha, Wisconsin, took home the gold MVP football from the Windy City.
A few participants were seen on TV screens across the country.
New Jersey (April 28-29)
Tight end Charles Finley of DePaul Catholic High School in Wayne, New Jersey, earned MVP honors.
The BEST of the BEST out here at the @USNFT New Jersey Regional. Athletes can’t help but get better with these coaches. Creating the best in the game, one athlete at a time! pic.twitter.com/tWlnsKNm4E— Mike Ridings (@CoachRidings) April 29, 2018
San Antonio (April 28-29)
Local defensive lineman Tunmise Adeleye was named MVP.
Great day 1 @USNFT just want to say Thank you to all the coaches for work today @tgilkey57 @EnnisFootball @teamvblack @brettbowersfit @PlayBookAthlete @AlPopsUSAFB @Youth1Media @ncsa @CoachAI #QBNation2023 #Grind pic.twitter.com/85a0HSxZjE— Jackson Gilkey (@Jackson_Gilkey) April 29, 2018
Sacramento, California (April 21-22)
Skill position player Raleek Brown of Stockton, California, claimed Most Valuable Player honors for the weekend.
Washington, D.C. (April 21-22)
Offensive lineman Dwayne Allick Jr. of DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland (coached by 2018 U-19 U.S. National Team coach Elijah Brooks) took home the gold MVP football.
Great finish to an amazing weekend, thank you @USNFT and to all the coaches for helping me get better. Thank you @VAQB8 for helping me for the years of help and advice for me, not only as a football player, but as a person Can't wait for the Baltimore regional camp!— George Ward (@The_George_Ward) April 23, 2018
Lexington, Kentucky (April 21-22)
Running back Tre Davidson of Columbia, Tennessee, was named MVP.
Houston (April 14-15)
Running back John Carrington, from San Antonio, took home MVP honors at the Houston Regional.
S/o to this group of young men for making this weekend a great one! They brought energy, were extremely coachable, and competed their tails off! What a fun weekend! @USNFT #EarnYourStars #Htown pic.twitter.com/rLNqx3a1Lq— Brad Smithey (@CoachBSmithey) April 16, 2018
Great weekend of learning at the USA Regionals💯✅ Thanks to the coaches they taught me things to add to my game❣️ Highlight video coming soon 👍🏼 @Coach_Shavers @coach_b_smith @ThaBallCoach @CoachBSmithey @USNFT #EarnYourStars pic.twitter.com/F7LjMHEMUc— Isaiah Wallace (@isaiahwallace02) April 15, 2018
Indianapolis (April 14-15)
Michigan City's Lyric McFarrin made the three-hour trip even more worthwhile by earning MVP honors at the event held at Avon High School, just west of Indy.
San Francisco (April 14-15)
El Cerrito, California, defensive back Frazier White took MVP honors at the San Francisco Regional, which took place at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, home of the San Francisco 49ers.
New Jersey (April 7)
Donovan Catholic defensive lineman Dom Brogna claimed MVP honors at the Jersey Middle School Showcase.
Washington, D.C. (April 7)
Athlete Ramon Brown of Chester, Virginia, took home the gold MVP football at the D.C. Middle School Showcase.
Oklahoma City (March 24-25)
In securing MVP honors, Isaiah Jacobs of Owasso, Oklahoma, showed running back skills run strong in his family. His brother, Josh, will be a junior running back for defending national champion Alabama in the fall.
Dallas (March 17-18)
Defensive lineman Lawerence Norton was named Regional MVP at Dallas.
Everything's bigger in Texas! Amazing group of young Ofensive lineman at the @USNFT Regional in Dallas. This group will be paving the path to the end zone for many come the fall! #EarnYourStars pic.twitter.com/d1BYXOs5V8— Jason Tenner (@CoachTenner) March 19, 2018
Wanna thank @USNFT and all the coaches for a great camp this weekend🏈🔥. Grind don’t stop!! @AlPopsUSAFB @BvVolk @ClayMackSkills @DBCoachMcGraw #EarnYourStars Got that one handed pick! #NoFlyZone pic.twitter.com/15L1uxPYyV— Lincoln Carrizales (@lincolnc03) March 19, 2018
Orlando, Florida (March 17-18)
Defensive lineman Nathan Issac earned Regional MVP honors in Orlando.
Las Vegas (March 17-18)
Offensive lineman Julian Bradley was named Regional MVP in Vegas.
Laid it all out on the field. Thank you to @usafootball @AlPopsUSAFB @USNFT for letting me try out for the Team. Also thanks to Coach @CoachRamirez_ for critiquing my game so I could get better. #EarnYourStars #NAU pic.twitter.com/2Tv1y8o5x4— Arnell Christen Jr (@savagenelly25) March 18, 2018
Here's a look at three Middle School Showcase events that took place March 10:
Charlotte, North Carolina (March 10)
Quarterback Blue Monroe (pictured below) earned the Regional MVP at Charlotte.
Dallas (March 10)
Offensive lineman Jackson Newville of Allen, Texas, claimed the Regional MVP award at the Dallas event.
Kansas City, Missouri (March 10)
Wide receiver Jack Meylan (pictured below) took Regional MVP honors at Kansas City.
That's a wrap from the Kansas City Middle School Showcase. Thanks to all the athletes and coaches who came out to make this event so special! Special thanks to @Chiefs players @RakeemNunez & @stonecoldjones_ for dropping by! On to the next one! 🛫#EarnYourStars pic.twitter.com/x3oCBNY64W— U.S. National Team (@USNFT) March 11, 2018