U.S. Under-19 National Team roster announced for IFAF World Championship in Mexico City

By Adam Wire | Posted 7/14/2018

Forty-four high school and college football players spanning 19 states have been selected for the U.S. Under-19 National Team that will compete in the 2018 International Federation of American Football World Championship, USA Football announced today.

Following its training camp July 3-12 at Northern Arizona University (Flagstaff), the National Team will travel to Mexico City for the first of its three games July 14 against Australia. The event – held every two years – culminates with the Gold Medal Game on July 22.

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The head coach of the U.S. Under-19 National Team is Matt Hennesy of Pawhuska (Oklahoma) High School. A high school coaching veteran of 26 years, Hennesy enters his first season at Pawhuska. In 2012, he took over a Locust Grove (Oklahoma) program that had won just two games in its previous three seasons, and went 52-18 (.742) during his tenure. Hennesy was defensive coordinator for the 2016 U-19 National Team that competed in the IFAF World Championship in Harbin, China, and was head coach of the 2017 U-18 squad that defeated Canada in the North American Championship.

 

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The United States is one of six nations that will compete for the championship, along with Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico and Sweden. The U.S. earned a silver medal at the 2016 IFAF U-19 World Championship, as it lost to Canada 24-6. The U.S. has won two of the four World Championships to date (2009, ’14), while Canada claimed the other two (’12, ’16).  

2018 U.S. Under-19 National Team roster:

NAME (No.)

POS

HT

WT

HIGH SCHOOL / COLLEGE (FALL 2018)

Alek Jacobs (2)

QB

6-0

190

Augustana College (Illinois)

Jake O’Donnell (12)

QB

6-4

185

James Madison University (Virginia)

Alec Meza (4)

RB

5-10

195

Scottsdale College (Arizona)

Treshaun Ward (6)

RB

5-9

185

Tampa Bay Tech (Florida) H.S.

Chaise Ellis (22)

RB

5-11

210

Midwestern State University (Texas)

Casey Clanton (86)

TE

6-4

240

Central H.S. (Phoenix)

Emerson Freeman (42)

TE

6-2

230

Western State University (Colorado)

Ben Roots (64)

OL

6-4

280

Desert Mountain H.S. (Scottsdale, Arizona)

Julian Bradley (65)

OL

6-3

285

Henderson (Nevada) H.S.

Dugan Kelly (68)

OL

6-4

300

Quincy (Illinois) University

Eli Save (79)

OL

6-4

320

Southern Oregon University

Kobe Rios (76)

OL

6-6

300

Rock Island (Illinois) H.S.

Donovan Robinson (75)

OL

6-6

310

Avalon (Maryland) H.S.

Isaiah Butler (74)

OL

6-4

310

Kennedale (Texas) H.S.

Kaiden Baxter (60)

OL

6-2

275

Phoenix College

Ezekiel Ennis (5)

WR

6-0

185

Sacred Heart University (Connecticut)

Caleb Easley (20)

WR

6-0

175

San Tan Charter School (Gilbert, Arizona)*

Harrington Greer (14)

WR

6-5

190

South Bend (Indiana) Riley H.S.*

Randy Rivera (3)

WR

5-10

175

Eleanor Roosevelt (California) H.S.

Dax Hodges (80)

WR

6-4

185

Mesa (Arizona) College

Ali Jennings (13)

WR

6-3

185

Highland Springs (Virginia) H.S.

Immanuel Hickman (8)

DE

6-3

235

Matoaca (Virginia) H.S.

De’Andre Clifton (23)

DE

6-3

230

Avalon (Maryland) H.S.

 

Rick D’Abreu (44)

DE

6-3

235

Thomas Dale (Virginia) H.S.

Cooper Beebe (98)

DT

6-3

310

Piper (Kansas) H.S.**

Colin Christman-Gourley (91)

DT

6-3

300

Texas A&M - Commerce

Scott Jones (69)

DT

6-1

285

Phoenix College

Hasani Adams (66)

DT

6-3

300

West Memphis (Arkansas) H.S.

Nathan Amico (9)

LB

6-1

225

University of Arizona

Vinny LoSauro (15)

LB

6-1

210

Ohio Wesleyan University

 

Spencer Shaver (33)

LB

6-0

210

Prior Lake (Minnesota) H.S.

Andrew Onyepunuka (41)

LB

6-1

210

Brophy Prep (Phoenix) H.S.

Stone Snyder (17)

LB

6-3

225

Monacan (Virginia) H.S.

Alex Austin (21)

CB

6-1

175

Long Beach Poly (California) H.S.

Matthew Horne (11)

CB

6-2

190

Elk Grove (California) H.S.

Shyheim Battle (1)

CB

6-2

185

Rocky Mount (North Carolina) H.S.

Dorian Davis (28)

CB

6-0

185

Shelby (North Carolina) H.S.

Cameron Browning (32)

CB

5-10

180

Butler (Indiana) University

Darius Waddell (10)

S

6-1

175

Eastern Illinois University

Isaac Gilliam (18)

S

6-1

200

Phoenix College

 

Grant Becker (43)

K/P

5-11

175

Oklahoma State University

* Graduated from high school in 2018

** Committed to play at Kansas State in 2019

*** Committed to play at Oklahoma in 2019

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