United States Under-19 National Team roster announced for IFAF World Championship in Mexico City

By Adam Wire

Forty-five high school and college football players spanning 19 states have been selected for the United States Under-19 National Team that will compete in the 2018 International Federation of American Football World Championship, USA Football announced last week.

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.

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.

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

POS

HT

WT

HIGH SCHOOL / COLLEGE (FALL 2018)
Alek Jacobs

QB

6-0

190

Augustana College (Illinois)
Jake O’Donnell

QB

6-4

185

James Madison University (Virginia)
Alec Meza

RB

5-10

195

Scottsdale College (Arizona)
Treshaun Ward

RB

5-9

185

Tampa Bay Tech (Florida) H.S.
Chaise Ellis

RB

5-11

210

Midwestern State University (Texas)
Casey Clanton

TE

6-4

240

Central H.S. (Phoenix)
Emerson Freeman

TE

6-2

230

Western State University (Colorado)
Ben Roots

OL

6-4

280

Desert Mountain H.S. (Scottsdale, Arizona)
Julian Bradley

OL

6-3

285

Henderson (Nevada) H.S.
Dugan Kelly

OL

6-4

300

Quincy (Illinois) University
Eli Save

OL

6-4

320

Southern Oregon University
Kobe Rios

OL

6-6

300

Rock Island (Illinois) H.S.
Donovan Robinson

OL

6-6

310

Avalon (Maryland) H.S.
Isaiah Butler

OL

6-4

310

Kennedale (Texas) H.S.
Kaiden Baxter

OL

6-2

275

Phoenix College
Ezekiel Ennis

WR

6-0

185

Sacred Heart University (Connecticut)
Caleb Easley

WR

6-0

175

San Tan Charter School (Gilbert, Arizona)*
Harrington Greer

WR

6-5

190

South Bend (Indiana) Riley H.S.*
Randy Rivera

WR

5-10

175

Eleanor Roosevelt (California) H.S.
Dax Hodges

WR

6-4

185

Mesa (Arizona) College
Ali Jennings

WR

6-3

185

Highland Springs (Virginia) H.S.
Immanuel Hickman

DE

6-3

235

Matoaca (Virginia) H.S.
De’Andre Clifton

DE

6-3

230

Avalon (Maryland) H.S.
Ben Smiley

DE

6-6

280

Indian River (Virginia) H.S.
Rick D’Abreu

DE

6-3

235

Thomas Dale (Virginia) H.S.
Cooper Beebe

DT

6-3

310

Piper (Kansas) H.S.**
Colin Christman-Gourley

DT

6-3

300

Texas A&M – Commerce
Scott Jones

DT

6-1

285

Phoenix College
Hasani Adams

DT

6-3

300

West Memphis (Arkansas) H.S.
Nathan Amico

LB

6-1

225

University of Arizona
Vinny LoSauro

LB

6-1

210

Ohio Wesleyan University
Jonathan Perkins

LB

6-2

210

Cajon (California) H.S.***
Spencer Shaver

LB

6-0

210

Prior Lake (Minnesota) H.S.
Andrew Onyepunuka

LB

6-1

210

Brophy Prep (Phoenix) H.S.
Stone Snyder

LB

6-3

225

Monacan (Virginia) H.S.
Alex Austin

CB

6-1

175

Long Beach Poly (California) H.S.
Matthew Horne

CB

6-2

190

Elk Grove (California) H.S.
Shyheim Battle

CB

6-2

185

Rocky Mount (North Carolina) H.S.
Dorian Davis

CB

6-0

185

Shelby (North Carolina) H.S.
Cameron Browning

CB

5-10

180

Butler (Indiana) University
Darius Waddell

S

6-1

175

Eastern Illinois University
Isaac Gilliam

S

6-1

200

Phoenix College
Marques White

S

6-2

205

Brophy Prep (Phoenix) H.S.
William Savala

S

6-2

185

Dallas Carter H.S.
Grant Becker

K/P

5-11

175

Oklahoma State University

 

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