USA Football announces 44-man roster for IFAF U-19 World Championships in Harbin, China

Today, USA Football released it’s roster of forty-four (44) U.S. high school-aged football players that have been selected to play on the 2016 U.S. Under-19 National Team. The team will compete in the 2016 International Federation of American Football(IFAF) Under-19 World Championship, a seven-nation tournament held June 30-July 11 in Harbin, China.

USA Football, a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, manages U.S. national teams for international competitions. Approximately 70 countries across five continental federations possess a national federation dedicated to the sport.

The U.S. Under-19 National Team includes athletes representing 20 states and will compete in a field against national teams from Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Japan and Mexico. The U.S. team took home the gold medal in the 2014 IFAF Under-19 World Championship in Kuwait City, Kuwait, defeating Team Canada 40-17 in the championship’s final game. The United States has won two of the three IFAF Under-19 World Championships to date, losing the Gold Medal Game to Canada in 2012.

The U.S. team is led by Dennis Thomas of Millville (N.J) High School. Thomas led his Millville Thunderbolts to a 6-4 record in his first season at the school last year. He arrived at Millville following a successful tenure at Salem (N.J.) High School where he directed the Rams to the state playoffs twice, including a state championship game berth.

U.S. players and coaches will take part in a training camp from June 18-24 at Kean University in Union, N.J. The team departs for Harbin, China, for its first of four IFAF Under-19 World Championship games on June 30 against Austria.  The Americans’ following three games will be played on July 3, July 7 and either July 10 or 11 with opponents and kickoff times determined by game results of the championship’s double-elimination play.

The world championship, held every two years, will culminate in a gold medal game on July 11.

An exemption granted by the NCAA allows high school seniors to play for the U.S. National Team and not have their participation count as one of two permitted all-star game appearances.

2016 U.S. Under-19 National Team roster:

Name Pos Ht Wt School (State) Hometown
Will Bates OL 6-0 280 Locust Grove H.S. Locust Grove, Okla.
Dallas Blaylock Jr. DB 5-9 155 Sharpstown H.S. Houston, Texas
Jameer Bryson WR 6-2 200 West Catholic H.S. Philadelphia, Pa.
Tre Bugg DB 5-11 175 Gilbert H.S. Gilbert, Ariz.
Kyree Calli WR 6-3 190 Lackawanna College Scranton, Pa.
Ty Clary OL 6-4 270 Fayetteville H.S. Fayetteville, Ark.
Ryan Coleman DL 6-2 235 Fairfield H.S. Wortham, Texas
DeJuan Cooper LB 6-2 190 Northwest H.S. Germantown, Md.
Austen Cummings OL 6-5 265 Greenwood H.S. Indianapolis, Ind.
Ja’Saan Cunningham WR 6-0 165 Glasgow H.S. Newark, Del.
Daniel DePrato WR 6-4 220 Cypress Woods H.S. Cypress, Texas
Zack Douglas LB 5-11 216 Millville H.S. Millville, N.J.
Yondel Dudley DL 6-3 268 Wissahickton H.S. Ambler, Pa.
Ezekiel Ennis DB 5-8 162 St. Augustine Prep Richland, N.J.
Jon Fagg K/P 5-11 160 Fayetteville H.S. Fayetteville, Ark.
Frankie Feaster DL 6-2 230 Bergen Catholic H.S. Oradell, N.J.
Forrest Gardner OL 6-0 265 Point Pleasant Beach H.S. Point Pleasant Beach, N.J.
Daniel Gibson DL 6-3 270 Bethany College (W.Va.) Pittsburgh, Pa.
Kendrick Green OL 6-3 270 Peoria H.S. Peoria, Ill.
Alphaeus Hanson RB 5-7 185 Delaware Military Acad. Newark, Del.
Tristan Hawn OL 6-4 260 Augusta Christian H.S. Martinez, Ga.
Ralph Haynes RB 5-11 240 St. Thomas Aquinas H.S. Hammond, La.
Steven Haynes DL 6-1 280 Millville H.S. Millville, N.J.
Shimon Hoffman LB 5-11 220 Spanish River H.S. Boca Raton, Fla.
Jon Jacobs OL 6-4 300 The Taft School (Conn.) H.S. Gainesville, Va.
Nicholas John LB 5-11 210 Columbus H.S. Miami, Fla.
Jermarius Jordan DB 5-10 188 Bessemer City H.S. Bessemer City, Ala.
Sage Lee DB 5-10 170 Venice H.S. Venice, Fla.
Eddie Lewis WR 6-2 170 Mater Dei (N.J.) H.S. New York, N.Y.
Rashon Lusane DB 6-0 195 Malvern Prep H.S. Norristown, Pa.
Fabien Maragh DL 6-3 315 Metuchen H.S. Metuchen, N.J.
Michael (Mac) McCaskill LB 6-1 230 Cedar Park H.S. Cedar Park, Texas
Dylan McDonald LB 6-0 210 Parsippany Hills, N.J. Parsippany, N.J.
Ian Murray TE 6-6 205 Malvern Prep H.S. Malvern, Pa.
Adam Mydland DL 6-3 248 College of the Siskiyous (Calif.) Bellingham, Wash.
Ikechukwu Ogwuegbu RB 5-9 195 Northwestern (Md.) H.S. Hyattsville, Md.
Ndem Okoro WR 6-2 175 Livermore Valley Charter Prep Livermore, Calif.
Wayne Overman QB 6-0 215 St. Martin H.S. Biloxi, Miss.
Jimmy Pallotto OL 6-1 265 Cherry Creek H.S. Englewood, Colo.
Matthew Steele OL 6-5 275 Doherty H.S. Colorado Springs, Colo.
Jamal Stewart LB 6-1 230 Central Gwinnett (Ga.) H.S. Auburn, Ga.
Lindell Stone QB 6-2 200 Woodberry Forest (Va.) H.S. Dallas, Texas
Cameron Vail DB 6-0 175 Bryant (Ark.) H.S. Benton, Ariz.
Paul Watson QB 6-2 181 Langham Creek H.S.