Six More Named to 2012 U.S. U-19
Jordan Payton
Jordan Payton
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Oct 26, 2011


Four receivers and two tight ends are the latest added to the 2012 U.S. U-19 team and selected to play in the International Bowl...

Wide receivers Cory Batey of Nashville (Tenn.) Ensworth High School, Romond Deloatch of Hampton (Va.) Phoebus High School, Deontay Greenberry of Fresno (Calif.) Washington Union High School and Jordan Payton of Westlake (Calif.) Oaks Christian High School join tight ends Devin Funchess of Farmington Hills (Mich.) Harrison High School and Canon Smith of Birmingham (Ala.) Briarwood Christian High School in being selected to play for the 2012 U.S. Under-19 National Team, assembled by USA Football. The team will compete Feb. 1 – National Signing Day – in the third annual International Bowl, formerly Team USA vs. The World.

The International Bowl is sanctioned by International Federation of American Football. IFAF is composed of 62 nations spanning six continents that possess a national federation dedicated solely to American football.

The U.S. Under-19 National Team, comprised of high school athletes, will face an IFAF World Team of top players age 19-and-under from outside the United States. Both teams will field a roster of 50 players. Team USA’s players and coaches are selected by USA Football.

The 2012 International Bowl will be played at The Palace at Round Rock in Austin, Texas.

Batey had 47 catches for 687 yards in 2010, including three touchdowns. He also had 42 tackles and an interception as a defensive back during Ensworth’s 10-2 season, which ended with the Tigers winning the Tennessee Division II-AA state championship. The 6-foot, 185-pound Batey has committed to play at Vanderbilt.

Deloatch helped Phoebus to its third straight VHSL Division 5 state championship and a 15-0 record in 2010. The 6-4, 215-pound receiver caught 24 passes for 422 yards and five touchdowns. He remains undecided on a college choice.

Greenberry stars for Washington Union, where he caught 66 passes for 1,208 yards in 2010. As a defensive back, he finished the season with 28 tackles and one interception. The 6-3 receiver has verbally committed to play at Notre Dame.

Payton, a 6-2 wide receiver, set Oaks Christian records in both receiving yards and touchdowns during his 1,088-yard, 18-touchdown effort in 2010. As a sophomore, he amassed 907 yards and 10 touchdowns, missing two games. He has not yet committed to a college.

Funchess caught 34 passes for 709 yards and five touchdowns last season, helping Harrison go 14-0 and score 524 points for the season in winning the Michigan Division 2 state title. An athletic pass-catcher, he has verbally committed to play at Michigan.

A two-way player featured at tight end and defensive end, Smith had 25 catches for 246 yards and two touchdowns in 2010, leading Briarwood Christian to the Alabama Class 5A state final. An athletic 6-4, 240-pound player, he is being recruited as a defensive lineman.

USA Football will announce 2012 U.S. Under-19 National Team players in their position groups through mid-November.

Team USA is led by STEVE SPECHT, head coach of Cincinnati St. Xavier High School. Specht led St. Xavier to Ohio Division I (largest school division) state titles in 2005 and 2007. He is 77-19 (.802) since becoming the head coach at his high school alma mater following the 2003 season.

A national team exemption granted by the NCAA allows high school seniors to play for USA Football and not have their participation count as one of their two permitted all-star game appearances. The International Bowl is recognized as a national team competition.

USA Football is the sport’s national governing body in the United States and is the official youth football development partner of the NFL and NFL Players Association.

Greg Marshall of the University of Western Ontario in Canada is the IFAF World Team’s head coach. His 10-member staff consists of assistant coaches from Canada, France, Great Britain, Japan, Mexico, Spain and Sweden.

The U.S. Under-19 team defeated The World, 21-14, in February 2011 in Austin, Texas, as well as 17-0, in January 2010 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The U.S. also won the gold medal at the IFAF Under-19 World Championship in Canton, Ohio, during the summer of 2009.

U.S. Under-19 National Team roster:

 

Name

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

High School

Hometown

College verbal

Cory Batey

WR

6-0

185

Ensworth

Nashville, Tenn.

Vanderbilt

Ray Buchanan Jr.

DB

5-10

176

Peachtree Ridge

Suwanee, Ga.

Arkansas

Alex Carter

S

6-0

195

Briar Woods

Ashburn, Va.

Stanford

Timothy Cole

LB

6-2

220

Brenham

Brenham, Texas

Texas

Noor Davis

LB

6-4

225

Leesburg

Leesburg, Fla.

Stanford

Romond Deloatch

WR

6-4

215

Phoebus

Hampton, Va.

Uncommitted

Devin Funchess

TE

6-5

205

Harrison

Farmington Hills, Mich.

Michigan

Deontay Greenbery

WR

6-4

187

Washington Union

Fresno, Calif.

Notre Dame

DeVante Harris

DB

5-11

160

Horn

Mesquite, Texas

Oklahoma

Royce Jenkins-Stone

LB

6-2

215

Cass Tech

Detroit, Mich.

Michigan

Hardy Nickerson Jr.

LB

5-11

210

Bishop O’Dowd

Oakland, Calif.

California

Jordan Payton

WR

6-2

200

Oaks Christian

Westlake Village, Calif.

Uncommitted

Terry Richardson

CB

5-9

160

Cass Tech

Detroit, Mich.

Michigan

Rob Riederer

S

6-1

205

Holton

Holton, Kan.

Tulsa

James Ross

LB

6-0

209

St. Mary’s

Orchard Lake, Mich.

Michigan

Tee Shepard

CB

6-1

180

Washington Union

Fresno, Calif.

Notre Dame

Canon Smith

TE

6-4

240

Briarwood Christian

Birmingham, Ala.

Uncommitted

Chad Voytik

QB

6-1

185

Cleveland H.S.

Cleveland, Tenn.

Pittsburgh

Jameis Winston

QB

6-4

200

Hueytown H.S.

Hueytown, Ala.

Florida State

USA Football’s national team program is supported by corporate partners Marriott, Riddell, Sports Authority, Rawlings, Gatorade, Upper Deck, Shock Doctor and St. Vincent Sports Performance.

About USA Football: USA Football, the sport's national governing body in the United States, hosts more than 80 football training events annually offering education for coaches and game officials, skill development for players and resources for youth football league commissioners. The independent non-profit is the official football development partner of the NFL and its 32 teams, the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Mid-American Conference and the Patriot League. USA Football manages U.S. national teams within the sport for international competition and awards $1 million annually in equipment grants to youth and high school football programs based on merit and need. Endowed by the NFL and the NFL Players Association in 2002 through the NFL Youth Football Fund, USA Football is chaired by former NFL team executive Carl Peterson.


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