Team USA Selects DLs and LBs
Reggie Chevis
Reggie Chevis

Posted May 22, 2012


Defensive linemen and linebackers announced for 2012 U.S. Under-19 National Team in football. USA Football selects America’s top high school athletes for IFAF Under-19 World Championship in Austin, Texas.

Defensive linemen Kight Dallas of Lithonia (Ga.) Arabia Mountain High School, Dajaun Drennon of Erial (N.J.) Timber Creek Regional High School, Herbert Moore of Memphis (Tenn.) East High School and Ebenezer Ogundeko of Brooklyn (N.Y.) Thomas Jefferson High School join linebackers Chase Abbington of St. Peters (Mo.) Fort Zumwalt South High School, Reggie Chevis of Houston Sharpstown High School, Sammy Douglas of Arlington (Texas) High School, Cory Jasudowich of Cheshire (Conn.) Academy, Isaac McDonald of Hialeah (Fla.) Champagnat Catholic School and Reggie Spearman of Chicago Simeon Career Academy in being selected to play on the 2012 U.S. Under-19 National Team, assembled by USA Football.

The team will compete in the 2012 IFAF Under-19 World Championship on June 30 to July 7 at Burger Stadium in Austin, Texas. The eight-nation tournament is conducted by the International Federation of American Football. Players and coaches will live at the University of Texas in Olympic Village-style accommodations. 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 compete against national teams from American Samoa, Austria, Canada, France, Japan, Panama and Sweden. The United States won the inaugural IFAF Under-19 World Championship in 2009 in Canton, Ohio, earning the No. 1 seed this summer. The Americans open against No. 8 seed American Samoa at 8 p.m. CT June 30.

Dallas is a heady pass rusher with the speed and flexibility to play defensive end or linebacker. At 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, he is verbally committed to South Carolina.

Long-armed and exceptionally quick to the ball, Drennon has received more than 20 college offers, including Alabama, Kentucky, Notre Dame and Maryland. Drennon helped Timber Creek finish 12-0 last fall as a junior, scoring on a 5-yard touchdown catch to help the Chargers win a New Jersey Group 3 championship.

A 6-1, 335-pound nose tackle, Moore is a run-stuffer inside who can occupy defenders at the point of attack.

A tough run-stopper, Ogundeko had 62 tackles and six sacks last fall as a junior. An All-Borough selection, he also had 79 tackles and 11 sacks as a sophomore in 2010.

Abbington is a versatile 6-4, 220-pound athlete who also plays running back and slot receiver at Fort Zumwalt South. In one game last September, Abbington ran for 226 yards and seven touchdowns. He has verbally committed to Missouri.

As a junior in 2011, Chevis registered 12 sacks and 102 tackles. The 6-1, 247-pound linebacker has received offers from Baylor, Boise State, LSU, Houston and Texas A&M.

Douglas was an all-district linebacker last fall as a junior, recording 148 tackles, six sacks, four forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries. Verbally committed to TCU, Douglas at 6-2, 180 is a tall, athletic player who can make plays all over the field.

Jasudowich finished with 85 tackles, six sacks, one interception and two fumble recoveries as a junior in 2011. As a sophomore, he recorded 112 tackles, five sacks and three fumble recoveries to go with four rushing touchdowns.

McDonald recorded 75 tackles (14 for loss) with five sacks and a pair of interceptions as a sophomore in 2010. The 6-5, 205-pound junior has verbally committed to Clemson.

An athletic outside linebacker at 6-2, 210 pounds, Spearman has the ability to disrupt offenses by avoiding blockers and getting to the ball-carrier.

USA Football will announce 2012 U.S. Under-19 National Team players in their position groups throughout May and June.

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 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 IFAF Under-19 World Championship 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.

U.S. Under-19 National Team roster:

Name

Ht.

Wt.

Pos.

Hometown

High school

College

Chase Abbington

6-4

210

LB

St. Peters, Mo.

Fort Zumwalt South

Missouri-*

Rodney Adams

6-1

170

WR

St. Petersburg, Fla.

Lakewood

Florida-*

Eric Beisel

6-4

235

LB

Fenton, Mo.

Rockwood Summit

Undecided

Reggie Chevis

6-2

238

LB

Houston, Texas

Sharpstown

Undecided

Kight Dallas

6-2

220

DE-LB

Lithonia, Ga.

Arabia Mountain

South Carolina-*

Samuel Douglas

6-2

180

LB

Arlington, Texas

Arlington

TCU-*

Dajuan Drennon

6-3

230

DE

Clementon, N.J.

Timber Creek

Undecided

Tarean Folston

5-9

185

WR

Rockledge, Fla.

Cocoa

Undecided

Trent Hosick

6-2

223

QB

Kansas City, Mo.

Staley

Missouri-*

Dakota Jackson

6-3

250

TE

Roanoke, Va.

Northside

Virginia Tech

Cory Jasudowich

6-2

235

LB

North Branford, Conn.

Cheshire

Undecided

Rashad Kinlaw

6-2

180

WR

Galloway, N.J.

Absegami

Notre Dame-*

Isaac McDonald

6-5

210

LB

Hialeah, Fla.

Champagnat Catholic

Clemson-*

Herbert Moore

6-1

335

DT

Memphis, Tenn.

Memphis East

Undecided

Ebenezer Ogundeko

6-4

237

DE

Brooklyn, N.Y.

Thomas Jefferson

Undecided

Brayden Scott

6-3

200

QB

Tulsa, Okla.

Tahlequah-Sequoyah

Undecided

Reggie Spearman

6-2

210

LB

Burnham, Ill.

Simeon

Undecided

Durham Smythe

6-6

230

TE

Belton, Texas

Belton

Texas-*

Jesus Wilson

5-10

170

WR

Homestead, Fla.

Christopher Columbus

Undecided

Desmond Wyatt

5-11

170

WR

Austin, Texas

Westwood

Undecided

*-Verbal commitment

Greg Powers is a National Recruiting Analyst and responsible for the Midlands region. He has covered the National Championship, Big 12 Championship, U.S. Army Bowl, Under Armour Bowl and the International Bowl. He has appeared on FOX College Sports, FOX Sports Southwest and the NFL Network.
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