Team USA: RBs and K Selected
Lorenzo Woodley
Lorenzo Woodley

Posted May 29, 2012


Running backs and a kicker have been selected for the 2012 U.S. Under-19 National Team, which will represent the United States in the upcoming International Federation of American Football (IFAF) Under-19 World Championship in Austin this summer.

Running backs Mark Dodson JR. of Memphis (Tenn.) Whitehaven High School, Connor Hundley of Cincinnati St. Xavier High School and Lorenzo Woodley of Miami Christopher Columbus High School join kicker-punter CAMERON VANWINKLE of Fall City (Wash.) Mount Si High School 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.

Dodson rushed for more than 1,600 yards last fall during his junior season at Whitehaven. In 2010, Dodson scored 22 touchdowns with more than 1,500 rushing yards.

Hundley, who has signed a national letter of intent to play at the University of Akron, rushed for 1,136 yards and 19 touchdowns in his senior season last fall, helping St. Xavier to the Ohio Division I state semifinals. The 5-10, 205-pound running back earned Division I first-team All-Ohio honors.

Woodley rushed for 727 yards on 88 carries (8.3 average) with 11 touchdowns as a junior for Christopher Columbus last fall. During his sophomore year, he ran for 540 yards on 57 carries and scored 14 total touchdowns. He has received offers from Florida State, South Florida, Rutgers, West Virginia, Purdue and Tennessee.

Vanwinkle set a Washington State record with 18 field goals for Mount Si last fall as a junior, including six from 42 yards or more.

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-*

Mark Dodson Jr.

5-10

185

RB

Memphis, Tenn.

Whitehaven

Undecided

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-*

Conor Hundley

5-9

185

RB

Cincinnati

St. Xavier

Akron

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-*

Cameron Vanwinkle

5-11

165

K-P

Fall City, Wash.

Mount Si

Undecided

Jesus Wilson

5-10

170

WR

Homestead, Fla.

Christopher Columbus

Undecided

Lorenzo Woodley    

6-0

210

RB

Miami, 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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