Team USA Adds Six DBs
Dashon Hunt
Dashon Hunt

Posted Jun 1, 2012


Six defensive backs 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.

Defensive backs Darius Mosely of O’Fallon (Ill.) High School, Dashon Hunt of Thousand Oaks (Calif.) Westlake High School, Malik Rucker of New Hope (Minn.) Robbinsdale Cooper High School, Darrius Sims of Southaven (Miss.) Whitehaven High School, Cameron Walker of Los Angeles Loyola High School and TYLER WILLIS of Indianapolis Cathedral High School have been 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.

Mosley had 50 tackles as a junior in 2011, returning three of his four interceptions for touchdowns. At 5-foot-10, 175 pounds, he also caught 33 passes for 665 yards and seven more TDs.

Hunt is a ball hawk on defense who returned six interceptions for touchdowns during his sophomore and junior seasons combined. He picked off seven passes as a junior in 2011. He has verbally committed to play at UCLA.

Rucker had 52 tackles in just nine games as a junior in 2011. He has received more than 10 college offers, including Iowa, Iowa State, Arizona State, Boston College and Illinois.

As a junior in 2011, Sims intercepted seven passes and recorded 30 tackles while also returning punts for Whitehaven.

As a junior in 2011, Walker had 43 tackles, 2 1/2 sacks, two interceptions and seven passes defended. He also rushed for 490 yards on 87 carries (5.6 average) with seven touchdowns. As a sophomore in 2010, he recorded 69 tackles, broke up a pair of passes and forced a fumble.

Willis recorded 71 tackles (7 1/2 for a loss), forced a fumble, recovered three fumbles, broke up four passes and had three interceptions during his senior season last fall. He has signed a national letter of intent to play at the University of Indianapolis.

USA Football will continue to announce 2012 U.S. Under-19 National Team players in their position groups until the 45-player roster is finalized.

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

Darrius Mosley

5-11

175

DB

O’Fallon, Ill.

O’Fallon

Undecided

Ebenezer Ogundeko

6-4

237

DE

Brooklyn, N.Y.

Thomas Jefferson

Undecided

Dashon Panetta-Hunt

5-10

175

DB

Simi Valley, Calif.

Westlake

UCLA-*

Malik Rucker

6-0

175

DB

Minneapolis, Minn.

Robbinsdale Cooper

Undecided

Brayden Scott

6-3

200

QB

Tulsa, Okla.

Tahlequah-Sequoyah

Undecided

Darrius Sims

5-10

170

DB

Southaven, Miss.

Whitehaven

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

Cameron Walker

5-10

180

DB

Los Angeles, Calif.

Loyola

Undecided

Tyler Willis

5-11

190

DB

Indianapolis, Ind.

Cathedral

Indianapolis

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

 

U.S. Under-19 National Team coaching staff:

Name

Hometown

High school

Position

Steve Specht

Cincinnati, Ohio

St. Xavier

Head Coach

Chris Merritt

Miami, Fla.

Christopher Columbus

Offensive Coordinator

Rick Streiff

Indianapolis, Ind.

Cathedral

Defensive Coordinator

Tom Bolden

Cincinnati, Ohio

Colerain

Offensive line

Gabe Infante

Philadelphia, Pa.

St. Joseph’s

Defensive line

Ken Lucas

Annapolis, Md.

Annapolis Area Christian

Secondary

Greg McCaig

Houston, Texas

Cypress Creek

Tight ends, special teams

Cory Moore

St. Petersburg, Fla.

Lakewood

Linebackers

Charlie Ward

Houston, Texas

Westbury Christian

Wide receivers

L.D. Williams

Austin, Texas

Westwood

Offensive line

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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