Seven More Added to 2012 U.S. U-19

Marcus Maye

Two linebackers, two safeties and three offensive lineman are the newest adds to International Bowl in February in Austin, Texas...

Linebackers Ronnie Feist and Carlos Mendoza, safeties Ronald Geohaghan and Marcus Maye and offensive linemen Brian Gaia, Joe Harris and Ian Park have been 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.

Feist registered 22 sacks as a junior at Edgard (La.) West St. John High School, leading to offers from most major colleges before he verbally committed to LSU. Feist also had 35 tackles for loss in earning all-state honors. A 6-foot-1, 225-pound defensive end in high school, he is projected as a linebacker in college.

A standout linebacker at Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian High School, Mendoza verbally committed to play at Arizona State after finishing 2010 with 63 tackles and four sacks. As a 6-0, 215-pound running back, he rushed for 519 yards and six TDs on just 71 carries (7.3 average), helping his school go undefeated in league play and reach the postseason.

Geohaghan is a hard-hitting, athletic 6-0, 185-pound safety from Allendale-Fairfax (S.C.) High School, who compiled nearly 100 tackles as a junior. Verbally committed to play at Clemson, Geohaghan has played linebacker, cornerback and both safety positions in high school but is projected as a free safety for the Tigers.

Maye is an explosive player who has battled calf and foot injuries the last two seasons. He had four interceptions as a junior despite playing in just five games for Melbourne (Fla.) Holy Trinity Episcopal High School. He has verbally committed to play at Florida.

Gaia is a two-way lineman who has the ability to play on either side of the ball in college. A big, strong run-blocker, Gaia had 13 tackles for loss and two sacks as a junior for Baltimore Gillman School. The 6-3, 290-pounder has verbally committed to play at Penn State.

An offensive guard with a strong upper body and good footwork, Harris has verbally committed to play at South Carolina. At 6-4, 290 pounds, Harris received more than 20 scholarship offers for his play at Lithonia (Ga.) High School.

Park is a 6-2, 295-pound offensive lineman from Pittsburgh Upper St. Clair High School. With good size and footwork, Park is able to get out and lead a running play or drop back in pass protection. A three-year starter, he has verbally committed to play at Northwestern and is the younger brother of Dartmouth quarterback ALEX PARK.

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 80-19 (.808) 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

Malcom Brown

DT

6-2

280

Brenham

Brenham, Texas

Texas

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

Imani Cross

RB

6-1

220

North Hall

Gainesville, Ga.

Tennessee

Ronald Darby

RB

5-11

180

Potomac

Oxon Hill, Md.

Notre Dame

Noor Davis

LB

6-4

225

Leesburg

Leesburg, Fla.

Stanford

Romond Deloatch

WR

6-4

215

Phoebus

Hampton, Va.

Uncommitted

J.J. Denman

OL

6-7

305

Pennsbury

Fairless Hills, Pa.

Wisconsin

Ronnie Feist

LB

6-1

225

West St. John

Edgard, La.

LSU

Boone Feldt

OL

6-3

285

Buda Hayes

Buda, Texas

North Texas

Devin Funchess

TE

6-5

205

Harrison

Farmington Hills, Mich.

Michigan

Brian Gaia

OL

6-3

290

Gilman School

Baltimore, Md.

Penn State

Greg Garmon

RB

6-2

195

McDowell

Erie, Pa.

Uncommitted

Ronald Geohaghan

S

6-0

185

Allendale-Fairfax

Fairfax, S.C.

Clemson

Deontay Greenberry

WR

6-4

187

Washington Union

Fresno, Calif.

Notre Dame

Paul Griggs

K-P

6-0

195

Latin

Charlotte, N.C.

Purdue

Todd Gurley

RB

6-1

195

Tarboro

Tarboro, N.C.

Uncommitted

Mark Harrell

OL

6-5

270

Charlotte Catholic

Charlotte, N.C.

Notre Dame

DeVante Harris

DB

5-11

160

Horn

Mesquite, Texas

Oklahoma

Joe Harris

OL

6-4

290

Lithonia

Lithonia, Ga.

South Carolina

Nick James

DT

6-5

335

Long Beach

Long Beach, Miss.

Mississippi State

Royce Jenkins-Stone

LB

6-2

215

Cass Tech

Detroit, Mich.

Michigan

Trey Keenan

OL

6-5

275

Argyle

Argyle, Texas

Texas Tech

Marcus Maye

S

6-1

195

Holy Trinity Episcopal

Melbourne, Fla.

Florida

Carlos Mendoza

LB

6-0

215

Oaks Christian

Westlake Village, Calif.

Arizona State

Hardy Nickerson Jr.

LB

5-11

210

Bishop O'Dowd

Oakland, Calif.

California

Ifeadi Odenigbo

DE

6-4

210

Centerville

Centerville, Ohio

Uncommitted

Moana Ofahengaue

DE

6-4

210

Westlake

Lehi, Utah

Uncommitted

Ian Park

OL

6-4

295

Upper St. Clair

Pittsburgh, Pa.

Northwestern

Jordan Payton

WR

6-2

200

Oaks Christian

Westlake Village, Calif.

Uncommitted

Se'Von Pittman

DT

6-5

245

McKinley

Canton, Ohio

Michigan State

Gimel President

DE

6-3

240

Wando

Mount Pleasant, S.C.

Auburn

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

Caleb Stacy

OL

6-4

275

Oak Hills

Cincinnati

Michigan

Spencer Stanley

OL

6-4

275

Trinity Valley

Fort Worth, Texas

Rice

Max Tuerk

OL

6-6

290

Santa Margarita Cath.

Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.

Southern Cal

Chad Voytik

QB

6-1

185

Cleveland

Cleveland, Tenn.

Pittsburgh

Jameis Winston

QB

6-4

200

Hueytown

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.

Brandon is in his seventh year with Scout.com, currently as the National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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