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America’s First Junior National Team in Football to Face the World’s Best in Canton, Ohio

STORM KLEIN of Newark, Ohio, and JACK MEWHORT of Sylvania, Ohio, both incoming freshman at OhioStateUniversity, have been selected to play for USA Football’s 2009 Junior National Team which will compete in the sport’s first junior world championship this summer. Klein, a 6-2, 225-pound linebacker from Licking Valley (Ohio) High School, and Mewhort, a 6-6, 285-pound center from Toledo St. John’s High School, are among 36 graduating high school seniors soon to enter 27 college football programs who will play on America’s first national team in the sport comprised of players aged 19 and under. USA Football’s Junior National Team roster will ultimately consist of 45 student-athletes.

USA Football, an independent non-profit and the sport’s national governing body on youth and amateur levels, has built America’s first Junior National Team in the sport to compete in the eight-nation, four-continent 2009 International Federation of American Football (IFAF) Junior World Championship in Canton, Ohio, from June 27-July 5. National football teams from Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand and Sweden have qualified to join the United States to pursue the sport’s first world championship on the international junior level (19 and under).

 

USA Football’s Junior National Team is led by CHUCK KYLE, head coach of Cleveland St. Ignatius High School, who has led his Wildcats to 10 of Ohio’s past 21 state titles, including two USA TODAY “national championships.”

 

“It will be an historic moment for American football as great athletes from around the world come to Canton to see who will be crowned Junior World Champion,” Ohio State University head coach JIM TRESSEL said. “It’s great that a couple of Ohio guys and Buckeyes will be able to represent their country in such a competition.  I know it will be an unforgettable experience for them.”

 

Klein was a three-time all-state performer and was named Ohio’s Gatorade Player of the Year for 2008, rushed for 1,797 yards and 24 touchdowns and recording 48 tackles and two sacks for state semifinalist LickingValley. Named a Super Prep Midwest Top 20 player, Klein advanced to state in wrestling as a sophomore and also was a baseball standout.

 

Mewhort, all-Ohio, all-Toledo City League, all-Toledo Blade and Detroit Free Press “Best of the Midwest,” excelled at center, tackle and guard for St. John.  A participant in the Under Armour All-America game, Mewhort was named on Super Prep Midwest’s Top 25 list.

 

USA Football’s 2009 Junior National Team:

 

 

Player

High School

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Hometown

College & Head Coach

Oday Aboushi

Brooklyn (N.Y.) Xaverian

OL

6-6

300

Brooklyn, N.Y.

Virginia; Al Groh

Robert Bell

East Grand Rapids

LB

6-0

222

Grand Rapids, Mich.

Toledo; Tim Beckman

Kevin Cummings

Culver City (Calif.) Crespi

WR

6-2

180

Encino, Calif.

OregonState; Mike Riley

Zach Cutkomp

West Des MoinesValley

RB

5-11

185

West Des Moines, Iowa

Northern Iowa; Mark Farley

Jamal Davis

Coral Springs (Fla.) Charter

WR

6-3

185

Coral Springs, Fla.

FloridaAtlantic; Howard Schnellenberger

Aaron Dobson

South Charleston (W.Va.)

WR

6-3

185

Dunbar, W.Va.

Marshall; Mark Snyder

Tariq Edwards

Marlboro (S.C.) County

LB

6-3

215

Cheraw, S.C.

Virginia Tech; Frank Beamer

A.J. Ferguson

South Brunswick (N.C.)

DE

6-3

250

Southport, N.C.

N.C.State; Tom O’Brien

Brian Fields

New Castle (Del.) William Penn

RB

5-9

190

New Castle, Del.

Western Michigan; Bill Cubit

Noel Grigsby

Los Angeles Crenshaw

WR

5-11

175

Los Angeles, Calif.

San JoseState; Dick Tomey

James Hall

Las Cruces (N.M.)

RB

5-8

170

Las Cruces, N.M.

New Mexico St.; DeWayne Walker

Chris Henderson

Dallas Carter

DT

6-1

280

Dallas, Texas

Texas A&M; Mike Sherman

Pat Hinkel

Cleveland St. Ignatius

S

6-1

190

Cleveland, Ohio

Miami (Ohio); Michael Haywood

Storm Klein

Licking Valley (Ohio)

LB

6-2

225

Newark, Ohio

Ohio State; Jim Tressel

Corey Lillard

Bealeton (Va.) Liberty

S

5-11

205

Remington, Va.

Virginia; Al Groh

Mike Loftus

Anaheim (Calif.) Servite

P/K

6-2

190

Anaheim, Calif.

SMU; June Jones

Erik Lora

Miami Christopher Columbus

WR

5-11

175

Miami, Fla.

Eastern Illinois; Bob Spoo

Jordan Lynch

ChicagoMount Carmel

S

6-2

205

Chicago, Ill.

Northern Illinois; Jerry Kill

J.R. McConico

Venice (Calif.)

CB

5-9

175

Los Angeles, Calif.

SMU; June Jones

Jack Mewhort

Toledo (Ohio) St. John’s

C

6-6

285

Toledo, Ohio

Ohio State; Jim Tressel

Khaled Mheisen

Detroit Central Catholic

DL

6-5

290

Detroit, Mich.

Undecided

Chris Norman

Detroit Renaissance

LB

6-2

225

Detroit, Mich.

MichiganState; Mark Dantonio

Matthew Page

East Chicago Central

OL

6-6

300

East Chicago, Ill.

BallState; Stan Parrish

Chris Payne

Columbia (S.C)

S

5-10

173

Columbia, S.C.

South Carolina; Steve Spurrier

Bryce Petty

Midlothian (Texas)

QB

6-3

220

Midlothian, Texas

Baylor; Art Briles

John Plasencia

Tampa Jesuit

TE

6-5

245

Tampa, Fla.

Northwestern; Pat Fitzgerald

Jordan Poyer

Astoria (Ore.)

CB

6-1

180

Astoria, Ore.

OregonState; Mike Riley

Tevin Reese

Temple (Texas)

WR

5-11

160

Temple, Texas

Baylor; Art Briles

Micajah Reynolds

Lansing (Mich.) Sexton

G

6-5

310

Lansing, Mich.

MichiganState; Mark Dantonio

Jordan Roussos

Carlynton (Pa.)

DE

6-4

240

Carnegie, Pa.

Bowling Green; Dave Clawson

Bryce Schwindt

Columbine (Colo.)

OL

6-3

280

Littleton, Colo.

Northern Colorado; Scott Downing

Brian Smith

Cuyahoga Falls (Ohio) Walsh Jesuit

OL

6-7

277

Medina, Ohio

Northwestern; Pat Fitzgerald

Kurt Stottlemyer

Bothell (Wash.)

S

5-10

165

Bothell, Wash.

Yale; Tom Williams

Evan Swindall

LaFayette (Ga.)

C

6-3

290

LaFayette, Ga.

Mississippi; Houston Nutt

David Wilson

Danville (Va.) George Washington

RB

5-11

192

Danville, Va.

Virginia Tech; Frank Beamer

Nick Zachery

Sheridan (Ind.)

CB

6-1

200

Sheridan, Ind.

Indiana; Bill Lynch

 

Players selected for USA Football’s Junior National Team were nominated by high school and college coaches from around the country. Roster selections are ultimately determined by USA Football’s coaching staff, which collectively possesses 33 state titles and 155 high school head coaching seasons of experience.

                                                                                                     

USA Football’s Junior National Team Coaching Staff:

 

COACH

POSITION

HIGH SCHOOL

Chuck Kyle

Head Coach

Cleveland St. Ignatius

Steve Specht

Defensive Coordinator

Cincinnati St. Xavier

Gary Swenson

Offensive Coordinator

West Des Moines (Iowa) Valley

Tom Bainter

Running Backs

Bothell (Wash.)

Marcus Boyles

Wide Receivers

WayneCounty (Miss.)

Ed Croson

Offensive Line

West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade

Jeremy Gold

Defensive Line

Ann Arbor (Mich.) Pioneer

Frank Lenti

Offensive Line

ChicagoMount Carmel

Chris Merritt

Defensive Backs

Miami Christopher Columbus

Allen Wilson

Linebackers

Dallas Carter

 

With national football federations in existence worldwide for decades, IFAF, the sport’s international federation, was created in 1998 to organize and further develop the game through global cooperation and competition. All IFAF Junior World Championship games will be played in Canton’s historic Fawcett Stadium, home of the NFL’s annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Game, adjacent to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Action kicks off on Saturday, June 27, and continues on Wednesday, July 1 and Saturday, July 4, before the Championship Game on Sunday, July 5.

 

All-day general admission IFAF Junior World Championship tickets are $10; reserved tickets to all 12 tournament games are $50 and are available at www.jwcfootball.com and via phone at 1-800-574-5874.

 

All-inclusive travel packages to Canton with tournament game tickets are available at www.usafootball.com/jwc/ticketsor by calling 1-888-310-4255 (Continental U.S. and Canada).

 

Media Credentials to cover the 2009 IFAF Junior World Championship in Canton may be requested via email at jwcmedia@usafootball.com by June 5. A limited number of Canton hotel rooms are available for media at a discounted rate.

 

For more information about USA Football’s Junior National Team and the IFAF Junior World Championship, visit usafootball.com and jwcfootball.com, respectively.

 

About USA Football

Independent non-profit USA Football, the sport’s national governing body on youth and amateur levels, manages U.S. national teams within the sport for international competitions. USA Football hosts more than 100 football training events annually and is comprised of members in all 50 states (coaches, game officials, youth league commissioners). The organization also provides more than $1 million annually in equipment grants and youth league volunteer background check subsidies. USA Football, America’s sole delegate to the International Federation of American Football, which spans 52 nations and five continents, was started by the NFL and NFLPA in 2002 through the NFL Youth Football Fund and is chaired by former U.S. Congressman and professional quarterback Jack Kemp.