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

USA Football, the sport’s national governing body on youth and amateur levels, today completed its 2009 Junior National Team roster which will compete in the sport’s first junior world championship this summer.

Forty-five (45) graduating high school seniors soon to enter one of 33 college football programs have been selected to play on America’s first national team in the sport comprised of players aged 19 and under. USA Football announced its initial 36 players on April 14 and its remaining nine roster slots were confirmed today.

USA Football, 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 large-school state titles, including two USA TODAY “national championships.”

“Much like the country we love and represent, this football team is composed of immense talent and strong character from small towns, big cities, and places in between,” said Kyle, whose team is assembled of players entering one of 13 college conferences, with the Big 10 having the most players on Team USA with nine. “This collection of young men proud Americans will become a team during our 13 days together before facing France on June 27.

“We realize coaches and players alike that we’re playing for something greater than ourselves. It is a privilege to represent the United States in this historic tournament, further propelling football’s international strength.”

All eight national teams will live and practice at Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio, throughout the tournament (June 27-July 5).

USA Football’s 2009 Junior National Team (*new player selection):

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
Prestin Brown* Grand Prairie (Texas) DE 6-3 242 Grand Prairie, Texas Texas State; Brad Wright
Phillip Butterfield* Lake Hamilton (Ark.) QB 6-2 210 Hot Springs, Ark. Arkansas State; Steve Roberts
Kevin Cummings Encino (Calif.) Crespi WR 6-2 180 Culver City, Calif. Oregon State; Mike Riley
Zach Cutkomp West Des Moines Valley 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. Florida Atlantic; Howard Schnellenberger
Tyler Dippel* Hartford-Union (Wis.) FB 6-4 250 Slinger, Wis. Wisconsin; Bret Bielema
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 Jose State; 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
David Herman* Cincinnati St. Xavier LB 6-3 230 Cincinnati, Ohio Holy Cross; Tom Gilmore
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 Villa Park, Calif. SMU; June Jones
Erik Lora Miami Christopher Columbus WR 5-11 175 Miami, Fla. Eastern Illinois; Bob Spoo
Jordan Lynch Chicago Mount Carmel S 6-2 205 Chicago, Ill. Northern Illinois; Jerry Kill
J.R. McConico Los Angeles (Calif.) Venice 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 Catholic Central DL 6-5 290 Canton, Mich. Undecided
Chris Norman Detroit Renaissance LB 6-2 225 Detroit, Mich. Michigan State; Mark Dantonio
Matthew Page East Chicago (Ind.) Central OL 6-6 300 East Chicago, Ind. Ball State; 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. Oregon State; Mike Riley
Aaron Price* Bloomington (Ind.) South OL 6-4 285 Bloomington, Ind. Indiana; Bill Lynch
Tevin Reese Temple (Texas) WR 5-11 160 Temple, Texas Baylor; Art Briles
Micajah Reynolds Lansing (Mich.) Sexton G 6-5 310 Lansing, Mich. Michigan State; Mark Dantonio
Jordon 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
Brandon Sharpe* Ocean Lakes (Va.) DE 6-2 220 Virginia Beach, Va. Syracuse; Doug Marrone
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
Phillip Thomas* Miami (Fla.) Edison Senior CB 6-0 185 Miami, Fla. Syracuse; Doug Marrone
Shamarko Thomas* Ocean Lakes (Va.) CB 5-10 198 Virginia Beach, Va. Syracuse; Doug Marrone
David Wilson Danville (Va.) George Washington RB 5-11 192 Danville, Va. Virginia Tech; Frank Beamer
Brian Winters* Hudson (Ohio) OL 6-5 310 Hudson, Ohio Kent State; Doug Martin
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:

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 Wayne County (Miss.)
Ed Croson Offensive Line West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade
Jeremy Gold Defensive Line Ann Arbor (Mich.) Pioneer
Frank Lenti Offensive Line Chicago Mount 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.