Miami Columbus receiver Tacoi Sumler (Oregon) and Dillard safety Wayne Lyons have been honored with a place on the 2011 U.S. Under-19 National Team, which will compete Feb. 2 in Austin, Texas, against a team composed of 45 of the best players age 19 and under from outside of the United States spanning four continents in the second Team USA vs. The World game.
In addition to the pair of South Florida standouts, Columbus head coach Chris Merritt will serve as the Defensive Coordinator as Forty-five American high school seniors and 13 high school football coaches from across the country will represent the U.S. in the game to be held on National Signing Day. Team USA's roster presently stands at 42 athletes with the remaining three roster spots to be announced soon.
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. Team USA vs. The World is recognized as a national team competition.
Team USA vs. The World is sanctioned by the International Federation of American Football (IFAF), the Paris-based federation composed of 59 countries that possess a national federation dedicated solely to American football.
USA Football is the sport's national governing body and the official football development partner of the NFL and NFL Players Association.
USA Football's 2011 Under-19 team is led by Darren Allman, head coach of Austin (Texas) Westlake High School. Allman led Westlake to the Texas Class 5-A (largest school division) state final in 2009. He is 57-19 (.750) overall in six seasons as a head coach.
"This roster holds tremendously talented players, but its blueprint is centered on the assemblage of a true team, a national team," Allman said. "Representing the United States in our country's favorite sport is a high honor - our coaches and players understand this. We'll be prepared to face a strong opponent on Feb. 2 and to celebrate football on an international scale."
GREG MARSHALL of Canada is the World team's head coach. His 12-member staff consists of assistant coaches from Australia, Austria, Canada, Finland, France, Japan, Mexico and Sweden and will announce the World Team roster in the New Year.
The U.S. Under-19 team defeated The World, 17-0, in January 2010 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The U.S. also won the gold medal at the IFAF Junior World Championship in Canton, Ohio, during the summer of 2009.
Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. CT at Austin Westlake Stadium. Tickets are $8 and available at www.usafootball.com/app/webroot/teamusa. More details regarding the game's television partner and the teams' practice schedules will be announced in the weeks ahead.
U.S. Under-19 National Team roster:
1. Jabriel Washington, CB, 5-11, 165, Trinity Christian, Jackson, Tenn. (Alabama)
2. Ty Montgomery, WR, 6-0, 202, St. Mark's, Dallas, Texas (Stanford)
3. George Atkinson, WR, 6-1, 194, Granada-Livermore, Livermore, Calif. (Notre Dame)
4. Aaron Green, RB, 5-11, 191, James Madison, San Antonio, Texas (Nebraska)
5. Anthony Sarao, LB, 6-1, 215, Holy Spirit, Absecon, N.J. (Stanford)
6. Avery Walls, S, 5-11, 185, Eagle's Landing Christian, McDonough, Ga. (California)
7. Stephon Tuitt, DE, 6-5, 260, Monroe Area, Monroe, Ga. (Notre Dame)
8. Hakeem Flowers, WR, 6-2, 173, Wade Hampton, Taylors, S.C. (Uncommitted)
9. Tacoi Sumler, WR, 5-8, 170, Christopher Columbus, Miami, Fla. (Oregon)
10. Kevin Hogan, QB, 6-5, 195 Gonzaga, Washington, D.C. (Stanford)
11. Cortez Davis, S, 6-3, 200, Mainland, Daytona Beach, Fla. (Clemson)
12. Cody Keith, QB, 6-5, 195, Cheshire, Cheshire, Conn. (East Carolina)
13. Shannon Brown, LB, 6-2, 225, Cook, Adel, Ga. (Alabama)
15. Kiehl Frazier, QB, 6-3, 212, Shiloh Christian, Springdale, Ark. (Auburn)
17. Trey Metoyer, WR, 6-2, 198, Whitehouse, Whitehouse, Tex. (Oklahoma)
20. Josh Turner, CB, 6-1, 175, Millwood, Oklahoma City, Okla. (Texas)
21. Brent Calloway, LB, 6-1, 220, Russellville, Russellville, Ala. (Alabama)
22. Ronald Tanner, S, 6-1, 190, Eastmoor, Columbus, Ohio (Ohio State)
24. Wayne Lyons, DB, 6-0, 185, Dillard, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Uncommitted)
28. Savon Huggins, RB, 6-0, 190, St. Peter's, Jersey City, N.J. (Uncommitted)
32. Joe Bergeron, RB, 6-1, 215, North Mesquite, Mesquite, Texas (Texas)
34. Kenny Williams, RB, 5-10, 206, Hendrickson, Pfluggerville, Texas (Texas Tech)
36. Devon Cajuste, WR, 6-4, 225, Holy Cross, Flushing, N.Y. (Stanford)
40. Kevin McReynolds, DT, 6-2, 281, St. John's, Washington, D.C. (Uncommitted)
41. Jesse Hayes, DE, 6-4, 230, Archbishop Moeller, Cincinnati, Ohio (Wisconsin)
43. Josh Atkinson, CB, 6-0, 185, Granada-Livermore, Livermore, Calif. (Notre Dame)
45. Nick Lifka, LB, 6-2, 240, Naperville North, Naperville, Ill. (Boston College)
55. Todd Peat, OG, 6-3, 300, Corona Del Sol, Tempe, Ariz. (Uncommitted)
63. Michael Bennett, OL-DL, 6-3, 275, Centerville, Centerville, Ohio (Ohio State)
65. Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, 6-6, 322, DeMatha Catholic, Beltsville, Md. (Uncommitted)
70. La'el Collins, OT, 6-5, 285, Redemptorist, Baton Rouge, La. (LSU)
72. Tony Morales, OL, 6-4, 300, Sam Houston, Arlington, Texas (Texas Tech)
73. Kiaro Holts, OT, 6-5, 270, Warren Central, Indianapolis, Ind. (North Carolina)
74. Antonio Richardson, OL, 6-6, 310, Pearl-Cohn, Nashville, Tenn. (Uncommitted)
75. Matt Hegarty, OL, 6-5, 265, Aztec, Aztec, N.M. (Notre Dame)
80. Jarvis Landry, WR, 5-11, 178, Lutcher, Lutcher, La. (LSU)
88. Jack Konopka, TE, 6-5, 262, Fremd, Palestine, Ill. (Northwestern)
89. Will Monday, K-P, 6-3, 180, Flowery Branch, Flowery Branch, Ga. (Duke)
90. Taniela Topou, DE, 6-2, 260, Archbishop Murphy, Mill Creek, Wash. (Washington)
92. Kris Harley, DT, 6-2, 265, Warren Central, Indianapolis, Ind. (Virginia Tech)
95. Viliami Moala, DT, 6-2, 326, Grant, Sacramento, Calif. (Uncommitted)
98. Tim Jernigan, DT, 6-2, 275, Columbia, Lake City, Fla. (Uncommitted)
U.S. Under-19 National Team coaching staff:
Darren Allman, Head coach, Austin (Texas) Westlake
Chris Merritt, Defensive coordinator, Miami Christopher Columbus
Brandon Faircloth, Offensive coordinator, Port Neches-Groves (Texas)
Kevin Carty, Offensive assistant, Bound Brook (N.J.)
Glen Jones, Offensive assistant, Brady (Texas)
Scotty Pugh, Offensive assistant, Granbury (Texas)
Mike Muschamp, Offensive assistant, Atlanta Lovett
Jeff Rhoads, Offensive assistant, Austin (Texas) Westlake
Ted Willmann, Offensive assistant, Austin (Texas) Westlake
Aaron Brady, Defensive assistant, Washington (D.C.) Gonzaga
Danny Servance, Defensive assistant, Lubbock (Texas) Estacado
Dave Peck, Defensive assistant, Bingham (Utah)
Matt Anastasio, Defensive assistant, Austin (Texas) Westlake
The International Federation of American Football (IFAF) unites 59 countries on five continents through a burgeoning international sport. With national football federations in existence for more than 75 years, IFAF was created in 1998 to organize and further develop the game through international cooperation and global competition. The IFAF office is located near Paris, France.
About USA Football
USA Football, the sport's national governing body, inspires participation, and ensures a positive experience for all youth, high school, and other amateur players.The independent non-profit hosts more than 80 football training events annually for coaches, players and youth football league commissioners. USA Football is the official youth football development partner of the NFL, its 32 teams and the NFL Players Association and manages U.S. national teams for international competition. Endowed by the NFL and NFLPA in 2002 through the NFL Youth Football Fund, USA Football distributes $1 million annually in equipment grants and offers youth league volunteer background check subsidies. Former NFL team executive Carl Peterson is USA Football's chairman.