National recognition continues to come in for Ohio’s 2009 football class.
Four Buckeye-Staters have been selected to USA Football’s first
Junior National Team and will compete against the world’s best in
Canton in June.
National recognition continues to come in for Ohio’s 2009 football class.
Four Buckeye-Staters have been selected to USA Football’s first Junior National Team and will compete against the world’s best in Canton in June.
Newark Licking Valley RB/LB Storm Klein and Toledo St. John’s C/OL Jack
Mewhort, who both graduated high school early and are currently enrolled at Ohio
State , have been selected to play for USA Football’s 2009 Junior National Team.
Miami (Ohio) recruit Pat Hinkle of Cleveland St. Ignatius and Northwestern
signee Brian Smith from Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit have also been selected to
The four Ohio players are among 45 student-athletes that will play on
America’s first national team in the sport comprised of players aged 19 and
Klein was a three-time all-state performer and was named Ohio’s Gatorade
Player of the Year for 2008. He rushed for 1,797 yards and 24 touchdowns
recording 48 tackles and two sacks for state semifinalist Licking Valley. The Panthers were Division III state runners-up with Klein on the field as a junior.
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, and
Detroit Free Press “Best of the Midwest,” excelled at center, tackle and
guard for St. John’s. A participant in the Under Armour All-America game,
Mewhort was named on Super Prep Midwest’s Top 25 list.
Hinkel starred at running back and safety for 2008 State Champion St.
Ignatius and Smith anchored the line for regional finalist Walsh Jesuit.
Two out-of-state players on the roster that will be playing their college
ball in Ohio – both in the MAC Conference – including Robert Bell of East Grand
Rapids (Mich.) and Jordan Roussos of Carlynton (Pa.). Bell is signed with Toledo
and Roussos will suit up for Bowling Green, respectively.
USA Football’s Junior National Team is led by Cleveland St. Ignatius head
coach Chuck Kyle, who has led his Wildcats to 10 of Ohio’s past 21 state titles,
including two USA Today national championships. Assisting Kyle will be
Cincinnati St. Xavier head coach Steve Specht, who led the Bombers to state
titles in 2005 and 2007.
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.||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|
|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|
|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||Chicago Mount 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.||Michigan State; Mark Dantonio|
|Matthew Page||East Chicago Central||OL||6-6||300||East Chicago, Ill.||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|
|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|
|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
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|
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.
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