Clearfield’s Christian Lezzer to Play for U.S. Under-19 Team in the International Bowl on February 7

Press release by USA Football


U.S. and Canadian national teams to compete Feb. 7 in Arlington, Texas, at 2014 International Bowl

Defensive back CHARLES GRANT of Mesquite, Texas, linebacker CHRISTIAN LEZZER of Clearfield, Pa., tight end BLAKE MAHON of Coppell, Texas, and wide receiver DEIONTE THOMPSON of Orange, Texas, have been selected to play on the 2014 U.S. Under-19 National Team, assembled by USA Football. The U.S. Under-19 National Team will take on Team Canada at 7:30 p.m. CT Feb. 7 at Maverick Stadium at the University of Texas at Arlington.

The 2014 International Bowl is a collaboration of the sport’s national governing bodies in each country – USA Football and Football Canada – featuring top student-athletes in football’s greatest annual international competition.

Grant had 113 tackles last fall, including 72 solo tackles, seven deflected passes and a fumble recovery. He is verbally committed to play at Arkansas State.

Lezzer had 56 solo tackles, including 2½ sacks in 2013. As a dual-threat quarterback, he ran for 1,957 yards and threw for 646 yards and a combined 39 touchdowns. He is verbally committed to Boston College.

Mahon is a powerful run blocker who caught eight passes for 148 yards last fall, two for touchdowns. He is verbally committed to Baylor.

Thompson, a junior, made 37 catches for 692 yards and six total touchdowns in 2013. A standout two-way player, he also had five interceptions in 2013.

At the Under-19 age level, the upcoming International Bowl marks the third contest between Team USA and Team Canada. Team Canada defeated the Under-19 Americans, 23-17, on July 7, 2012, at Burger Stadium in Austin, Texas. On July 5, 2009, Team USA defeated the Canadians, 41-3, at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio. U.S. Under-19 National Team alumni includeRB TODD GURLEY (Georgia), QB KEVIN HOGAN (Stanford), QB BRYCE PETTY (Baylor), DE STEPHON TUITT (Notre Dame), RB DAVID WILSON (N.Y. Giants/Virginia Tech) andQB JAMEIS WINSTON (Florida State).

The Under-19 competition kicks off two days after National Signing Day, when Team USA and Team Canada players will sign national letters of intent during a morning breakfast event. Last year, 44 eventual college football players signed their letters of intent during International Bowl week alongside family, friends and media.

Team USA is led by BRANDON FAIRCLOTH, head coach at Port Neches-Groves High School in Port Neches, Texas. Faircloth took over the Port Neches-Groves program in 2007 and led the team to a perfect 10-0 regular season record, becoming only the third coach to achieve that mark in the school’s history. Faircloth was named his area’s Coach of the Year in 2009 by The Beaumont (Texas) Enterprise.

Faircloth served as the U.S. Under-19 National Team offensive coordinator in 2011 and 2013 as well as the head coach for the U.S. Under-18 Development Team last July in Austin. Faircloth’s staff will include current NCAA and high school coaches. As the national governing body for the sport, the NCAA allows USA Football staffs to include current NCAA coaches. Football Canada’s National Teams also will feature college-level coaches.

The NCAA recognizes USA Football’s International Bowl as a national team competition. Playing for the United States in the International Bowl is exempt from high school seniors’ two all-star game appearances.

USA Football and Football Canada are among the 64 national federations who are members of the International Federation of American Football (IFAF). IFAF’s member nations span six continental regions: Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania and South America.

U.S. Under-19 National Team roster:

No Name Pos Ht. Wt. Hometown High school College verbal
1 Jalan McClendon QB 6-4 198 Charlotte, N.C. West Mecklenburg H.S. N.C. State
2 James Mayden WR 6-2 177 Sachse, Texas Sachse H.S. Rice
3 Moral Stephens WR 6-3 205 Perry, Fla. Taylor County H.S. Florida
4 Deionte Thompson WR 6-2 175 Orange, Texas West-Orange Stark H.S. Alabama
5 Tommy Mister RB 6-0 198 Chicago, Ill. St. Rita of Cascia H.S. Indiana
6 Jake Pugh LB 6-4 236 Tallahassee, Fla. Amos P. Godby H.S. Florida State
7 Jay Hayes DL 6-4 265 Brooklyn, N.Y. Poly Prep Country Day Notre Dame
8 Trai Mosley DB 5-10 175 Pflugerville, Texas Hendrickson H.S. Nebraska
9 Nile Sykes LB 6-1 220 Lombard, Ill. Montini Catholic H.S. Notre Dame
10 Saeed Blacknall WR 6-3 205 Manalapan, N.J. Manalapan H.S. Penn State
11 Christian Lezzer LB 6-1 216 Clearfield, Pa. Clearfield H.S. Boston College
12 Tyler Wiegers QB 6-4 213 Detroit, Mich. Detroit Country Day Iowa
13 Nick Ruffin DB 6-0 172 Duluth, Ga. St. Pius X Catholic H.S. Auburn
15 Vincent Jackson LB 6-3 245 Tampa, Fla. Jesuit H.S. Undecided
16 Chris Durkin QB 6-4 234 Youngstown, Ohio Ursuline H.S. Virginia Tech
17 Alex Spence K-P 6-2 190 Florence, S.C. Florence H.S. Clemson
19 Avery Edwards TE 6-5 228 Raleigh, N.C. Ravenscroft School North Carolina
20 Tajee Fullwood DB 6-2 180 Tampa, Fla. Tampa Bay Technical South Florida
21 Justin Jackson RB 5-11 180 Carroll Stream, Ill. Glenbard North H.S. Northwestern
23 T.J. Harrell DB 6-1 210 Tampa, Fla. Tampa Catholic H.S. Michigan State
24 Jonathan Hilliman RB 6-0 210 Jersey City, N.J. St. Peter’s Prep Boston College
27 Charles Grant DB 5-11 180 Mesquite, Texas Mesquite H.S. Arkansas State
28 Charles Nelson WR 5-9 170 Ormond Beach, Fla. Seabreeze H.S. Oregon
31 Alonzo Saxton DB 5-11 175 Columbus, Ohio Bishop Hartley H.S. Duke
32 Samaje Perine RB 6-0 213 Pflugerville, Texas Hendrickson H.S. Oklahoma
34 Micah Thomas DL 6-2 250 Cedar Park, Texas Vista Ridge H.S. Navy
35 Blake Mahon TE 6-6 227 Coppell, Texas Coppell H.S. Baylor
44 Grant Watanabe LB 5-10 230 San Antonio, Texas Brennan H.S. Colorado
47 Greer Martini LB 6-3 230 Woodberry Forest, Va. Woodberry Forest School Notre Dame
52 Renell Wren DL 6-5 247 St. Louis, Mo. Lutheran North H.S. Arizona State
54 Alique Terry OL 6-1 295 Miami, Fla. Hialeah Senior H.S. Wake Forest
55 Trey Lealaimatafao DL 6-2 301 San Antonio, Texas Earl Warren H.S. Undecided
56 Enoch Smith Jr. DL 6-2 272 Plainfield, Ill. Mount Carmel H.S. Michigan State
66 Harrison Phillips DL 6-4 260 Omaha, Neb. Millard West H.S. Stanford
69 Montel McBride OL 6-4 332 Plant City, Fla. Plant City H.S. Alabama
70 Steven Moss OL 6-5 273 Fredericksburg, Va. Chancellor H.S. Virginia
71 Dalton Risner OL 6-4 285 Wiggins, Colo. Wiggins H.S. Kansas State
72 Isaiah Wynn OL 6-2 270 St. Petersburg, Fla. Lakewood H.S. Georgia
73 James Hendren OL 6-7 268 Medfield, Mass. Dexter H.S. Boston College
74 Craig Evans DL 6-2 313 Sun Prairie, Wis. Sun Prairie H.S. Wisconsin
75 Najee Toran OL 6-3 263 Galena Park, Texas North Shore H.S. UCLA
76 Brady Taylor OL 6-5 264 Columbus, Ohio Bishop Ready H.S. Ohio State
77 Brent Morrow OL 6-2 275 St. Louis, Mo. Ladue Horton Watkins H.S. NW Missouri St.
84 Ishmael Zamora WR 6-4 195 Houston, Texas Alief Elsik H.S. Baylor
90 Dylan Thompson DL 6-4 271 Lombard, Ill. Montini Catholic H.S. Ohio State
92 Lawrence Marshall DL 6-4 230 Southfield, Mich. Southfield H.S. Michigan
95 Billy Hirschfield DT 6-6 270 Hartland, Wis. Arrowhead H.S. Wisconsin
99 Jalen Jelks DL 6-5 249 Phoenix, Ariz. Desert Vista H.S. Oregon

U.S. Under-19 National Team coaching staff:

Name Position School/experience Hometown
Brandon Faircloth Head coach Port Neches-Grove H.S. Port Neches, Texas
Danny Cowgill Defensive coordinator Foley H.S. Foley, Texas
Joe Dale Cary Offensive line Port Neches-Grove H.S. Port Neches, Texas
Central McClellion Defensive backs American Heritage H.S. Delray, Fla.
Verone McKinley Running backs Prestonwood Christian Plano, Texas
Gary Salgado Defensive line Angelo State San Angelo, Texas
Noel Scarlett Defensive line Former NFL player Dallas, Texas
John Shannon Receivers Biloxi H.S. Biloxi, Miss.
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