WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross incoming freshman defensive lineman David Herman (Cincinnati, Ohio) has been selected to play for the 2009 United States Football Junior National Team, which will compete in the sport's first junior world championship this summer. Herman is one of 45 graduating high school seniors who will play on America's first junior national team in football.
Team USA will 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 (for players 19 and under).
"David is a talented player coming out of a top notch high school program," said Holy Cross head coach Tom Gilmore. "I expect him to provide excellent leadership for the U.S. Junior National Team. It is truly an honor for Holy Cross to have David included in an important international competition."
Herman helped lead St. Xavier High School to an Ohio Division I state championship in 2007 and earned All-Greater Catholic League honors as a senior. He also won letters in wrestling and volleyball at St. Xavier.
Team USA will be 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. Joining Herman in Canton is St. Xavier High School head coach Steve Specht, who will serve as Team USA's defensive coordinator.
For complete information on the 2009 IFAF Junior World Championship, click here.
The complete roster for the 2009 U.S. Football Junior National Team follows.
2009 U.S. FOOTBALL JUNIOR NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. High School Hometown College Oday Aboushi OL 6-6 300 Brooklyn Xaverian Brooklyn, N.Y. Virginia Robert Bell LB 6-0 222 East Grand Rapids Grand Rapids, Mich. Toledo Prestin Brown DE 6-3 242 Grand Prairie Grand Prairie, Texas Texas State Phillip Butterfield QB 6-2 210 Lake Hamilton Hot Springs, Ark. Arkansas State Kevin Cummings WR 6-2 180 Encino Crespi Culver City, Calif. Oregon State Zach Cutkomp RB 5-11 185 West Des Moines Valley West Des Moines, Iowa Northern Iowa Jamal Davis WR 6-3 185 Coral Springs Charter Coral Springs, Fla. Florida Atlantic Tyler Dippel FB 6-4 250 Hartford-Union Slinger, Wis. Wisconsin Aaron Dobson WR 6-3 185 South Charleston Dunbar, W.Va. Marshall Tariq Edwards LB 6-3 215 Marlboro County Cheraw, S.C. Virginia Tech A.J. Ferguson DE 6-3 250 South Brunswick Southport, N.C. N.C. State Brian Fields RB 5-9 190 William Penn New Castle, Del. Western Michigan Noel Grigsby WR 5-11 175 Los Angeles Crenshaw Los Angeles, Calif. San Jose State James Hall RB 5-8 170 Las Cruces Las Cruces, N.M. New Mexico St. Chris Henderson DT 6-1 280 Dallas Carter Dallas, Texas Texas A&M David Herman DE 6-3 230 Cincinnati St. Xavier Cincinnati, Ohio Holy Cross Pat Hinkel S 6-1 190 Cleveland St. Ignatius Cleveland, Ohio Miami (Ohio) Storm Klein LB 6-2 225 Licking Valley Newark, Ohio Ohio State Corey Lillard S 5-11 205 Bealeton Liberty Remington, Va. Virginia Mike Loftus P/K 6-2 190 Anaheim Servite Villa Park, Calif. SMU Erik Lora WR 5-11 175 Christopher Columbus Miami, Fla. Eastern Illinois Jordan Lynch S 6-2 205 Chicago Mount Carmel Chicago, Ill. Northern Illinois J.R. McConico CB 5-9 175 Los Angeles Venice Los Angeles, Calif. SMU Jack Mewhort C 6-6 285 Toledo St. John's Toledo, Ohio Ohio State Khaled Mheisen DL 6-5 290 Detroit Catholic Central Canton, Mich. Undecided Chris Norman LB 6-2 225 Detroit Renaissance Detroit, Mich. Michigan State Matthew Page OL 6-6 300 East Chicago Central East Chicago, Ind. Ball State Chris Payne S 5-10 173 Columbia Columbia, S.C. South Carolina Bryce Petty QB 6-3 220 Midlothian Midlothian, Texas Baylor John Plasencia TE 6-5 245 Tampa Jesuit Tampa, Fla. Northwestern Jordan Poyer CB 6-1 180 Astoria Astoria, Ore. Oregon State Aaron Price OL 6-4 285 Bloomington South Bloomington, Ind. Indiana Tevin Reese WR 5-11 160 Temple Temple, Texas Baylor Micajah Reynolds G 6-5 310 Lansing Sexton Lansing, Mich. Michigan State Jordon Roussos DE 6-4 240 Carlynton Carnegie, Pa. Bowling Green Bryce Schwindt OL 6-3 280 Columbine Littleton, Colo. Northern Colorado Brandon Sharpe DE 6-2 220 Ocean Lakes Virginia Beach, Va. Syracuse Brian Smith OL 6-7 277 Walsh Jesuit Medina, Ohio Northwestern Kurt Stottlemyer S 5-10 165 Bothell Bothell, Wash. Yale Evan Swindall C 6-3 290 LaFayette LaFayette, Ga. Mississippi Phillip Thomas CB 6-0 185 Miami Edison Senior Miami, Fla. Syracuse Shamarko Thomas CB 5-10 198 Ocean Lakes Virginia Beach, Va. Syracuse David Wilson RB 5-11 192 George Washington Danville, Va. Virginia Tech Brian Winters OL 6-5 310 Hudson Hudson, Ohio Kent State Nick Zachery CB 6-1 200 Sheridan Sheridan, Ind. Indiana