Lassiter receiver chosen to play for Team USA
by Emily Horos
December 15, 2012 01:27 AM | 2672 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Ryan Jenkins grew accustomed to representing Lassiter High School on the football field this fall, but in February the senior wide receiver will be representing the country as a member of the 2012 U.S. Under-19 national team.

Jenkins and the U.S. team will compete Feb. 5 in the fourth annual International Bowl in Austin, Texas, against the International Federation of American Football’s World Team. The U.S. team will be coached by Aaron Brady of Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C.

“It’s a huge honor to be selected along with some of the best players in the country all getting together,” said Jenkins, who has verbally committed to play at Clemson next fall. “It’s also an honor to be playing for Team USA.”

Team USA is 7-2 in international play, including 2-1 in the International Bowl. The World Team won 35-29 last year.

The rosters for Team USA were selected by USA Football from a pool of applicants that took into consideration the performance of players both on the field and in the classroom. Jenkins said he found out that he had been selected in mid-November, but the official announcement wasn’t made until this week.

Thus far, only the quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers and linebackers have been announced. The remainder of the 42-member roster will be made known this month.

The 5-foot-10, 182-pound Jenkins said he was surprised, but he feels like he deserves to be on the team.

“It’s always fun to play in those types of all-star games when the best competition gets together,” he said. “I’ve always want to do that, and I think that I’m at that level.”

In his first, and only, season at Lassiter after transferring from Milton, Jenkins finished the season with 22 receptions for 442 yards and five touchdowns.

Jenkins said he doesn’t know any of the other players that have been selected, but he’s been following tweets by USA Football and learning about his future teammates.

“Games like this are just a glimpse into the future of what it will be like playing college football,” Jenkins said. “I can’t wait to face the best competition around the country.”

Members of the 2012 roster include players that have committed to colleges such as Missouri, Texas A&M, Maryland, Texas, Michigan, Oregon State, Connecticut, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Arizona and Iowa.

Previous team members include New York Giants running back David Wilson, as well as several high-profile college players — Texas receiver Jaxon Shipley, Georgia running back Todd Gurley and Notre Dame defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt.
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