Both Lancaster defensive end Daeshon Hall and Belton tight end Durham Smythe were selected to be a part of the U.S. Under-19 National Team. Hall is listed on the Team USA roster as No. 40, while Smythe is No. 88. A national team exemption granted by the NCAA allows high school seniors to play for USA Football and not have their participation count among their two permitted all-star game appearances. The IFAF Under-19 World Championship is recognized as a national team competition.
The team is scheduled to arrive in Austin this week.
Another player with a UT connection is on the roster as well: Desmond Wyatt of Round Rock Westwood. Desmond is the son of Darrell Wyatt, Texas wide receivers coach.
Other Texans in the game include Sharpstown linebacker Reggie Chevis, Lancaster wide receiver Demarcus Ayers, Arlington linebacker Samuel Douglas and Austin Westlake linebacker Lance Duran. Wyatt and Duran were in the class of 2012. Wyatt is undecided on a college choice, while Duran is headed to Blinn Community College.
Greg McCaig of Cypress Creek will coach the tight ends and special teams, Charlie Ward of Westbury Christian will coach the wide receivers and L.D. Williams of Westwood will coach the offensive line.
The first Team USA practice is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Austin's Burger Stadium, with all practices open to the media and public. Team USA's first game is Saturday, June 30, against American Samoa at 8 p.m.
That game will be the start of a three-round, eight-team tournament. Each team is guaranteed three games. Team USA is the No. 1 seed.