Hudson senior linebacker Ben Gedeon will be named to the 2013 U.S. Under-19 national team later this afternoon, The Beacon Journal has learned.
Gedeon, who is orally committed to Michigan, is one of six linebackers to be named today by USA Football.
Linebackers Justin Bridges-Thompson of Spartanburg (S.C.) High School, Samuel Douglas of Arlington (Texas) High School, Cory Jasudowich of Cheshire (Conn.) Academy, Delando Johnson of Baltimore Calvert Hall College High School and Doug Randolph of Woodberry Forest (Va.) High School are the others.
The team will compete at 8 p.m. CT Feb. 5, the night before National Signing Day, in the fourth annual International Bowl in Austin, Texas.
The International Bowl is an annual competition that unites nations that comprise the International Federation of American Football (IFAF). The IFAF World Team includes players age 19-and-under from outside the United States. IFAF is composed of 64 countries spanning six continents that possess a national federation dedicated solely to American football.
The 2013 International Bowl will be played at Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex in Austin, Texas. Both teams will field a roster of 45 players. Team USA’s players and coaches are selected by USA Football.
At Hudson, Gedeon made 126 tackles, including 11 for loss and five sacks, as a senior. He also recovered five fumbles and had an interception as one of the area’s top player this season.
USA Football will announce 2013 U.S. Under-19 National Team players in their position groups through mid-December.
Team USA is led by Aaron Brady, head coach of Washington, D.C., Gonzaga College High School.
A national team exemption granted by the NCAA allows high school seniors to play for USA Football and not have their participation count as one of their two permitted all-star game appearances. The International Bowl is recognized as a national team competition.
USA Football is the sport’s national governing body in the United States and is the official youth football development partner of the NFL and NFL Players Association.
The U.S. Under-19 team is 7-2 in international play, including 2-1 in the International Bowl. The World Team won, 35-29, last February in Austin.