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Team USA Participates in World Championship in Austin

Some of the top high school prospects from around the country have descended on Austin, Texas to participate in the IFAF U-19 World Championship. SB Nation will have updates throughout the event.

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Missouri LB Eric Beisel Commits To Mizzou Over Arkansas, Illinois, Nebraska

A former Team USA member made his college decision on Thursday night.

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Texas A&M Commit Kyrion Parker: Proximity A Major Factor For Chase Abbington

Can the Aggies flip Missouri commit Chase Abbington? Best friend Kyrion Parker had the scoop on Friday at the Fox Sports Southwest 7-on-7 State Championship.

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Texas A&M Commit Kyrion Parker: Proximity A Major Factor For Chase Abbington

Back during the IFAF U-19 World Championship in Austin during the early part of July, recent (at the time) Texas A&M pledge Tavares Garner indicated to SB Nation Recruiting that he and fellow Aggie pledge Reggie Chevis were working on Missouri commit Chase Abbington, who was also on the team.

Garner and Chevis weren't the only ones -- another future Aggie and a current teammate of Garner, Alvin (TX) Manvel wide receiver Kyrion Parker, a one-time LSU commitment, was also hard at work trying to convince Abbington to switch his allegiance and wear maroon and white in college.

Days later, Abbington received an offer from coach Sumlin and the Aggies during his time in Austin, but declined to comment on it at the time in a conversation with Gigem247 ($):

I don't want to start anything, so I'm not going to comment on the Texas A&M offer or any other offer. I'm just not trying to think about that right now. The schools are going to keep coming, and at some point I'll figure it all out.

A bit of a coy response, to be sure, but part of the impetus behind all of this actually being a story is that Parker and Abbington, who is from Missouri, have been best friends for some time, since Pee Wee football, actually, when Parker lived in the Show-Me State.

Asked on Friday about the status of his friend's recruitment, Parker smiled and said that he's still working on Abbington, but revealed a crucial element about how things will play out for his friend -- he wants to stay close to home so his mother can watch him play in football in college.

The desire to stay in state may be the final deciding factor for Abbington, and it doesn't bode well for the Aggies in their efforts to flip his commitment.

For more on Mizzou football, visit Missouri blog Rock M Nation, plus SEC blog Team Speed Kills, SB Nation Kansas City and SB Nation St. Louis.

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Dajaun Drennon Talks Burgeoning Texas Recruitment

SB Nation caught up with standout Team USA defensive end Dajaun Drennon after the Americans destroyed Austria Wednesday evening.

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Team USA Obliterates Austria, 70-7, Advances To Gold Medal Game

The final three quarters of Team USA-Austria were an absolute rout in favor of the defending champs celebrating the Fourth of July.

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DE Dajaun Drennon Has Top 5, Plans To Take Official Visits

SB Nation has the latest on a three-star prospect's top five, official visit plans, and a new school that could enter his recruitment.

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Florida State Commit Jesus Wilson: Childhood Favorite Miami 'Waited Too Long'

The playmaking wide receiver may have grown up a Miami Hurricanes fan, but the 'Canes still haven't made an offer and couldn't sway the Florida State commit even if they did.

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Demarcus Ayers Torches American Samoa, Earns Team MVP Award

A lack of experience at the wide receiver position didn't stop a Washington State commit from making big plays on Saturday night.

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Team USA Survives Strong Challenge From American Samoa, Wins 27-6

AUSTIN, TX -- When Florida State commit Jesus Wilson fielded the opening kickoff for Team USA and promptly took it 73 yards for a touchdown, it looked like the Americans might run American Samoa right off the Burger Stadium field on Saturday night in the opening game for both teams in the IFAF U-19 World Championship.

Six minutes later, when quarterback Brayden Scott, a Memphis commit, took a keeper one yard, those feelings were further substantiated. However, American Samoa held tough throughout the game to keep the score a respectable 27-6 when the final buzzer sounded and Team USA walked off the field with a victory.

For the defending champion American squad, Washington State commit Demarcus Ayers was a revelation at wide receiver. A quarterback at his high school in Lancaster, Texas, Ayers set up the first offensive touchdown for Team USA with a 43-yard reception that led to the Scott sneak and converted a big-time fourth and goal early in the second quarter that stretched the lead to 20-0.

Named the Team MVP, Ayers finished with a team-leading seven catches for 177 yards, the touchdown catch, and another 25-yard reception that helped put Team USA in position to score the game's final touchdown. The final grab included a spin to elude one defender and then an open-field juke to shed another would-be tackler.

An interception by Darrius Sims helped clinch the victory, which was somewhat in doubt late in the second quarter after Samoa scored a touchdown aided by a late hit penalty on linebacker Reggie Spearman and two more Spearman personal fouls helped the following Samoan drive.

Head coach Pooh Ta'ase then reached deep into his playbook for a couple of trick plays. On the first, a running back took the toss out wide before looking downfield for a wide receiver, but the pass was broken up by safety Cameron Walker. Then, on the following play, Ta'ase dialed up an end around that had worked earlier, but with a twist -- the receiver was throwing the ball again. Again Walker was in position, this time securing the interception at the USA 15 yardline to end the scoring threat.

It wasn't the first Samoan threat that went for naught in the first half, either. Several effective passes and some tough yards gained on the ground took American Samoa inside the USA redzone on their second possession of the game, but a fumble by running back Faafouina Sitigate was recovered by Texas A&M pledge Reggie Chevis.

Overall, it was a rather sloppy game marred by 24 total penalties for almost 300 yards, including 16 flags thrown on Team USA, which cost head coach Steve Specht's group 200 penalty yards, mistakes the team can not afford to make in a potential championship meeting with Canada, which features a big, strong defense that throttled Sweden on Saturday.

And despite the early lead, the American team faced its own share of adversity. One of the two quarterbacks on the roster, Missouri commit Trent Hosick, left the team recently to return home for family reasons, leaving wide receiver Rashad Kinlaw the back-up quarterback. But Kinlaw suffered an ankle injury and left the game, making defensive back Darrius Sims the new back up.

USA Football is currently efforting to add another signal-caller to the roster, but has not released names of possible candidates. The lack of preparation time will probably relegate the new Team USA member to an emergency replacement for Scott in case of injury -- still a valuable role at this point.

Linebacker Ike McDonald also left the game with a leg injury, but was walking under his own power following the contest.

Team USA will return to the Burger Stadium field on Wednesday at 8 pm CST to take on Austria, Saturday winners against Panama.

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Team USA Opens IFAF U-19 World Championship Against American Samoa

Team USA opens first-round play in the IFAF U-19 World Championship against American Samoa Saturday at 8 p.m. CST at Burger Stadium in Austin, Texas. USA football will stream the contest live on YouTube.

The defending champs, the top-seeded American team will seek a better result in this tournament than the loss suffered at the hands of the World Team in the International Bowl back in February. In 2009, the national team kept the gold medal at home in the states by winning the tournament held in Canton, Ohio, outscoring their opponents 174-3.

Made up of top prospects from around the country, here's a look at Team USA:

U-19 World Championship 2012 - United States (via usafootballeducation)

Head coach Steve Specht believes that his team is ready to go.

"We've had a great week of preparation," said the Cincinnati St. Xavier head man. "I really think that these kids have exceeded our expectations to get ready to play this games. We're ready. We've been here a week, and now it's time to play."

Team USA will be led by captains Brayden Scott, a 2013 quarterback out of Tahlequah, Oklahoma who has committed to Memphs, and Sharpstown, Texas linebacker Reggie Chevis, a Texas A&M pledge.

As for American Samoa, the team from the small Pacific Island has had quite to journey to even reach Austin:

U-19 World Championship 2012 - American Samoa (via usafootballeducation)

To American Samoa head coach Sausee "Pooch" Ta'ase, the process has brought his team together.

"To play in this game brought all of these little high schools together on the small island of American Samoa," said coach Ta'ase. "The players have united, became a family, one brotherhood. ... to go against the United States of America, who invented the game of football."

American Samoa defeated Australia in the Oceania qualifying to reach the World Championship and has several players Team USA needs to key on to come out with a victory -- running back Faafouina Sitagata, who ran for over 100 yards against Australia, and safety Shalom Luiana, who starred on special teams against the Aussies by scoring punt and kickoff return touchdowns.

In action earlier in the day, Austria defeated Panama 40-0, while Japan bested France 27-6. Canada and Sweden will face off in the 5 pm CST match-up, which will also be available live via YouTube.

The winner of the Team USA-American Samoa contest will go head-to-head against Austria on Wednesday at 8 pm CST.

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Tavares Garner's Recruitment Reflected Short-Term Memory Of Elite DB

Some prospects delay their recruitments to wait for offers, but that wasn't the case for a recent A&M pledge.

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Lorenzo Woodley Discusses His Recruitment

The Miami native is still completely open in his recruitment and plans to take official visits in the fall.

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Texas A&M Commit Reggie Chevis: "I Want To Bring Back The Wrecking Crew"

Receiving an offer from Texas A&M was a "dream come true" and the tough linebacker has big plans for the defense when he arrives in College Station.

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Darius Mosley Commits to Illinois Fighting Illini

The Illini added a well-regarded cornerback on what was a meaningful day for him.

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