Category: Pro Football Hall of Fame World Bowl Presented by Xenith

Elite HS football players to get taste of Mexico at Hall of Fame World Bowl

The roster of 67 high school football players who will travel to Mexico City to play in the inaugural Pro Football Hall of Fame World Bowl Presented by Xenith was announced Wednesday.
With stars from the United States including Chosen 25 No. 1 player Kayvon Thibodeaux and Taulia Tagovailoa as well as international athletes from Mexico, Canada, the Netherlands and France, the bowl hopes to create a large-scale, global event.
“The goal of the game is to really build the world’s biggest all-star game ever,” said Rich McGuinness in a teleconference call.
McGuinness, who serves as Legacy Global Sports football and basketball division general manager, helped organize the bowl.
Pro Football Hall of Fame member Rod Woodson, who is one of the coaches for the game, has played in cities including Tokyo, Barcelona and Mexico City.
“If you play a sport your whole life, you’re going to follow that sport,” Woodson said in the teleconference call. “Our main goal is to not just get American kids, because they have the resources here in America, but to get the international kids the same resources and the same hope.”

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Mexico City, where a smattering of American football has been played for more than 50 years, seemed like a logical location for the game. Not only will it appeal to fans who may have never attended an elite football game, but it will present a new culture to the athletes.
“A lot of kids maybe have never been on a plane, maybe never been out of the country. But they get to go to another country and see what it’s like before they go to college,” Woodson said.
“I think it’s going to be an awesome opportunity to see another culture, see what it’s like through their eyes, through their culture, not through what the Americans say they are.”
In addition to the game, the players will tour downtown Mexico City and learn about the present-day Aztec and Mayan cultures.
Long-snapper Sean Wracher of St. Ignatius (Cleveland) is excited for the opportunity to play in Mexico.
“I’ll definitely be able to see how an American sport can affect people in other countries,” he said. “It’s not just America that has love for football … the amount of youth players in Mexico City, it’s kind of crazy to see how football has taken off all over the world.”
Jowon Briggs, a four-star DT from Walnut Hills (Cincinnati) added that being part of the inaugural event made it all the more special. He and Wracher, both of whom live in Ohio, were present at the announcement ceremony that took place at the Hall of Fame in Canton.
“Since it was a new (game), I’m not gonna lie, I checked every base, made sure it was actually a thing,” Briggs said. “When I actually found out the importance of the event and the level that it’s on, I was honored, almost, to play.”

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In addition to giving the athletes a chance to play outside the U.S., the game will give the international community a closer look at the sport.
“We’ve never taken the best U.S. or American players over the border,” McGuinness said. “As the NFL has done it so well, as Rod and his colleagues back in his playing days started the trend, we believe that’s a great way to promote the game, and you couldn’t pick a better city than Mexico City.”
The bowl will take place at Azul Stadium in Mexico City on Dec. 22 and air on CBS Sports Network on Dec. 27 at 7 p.m. ET.
Here is the full roster:

STATE
FIRST
LAST
POSITION
HOMETOWN
HT
WT
VERBAL COMMITMENT

CA
Chris
Adimora
S
Lakewood, CA
6’2
195
Texas

CA
Cade
Albright
LB
San Juan Capistrano, CA
6’5
210
Undecided

CA
Cole
Aubrey
DE
Bellflower, CA
6’3
225
Undecided

CA
Jacob
Bandes
DL
Antioch, CA
6’3
306
Washington

VA
Hakeem
Beamon
DL
Midlothian, VA
6’3.5
254
Penn State

IL
Jahleel
Billingsley
TE
Chicago, IL
6’4
215
Alabama

OH
Jowon
Briggs
DT
Cincinnati, OH
6’2
295
Virginia

TX
Kam
Brown
WR/DB
Colleyville, TX
6’0
170
Texas A&M

MEX
Alan
Carrasco
OL
Mexico/UAQ Gatos
6’4
290
UDLAP

CA
Zach
Charbonnet
RB
Westlake Village, CA
6’2
220
Undecided

HI
Duke
Clemens
OL
Honolulu, HI
6’3
270
UCLA

LA
Bryton
Constantin
LB
Baton Rouge, LA
6’3
207
Clemson

MEX
Daniel
Cuellar
DE
Guadalajara, MX
6’3
198
TEC GDL

MS
Brandon
Cunningham
OL
Ocean Springs, MS
6’5
300
Mississippi State

FL
Rian
Davis
OLB
Apopka, FL
6’2
240
Georgia

FL
Joshua
Delgado
WR
Bradenton, FL
5’11
185
Oregon

CAN
Liam
Dick
OL
Burlington, ON
6’7
300
Undecided

NTH
Demierro Hesdey
Djiro Promes
S
Netherlands

 Undecided

VA
Justin
Duenkel
K
Great Falls, VA
5’11
180
 Undecided

MI
Luke
Elzinga
P
Grand Rapids, MI
6’4
197
 Undecided

CA
Kamren
Fabiculanan
S
Camarillo, CA
6’2
185
Washington

MD
Zachary
Franks
OL
Baltimore, MD
6’6
290
Northwestern

MEX
Rodrigo
Garcia
OT
Mexico
6’3
248
 Undecided

MI
Xavier
Goldsmith
CB
Detroit, MI
5’10
180
Colorado State

TX
Chase
Griffin
QB
Hutto, TX
5’10
186
UCLA

CA
Christian
Grubb
RB
Sherman Oaks, CA
5’11
175
Undecided

Mex
Alonso
Guerrero
DL
Mexico City, MX
6’3
295
CU PUMAS

FL
Deyavie
Hammond
OL
Lakeland, FL
6’3
353
Undecided

GA
Kevin
Harris
DL
Loganville, GA
6’4
220
Alabama

NY
Jared
Harrison-Hunte
DT
Middle Village, NY
6’4
286
Undecided

CA
Jason
Heller
WR
Westlake Village, CA
5’8
165
Undecided

CA
Ryan
Hilinski
QB
Newport Beach, CA
6’4
237
South Carolina

CA
George
Holani
RB
Bellflower, CA
6’0
193
Boise State

CA
Giles
Jackson
WR
Antioch, CA
5’8
175
Michigan

AL
Ja’Varrius
Johnson
WR
Trussville, AL
5’8.5
165
Auburn

OR
Michael
Johnson Jr
QB
Eugene, Oregon
6’3
195
Penn State

VA
Sheridan
Jones
DB
Norfolk, VA
6’1
175
Clemson

VA
Cam’Ron
Kelly
CB
Chesapeake, VA
6’1
190
Auburn

CA
Demario
King
WR
Los Alamitos, CA
6’3
200
Undecided

MEX
Jose
Madriz
DL
Mexico
5’11
220
Aguilas Blancas

MA
Jared
Martino
LB
Malden, MA
6’1
220
Undecided

FL
Marlin
Mayo
WR
Hollywood, FL
5’11
150
Undecided

CO
Luke
McCaffrey
QB/ATH
Denver, CO
6’2
183
Nebraska

NC
Charles
Mincy Jr
RB
Charlotte, NC
5’10
180
Undecided

WA
Dylan
Morris
QB
Puyallup, WA
6’1
195
Washington

CA
Otan
Motamedi
OC
Mission Viejo, CA
6’2
275
Undecided

NJ
RJ
Oben
DL
Jersey City, NJ
6’4
240
Duke

CA
Jonathan
Perkins
LB
San Bernardino, CA
6’0
214
Oklahoma

CA
Brandon
Petruescu
K
Los Angeles, CA
5’11
170
Undecided

CT
Taisun
Phommachanh
QB
Stratford, CT
6’3
195
Clemson

VA
William
Pritchard
OL
Midlothian, VA
6’3
290
Virginia Tech

MA
Walter
Rouse
OL
Washington, DC
6’5.5
276
Stanford

KS
Jayden
Russell
S
Overland Park, KS
6’2
180
Kansas

MEX
Mauricio
Santos
WR
Monterey, MX
6’2
190
Tec Mty

MEX
Juan
Sebastian
S
Monterey, MX
6’2
196
Tec Mty

FRN
Tyrone
Simon
DB/S
France

 Undecided

MI
Seth
Steinacker
LS
Brighton, MI
6’4
210
 Undecided

AL
Taulia
Tagovailoa
QB
Alabaster, AL
5’11
203
Alabama

WA
Ethan
Tela-Porter
DL
Graham, WA
6’2
285
Undecided

CA
Kayvon
Thibodeaux
DE
Thousand Oaks, CA
6’5
230
Undecided

HI
Maninoa
Tufono
LB
Aiea, HI
6’3
225
Undecided

CA
Dohnovan
West
OL
Mission Hills, CA
6’3
290
Arizona State

NC
Jared
Wheatley
P
Matthews, NC
6’0
180
Vanderbilt

PA
Andre
White Jr
LB
Harrisburg, PA
6’3
224
Penn State

TX
Preston
Wilson
OC
Bartonville, TX
6’4
275
Oklahoma State

DE
Saleem
Wormley
OL
Smyrna, DE
6’3
318
Penn State

OH
Sean
Wracher
LS
Akron, OH
6’3
170
Indiana

 

Fourteen HS athletes who will play in Hall of Fame World Bowl in Mexico

The rosters of the Pro Football Hall of Fame World Bowl Presented by Xenith will be announced on Wednesday morning.
Some names include Chosen 25 No. 1 star Kayvon Thibodeaux, 247 Sports’ No. 2 pro-style QB Ryan Hilinski, QB Luke McCaffrey, who led his team to an undefeated season and is the brother of NFL player Christian McCaffrey, and four-star Jacob Bandes, the No. 8 DT in the country.
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Fourteen of the players that USA TODAY High School Sports has learned will take part in the game are:

DE Jacob Bandes (Antioch HS, Calif.)
TE Jahleel Billingsley (Phillips Academy, Chicago)
DT Jowon Briggs (Walnut Hills HS, Cincinnati)
WR Kam Brown (Colleyville Heritage, Texas)
OLB Bryton Constantin (University Lab, Baton Rouge, La.)
QB Ryan Hilinski (Orange Lutheran, Orange, Calif.)
DB Sheridan Jones (Maury, Norfolk, Va.)
QB Luke McCaffrey (Valor Christian, Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
QB Dylan Morris (Graham-Kapowsin HS, Graham, Wash.)
OT Pierce Quick (Hewitt-Trussville, Ala.)
WDE Kayvon Thibodeaux (Oaks Christian, Westlake Village, Calif.)
OG Saleem Wormley (Smyrna HS, Del.)
LS Sean Wracher (St. Ignatius, Cleveland)
WR Dylan Wright (West Mesquite HS, Texas)

The game, which will take place at Azul Stadium in Mexico City, consists of 75 high school football players who will be coached by Hall of Fame member Rod Woodson and others who have long been involved in the NFL including Ray Farmer and Chuck Bresnahan.
Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz will serve as the play-by-play announcer.
The game will take place on Dec. 22 and air on CBS Sports Network on Dec. 27 at 7 p.m.

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