CHARLOTTESVILLE, VARecent Virginia football signees Oday Aboushi and Corey Lillard have been selected to play for USA Football’s 2009 Junior National Team which will compete in the sport’s first junior world championship this summer.
Aboushi, a 6-5, 290-pound offensive lineman from Staten Island, N.Y, and Lillard, a 5-11, 200-pound defensive back from Remington, Va., are among 36 graduating high school seniors soon to enter 27 college football programs who will play on America’s first national team in the sport comprised of players aged 19 and under. USA Football’s Junior National Team roster will ultimately consist of 45 student-athletes.
USA Football, an independent non-profit and the sport’s national governing body on youth and amateur levels, has built America’s first Junior National Team in the sport to compete in the eight-nation, four-continent 2009 International Federation of American Football (IFAF) Junior World Championship in Canton, Ohio, from June 27-July 5. National football teams from Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand and Sweden have qualified to join the United States to pursue the sport’s first world championship on the international junior level (19 and under).
USA Football’s Junior National Team is led by Chuck Kyle, head coach of Cleveland St. Ignatius High School, who has led his Wildcats to 10 of Ohio’s past 21 state titles, including two USA Today
“Following each Olympiad, the participants often speak of what a powerful feeling it is to represent the United States,” UVa head coach Al Groh said. “Oday and Corey now have the wonderful opportunity to represent our country and our Virginia team. We are proud that they have been selected to USA Football’s Junior National Team.
“Both young men are very achievement-focused and team-oriented players who will do all they can to make our team as strong as possible.”
Aboushi starred on both the offensive and defensive lines at Xaverian High School in Brooklyn. He was listed as the No. 23 offensive tackle in the country by Rivals
and the No. 3 player in New York. He earned first-team all-league, all-Brooklyn and all-city offensive lineman honors as a senior. He made 70 tackles, including seven sacks, from his defensive line spot as well.
Lillard was a standout two-player at Liberty High School. He was ranked the No. 56 safety nationally by Rivals
and the No. 18 player in Virginia by SuperPrep
. He was a first-team all-region and all-district linebacker as a senior, as well as a second-team all-district running back who finished second on the team with 1,030 yards and 15 touchdowns.