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International Bowl gives big Texas recruits one more HS game before National Signing Day

Photo by Ron Jenkins/International Bowl.

AT&T STADIUM – The Team USA U-19 National Football team defeated the Team Canada U-19 team 33-0 Sunday afternoon in the International Bowl in Arlington.

Ohio State commit Dwayne Haskins Jr. from Gaithersburg, MD led the way for USA behind his two touchdown passes and dominant play. He earned Team USA MVP honors after the game for his efforts.

Players from Texas that saw action in the game included QB Tristen Wallace (DeSoto), CB Jared Mayden (Sachse), RB Kameron Martin (Port Arthur Memorial), CB Reid Harrison-Ducros (Colleyville Heritage), QB Nick Starkel (Liberty Christian), CB Michael Clark (Cedar Hill), RB Trevor Speights (McAllen Memorial), DE Isaiah Chambers (Humble Macarthur), DE Ken McLauin (Denton Ryan), DE Micheal Johnson (Fort Bend Hightower), LB Clifton Lewis (Hightower), OL Darta Lee (Hightower), DE Joe Wallace (Dallas Skyline), DE Demerick Gary (Kimball), OL Braxton Webb (San Angelo Central), and DE Ivory Johnson (Amarillo).

Starkel threw two touchdowns in the winning effort while Mayden returned a punt 80 yards for a touchdown before having it called back.

Many of the players considered representing the USA on the football field a very high honor.

“It’s always good to come out here and have fun and represent Team USA. It means you’re representing the 50 States of America and it doesn’t get better than that,” Wallace said postgame.

“Just being able to represent Red, White, and Blue, people die for this flag, being able to play football with it on you is a huge honor,” Starkel said postgame.

National Signing Day is just around the corner, and with big recruits waiting to sign their letters of intent, players in the International Bowl couldn’t shy away from the subject.

CB Jared Mayden has narrowed his choices down to Oklahoma and Alabama as both schools have a realistic opportunity of landing the five-star. Nick Saban paid a visit to Mayden last week in anticipation of his signing day announcement on Wednesday morning.

One would think a recruit like Mayden would be feeling the pressure at this time of the year but ask him and he’s as chill as can be.

“There’s not a lot of pressure anymore, I feel like I’m going to make the right decision. Coach Saban coming to my house, doing the wobble and stuff, I don’t feel any pressure at all.”

QB Commits Tristen Wallace (Oregon) and Nick Starkel (Texas A&M) on the other hand are just ready for the recruiting process to end on Wednesday.

“I’m feeling pretty relieved that I can sign my LOI on Wednesday, so I’m pretty happy,” Wallace said.

“I’m just ready to go in and compete for the starting job, and if I don’t win it, play my role as the backup,” Starkel explained.

Only two days remain until the biggest day of the offseason and Texas recruits are ready to take a national stage. Get all of your Signing Day coverage at TexasRedzoneReport.com and @TxRedzoneReport on Twitter.

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