April 14, 2009
Tariq Edwards and David Wilson named to USA Football's Junior National Team

Virginia Tech football signees Tariq Edwards (Cheraw, S.C.) and David Wilson (Danville, Va.) 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. Edwards, a 6-3, 215-pound linebacker from Marlboro (S.C.) High School, and Wilson, a 5-11, 192-pound running back from Danville (Va.) George Washington High School, 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 “national championships.”

“Tariq is a versatile athlete who can play a lot of positions, and I think it is good in this type of tournament to have a guy who can do different things,” Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer said. “David has a great combination of athletic ability and character. He is a great person whose national accomplishments on the football field speak for themselves.

“I know that both Tariq and David are very excited about being a part of USA Football’s Junior National Team, representing the United States. Both will be outstanding representatives of our country and our university.”

Ranked the No. 23 strong-side linebacker prospect nationally by Scout.com, Edwards chalked up 102 tackles and blocked two kicks as a senior. Wilson rushed for 2,291 yards and 35 touchdowns – both school records – his senior season, including two games where he ran for more than 300 yards. Wilson also was named the 2008 Gatorade Player of the Year in Virginia and listed as the No. 4-ranked running back in the country by Rivals.com.

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