Attendees announced for AIG MJAAs Central, West Evaluation Camps

LAFAYETTE, Colo. - The second of three AIG Men's Junior All-Americans Evaluation Camps begins Friday, Dec. 9, at California State University, Maritime Academy, in Vallejo, Calif.

Head Coach JD Stephenson and staff will be working with a strong contingent of northern California talent amongst more than 30 attendees at the West Evaluation Camp Dec. 9-11 before the Central Evaluation Camp sees another 48 athletes train at Grande Sports Academy in Casa Grande, Ariz., Dec. 16-18. Fifty-nine athletes were seen at the East Camp at Life University last weekend.

Combined, half of the athletes attending one of the remaining camps was born in 1997 and will be eligible for under-20 selection throughout 2017. The other half was born in 1998 or 1999, the majority of which is still eligible for the Boys High School All-Americans. Twenty-one colleges are represented, as well, including 2016 USA Rugby Men's Collegiate Division II National Championship runner-up Furman University and 2016 USA Rugby College 7s National Championship Semifinalist Arizona State University.

"There is no substitute for quality daily training environments to foster our future Eagles; however, we are finding through this process that players and talent do come in all forms and from all walks of life," Stephenson said. "It has been a great experience to see those players who have come through the High School All-Americans and Regional Cup Tournaments excel, especially when we are able to use the June RCT window as a benchmark to track their progression."

As more and more talented athletes graduate from the MJAA program to garner future honors with the AIG Men's Collegiate All-Americans and senior Eagles, it is exceedingly important the training environment of each is replicable. While the Camps this month bear the MJAA moniker with a focus on identifying athletes for under-20 competitions in 2017, the results from the assemblies will be shared across the High Performance Pathway.

"The three Camps are completely standardized to allow for transparence across the board for the external coaches (MCAA, Eagles) to be able to analyze and compare," Stephenson said. "We have been fortunate enough to have great input from the Eagles coaching staff in terms of content, session plans, and tactical periodization of the weekend. The terminology, look, and feel of these Camps are for our young players to emulate the Eagles and to facilitate an easier transition upward."

Former Eagles Shawn Pittman, forwards coach of the MJAAs, and Rob Randell, Eagle No. 228, will work with the young athletes, as well. Metrics from the Camps will be shared with coaches across the country, many of whom assisted national team staff with athlete recommendations and offered their own services to the pathway.

"We were very fortunate to have engaged with local RCT and representative coaches during this process who were open and willing to adapt to difference processes, structures, and philosophies," Stephenson said. "Having a geographic player representation at our East Camp of 23 different states, coupled with five different RCT head coaches also in attendance, has placed a greater emphasis on keeping our coaches as engaged in our program as the players."

The under-20 program is building towards qualification for the 2017 World Rugby U20 Trophy, to be held in Uruguay at the end of August. Three Camps in the winter give the MJAA staff the opportunity to see more young athletes than in previous cycles, and a June date for the qualifying series with Canada should allow for a better percentage of athletes to be available for selection.

Developmental Camps will be held in January and February of the new year ahead of the U20 Trophy Qualifiers in British Columbia.

AIG Men's Junior All-Americans | West Evaluation Camp
Jack Fouts - Lamorinda Rugby Football Club
Maanaima Fualaau - Life Chiropractic College West
Alexis Glover - Santa Barbara City College
Carlos Gomez - Danville Oaks High School
Matt Hauptman - University of Nevada, Reno
Malik Hess - Peninsula Green High School
Allan Hogue - Peninsula Green High School
Jack Iscaro - University of California, Berkeley
Grayson Jones - University of Colorado
Rahshan Jones - Santa Barbara City College
Jacob Jorstad - San Diego State University
Logan Lambrechtsen
Amanaki Latu - Metropolis Rugby
Tavite Lopeti - Life Chiropractic College West
Leilua Alexander Lualemaga - California State University, Maritime Academy
Tevita Mailau
William Mailau - Peninsula Green High School
Deven Marshall - Central Washington University
Kooper Mogan - Vacaville Rugby
Daniel Monroe - Peninsula Green High School
Michael Mounga - Peninsula Green High School
Brian Nault - Central Washington University
William Nelson - Santa Clara University
Jonas Petrakopoulos - Broad Ripple Rugby Football Club
Cutler Pons - California State University, Sacramento
Luke Raffaeli - Peninsula Green High School
Paul Saccomanno - San Francisco State University
Kevin Saunders - Danville Oaks High School
Elijah Tafao-Braganza - Danville Oaks High School
Faitala Talapusi - Peninsula Green High School
Veuki Taumoefolau - Las Vegas Irish
London Williams - Rugby Oregon-Battle Ground Boys
Robert Zarcone - Central Washington University

AIG Men's Junior All-Americans | Central Evaluation Camp
Keagan Barnes - Utah Lions Rugby Academy
Christian Bernard - University of California, Los Angeles
Zachary Biggs - University of Arizona
Steven Branham - University of Arizona
Trevor Brueningsen - University of South Florida
Lonnie Buchanon - University of Illinois
Clayton Castro - Grand Canyon University
Colby Cavanaugh - Red Mountain Youth Rugby Club
Aidan Clarke - Furman University
Brandon Cole - Old Mission Beach Athletic Club
Brendon Curle - Grand Canyon University
Caelan De Villiers
Patrick Donovan - Lindenwood University-Belleville
Bo Epperson - Palmer High School Terrors
Mahonri Falo - Utah Lions
Robert Figley - Northern Virginia Rugby
Ryan Fitzpatrick - University of Arizona
Lewis Grassie - Arizona State University
Kody Green - Glendale Raptors
Braxton Gries - Red Mountain Youth Rugby
Antonios Grigoriou - University of Arizona
Andrew Guerra - Notre Dame College
Zachary Heisterkamp - University of Arizona
John Hickman - University of Oregon
Nainoa Isaacs
Jon Jacobs - University of Arizona
Eric Jones - Illinois State University
Joseph Kamara - Palmer High School Terrors
Jarom Kay - Red Mountain Knight Rugby
Malachi Knox - Ahwatukee Rugby Club
Nikolas Koumandarakis - Furman University
Robert Lui - West Valley Warriors
Nafitalai Maafu - Tempe Old Devils
Kupa Madzima - University of Minnesota
Sione Mahina - West Valley Warriors
Angel Mendez - Regis University
Seth Mischler - Tulsa Rugby Football Club
Cristian Rodriguez - Lindenwood University
Matthew Rogers - University of Arizona
Christopher Royer - University of Illinois
Gabriel Ruiz - West Valley Warriors
Stephen Schultz - Red Mountain Knights
Lincoln Sii - Grand Canyon University
Mote Siufanua - Utah Lions
Mashersad Soedarsono - University of North Texas
Bailey Stringer - Arizona State University
Bronson Teles - University of Arizona
Austin Willis - Furman University

AIG Men's Junior All-Americans Evaluation Camps | Coaches
JD Stephenson - MJAA Head Coach
Shawn Pittman - MJAA Forwards Coach
Justin Goonan - MJAA Head of Performance
James Walton - MJAA Video Analyst
Jimmy Harrison - MJAA Manager & Video Analyst
OJ Hawea - MJAA Team Manager
Colton Cariaga - Life University Head Coach
Rob Randell - Univesity of Utah

AIG Men's Junior All-Americans | 2016-17 Calendar

Evaluation Camps
Dec. 2-4 - Atlanta, Georgia
Dec. 9-11 - San Francisco, California
Dec. 16-18 - Phoenix, Arizona
Developmental Camps
Jan. 13-16, 2017 - Chula Vista, California
Feb. 10-12, 2017 - Austin, Texas
World Rugby U20 Trophy Qualifier
June 9-19, 2017 - Langford, British Columbia, Canada
World Rugby U20 Trophy
Aug. 25 - Sept. 11, 2017 - Montevideo, Uruguay