AIG MJAAs Developmental Camp begins Friday at EATC

LAFAYETTE, Colo. - Head Coach JD Stephenson and the AIG Men's Junior All-Americans staff will work with a 50-man wider training squad at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center Jan. 13-16 during the Developmental Camp.

Sixteen members of the under-19 squad that beat its Canadian opponent in a two-match series in southern California over the holiday break will attend the Camp, which will provide Stephenson and Co. with the data necessary to select a match-day squad. The MJAAs must play Canada in order to qualify for the late-summer World Rugby U20 Trophy in Uruguay.

While the MJAAs Developmental Team featured athletes eligible for the Boys High School All-Americans, numerous players heading to Chula Vista this week were identified through the three Identification Camps held in December in Marietta, Ga, Phoenix, and Vallejo, Calif. There are players still on the MJAAs' radar that were unable to attend camp due to academic reasons or injury.

"There is a wealth of athletic talent spread across this country, and our Identification Camps allowed us to watch some athletes that had been previously unavailable to us," Stephenson said. "At this point in our calendar - seven months from the U20 Trophy - our focus is on bringing these players up to speed in terms of the national team game plan and what it takes to represent their country on the international stage."

The Camp roster includes eight MJAAs from last year's Trophy in Zimbabwe, including capped Men's Eagle Lorenzo Thomas. The experience of the returnees will also be beneficial to the coaching staff in order to create continuity from year to year.

Additionally, the Developmental Camp will coincide with the AIG Men's Collegiate All-AmericansIdentification Camp at the EATC Jan. 14-16. Following five on-field training sessions between Friday and Sunday, the coaching staff will create three squads for competition against their MCAA counterparts Monday.

The age-grade coaches will continue to scout players in competition throughout the spring ahead of a June assembly prior to the U20 Trophy Qualifier against Canada. Athletes are encouraged to gather match footage for the purpose of submitting highlights to coaches. Videos and statistics can be sent to Coach Stephenson (jstephenson@usarugby.org).

AIG Men's Junior All-Americans | Developmental Camp
David Ainuu - Liberty Patriots (WA)
Malon Al-Jiboori - Men's Eagles Sevens player pool
Steven Benson - Little Rock Stormers
Lucas Bienstock - Dartmouth College
Steven Branham - University of Arizona
Ben Broselle - Chuckanut Bay High School (WA)
Tommy Clark - American International College
Jackson Clark - Kutztown University
Kyle Crawford - Pennsylvania State University
Jordan Crofts - Pennsylvania State University
Daniel Crowley - Santa Monica Dolphins
Brendon Curle - Grand Canyon University
Maxwell Dacey - University of Mary Washington
Ruben de Haas - Little Rock Junior Stormers (AR)
Nicalus Franklyn - American International College
Joseph Freeman - Pennsylvania State University
Maanaima Fualaau - Life Chiropractic College West
Alexis Glover - Santa Barbara City College
Cale Harbour - Kansas City Blues
Zachary Heisterkamp - University of Arizona
Jon Jacobs - University of Arizona
Jacob Jorstad - San Diego State University
Martin Keuchkerian - Mystic River
Tavite Lopeti - Life Chiropractic College West
Sean Lumkong - Coastal Dragons (CA)
Nafitalai Maafu - Tempe Old Devils
Patrick Madden - San Diego Young Aztec Warriors (CA)
Deven Marshall - Central Washington University
Conor McManus - Fort Hunt Warriors (VA)
Jack Miller - University of Colorado
Noah Niumataiwalu - Saint Joseph's University
Kareem Odeh - Life University
Quinn Perry - Santa Monica Dolphins
Jonas Petrakopoulos - Royal Irish (IN)
Campbell Robinson - Arkansas State University
Cristian Rodriguez - Lindenwood University
Patrick Sheehy - Dartmouth College
Lincoln Sii - Grand Canyon University
Mark Spicer, Jr. - Spring Hill College
Veuki Taumoefolau - Las Vegas Irish (IN)
Nicholas Taylor - Lindenwood University
Bronson Teles - University of Arizona
Lorenzo Thomas - Lindenwood University
Daemon Torres - Life University
Samuel Walsh - Unattached
Chance Wenglewski - Lindenwood University
Harley Wheeler - Life University
Jaret Williamson - St. Bonaventure University
Robert Zarcone - Central Washington University

AIG Men's Junior All-Americans | Coaching Staff
JD Stephenson - Head Coach
OJ Hawea - Team Manager
Michael Engelbrecht - Defense Coach
Shawn Pittman - Forwards Coach
Justin Goonan - Head Strength & Conditioning Coach
Jimmy Harrison - Analyst
Rob Randell - Assistant Forwards Coach
Britney Schenck - Physiotherapist
Michael Elam - Assistant Manager
Colton Cariaga - Backs Coach