AFW ELITE ’18 Players Use International Tour & Game Experience to Prepare for College

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AFW ELITE ’18 Players Use International Experience to Prepare for College

AFW ELITE Ireland Pre-Game

As many as three dozen players from the USA-AFW ELITE ’18 teams that traveled to either Ireland or Italy to tour, bond together and defeat respective national teams of the host countries this past spring will be moving on to start their collegiate football careers in the coming month. Members of these US high school select teams were brought together by American Football Worldwide to gain the educational benefits of international travel and the unique thrill of international competition and sportsmanship.  These ambitious student-athletes utilized the opportunity to be challenged in a unique way and developed improved skills and gained knowledge that will help them move on to be better players – and successful students – at the collegiate level.

AFW ELITE Italy – Lake Como

AFW ELITE’s Ireland team explored sites in Galway including an excursion to the Cliffs of Moher, sites in Limerick with a co-practice with the University of Limerick Vikings American Football Club, and in Dublin with its numerous cultural sites.  AFW ELITE’s Italy team started in Rome and Vatican City, then proceeded into Tuscany with day stops in Siena, Florence and Cinque Terra.  Their week culminated in Milan and Como with a brief excursion to Lugano, Switzerland.  Both teams concluded their weeks of exploration, incredible growth and coming together as a team with a game of American football versus the best U19 American football players Ireland and Italy had to offer.

AFW ELITE Italy ’18 OLine Power!

American Football Worldwide was fortunate to have young men who represented the USA with tremendous honor during their respective tours.   Signifying the strength of the team American Football Worldwide assembled, at least 37 AFW ELITE players will continue to grow through the opportunities and challenges that college football has to offer. The list of USA-AFW ELITE players graduating to the collegiate level and collegiate football includes:

USA-AFW ELITE Ireland Team – Known College Commitments

First Last High School Hometown, ST COLLEGE
Ryan Baerg Gig Harbor Gig Harbor, WA Southern Nazarene Univ. (OK)
McCormac Barry Bishop Shanahan Malvern, PA St. Anselm College (NH)
Austin Behnke Roseville Roseville, MI Adrian College (MI)
Robert ‘Tre’ Blakes Second Baptist Pearland, TX Millsaps College (MS)
Wyatt Brennan Holy Cross Woodbury, CT Endicott College (MA)
Michael Cicolani Wooster Wooster, OH Ashland Universtiy (OH)
Gavin Dooley Prairie Cedar Rapids, IA Wartburg College (IA)
Chauncey Flemings III Coal Ridge Silt, CO Montana St. University (walk-on)
Spencer Kuhn Riceville Riceville, IA Gustavus Adolphus College (MN)
Zachary Ntia Wooster Wooster, OH Oberlin College (OH)
Nicolas Sabatino Willowbrook Villa Park, IL St. Olaf College (MN)
Robert Savage Handsworth North Vancouver, BC Dakota State University (SD)
Markus Sidwell Glen Burnie Glen Burnie, MD Lycoming College (PA)
Connor Simpson Westiew San Diego, CA Univ. of Kentucky (walk-on)
Trevor Thompson Lake County Christian Fort Worth, TX Southern Nazarene Univ. (OK)
Dakota Van Dyke Cosumnes Oak Elk Grove, CA Saginaw Valley State (MI)
William ‘Jared’ Vaughn Heritage Leesburg, VA Christopher Newport Univ. (VA)
Thomas Yager Maine South Park Ridge, IL Carnegie Mellon Univ. (PA)


USA-AFW ELITE Italy Team – Known College Commitments

First Last High School Hometown, ST COLLEGE
Daniel Aguilar Sante Fe Santa Fe Springs, CA Asuza Pacific Univ. (CA) (walk-on)
Keonte Burton Lansdowne Baltimore, MD Keiser University (FL)
Nick Crespo Chaminade College Prep West Hills, CA Doane College (NE)
Ryan Heath Taft Woodland Hills, CA Trinity International (IL)
Tre’vonne Hunt Vacaville Vacaville, CA Southern Oregon University
Chandler Jones Jordan Sandy, UT Missouri Valley College
John Keen Sacred Heart Griffin Springfield, IL Univ. of Wisconsin – Platteville
Dalton Moore Lewis Central Council Bluffs, IA Dordt College (NE)
Colin Mott Colonial Heights Colonial Heights, VA Drake University (IA)
Aristotle Nakos Mount Carmel Chicago, IL Butler University (IN)
Justin Ogle Taft Woodland, CA Moorpark College (CA)
Jacob Rainey Orangefield Orangefield, TX University of Tulsa (OK)
Andrew Rapps Geneseo Geneseo, IL Hope College (MI)
Cole Recker Lewis-Palmer Monument, CO Presentation College (SD)
Joe Reyes San Fernando San Bernadino. CA Moorpark College (CA)
Alfred Rodriguez Lamar Houston, TX Iowa Wesleyan University
Vance Roudebush Carmel Carmel, IN Wabash College (IN)
Mikey Scarpinato Alleman Sherrard, IL Augustana College (IL)
Dennis Wright Kennesaw Mountain Kennesaw, GA Methodist University (NC)


Best wishes for continued success to our outstanding AFW ELITE 2018 team members.

AFW ELITE OPPORTUNITIES FOR 2019 – For the spring of 2019, plans are solidifying for AFW ELITE to return to both Italy and Ireland in late March to early April.  If you or a high school student-athlete you know is interested in potentially being a part of the AFW ELITE ’19 teams and tour, please contact AFW at

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