AUSTIN, Texas —
When USA coaches and Under-19 players were asked all week about impressive and even surprising names, two always came up.Gilman (Baltimore)
quarterback Shane Cockerille
and Liberty (Bealeton, Va.)
defensive lineman Wyatt Teller
This duo headed a group of five USA players to sign their letters of intent into the ACC Wednesday in the nation's largest NSD ceremony at The Renaissance Hotel Austin.
The duo was a key factor in USA's 42-10 win over the World on Tuesday night. The American team had come off back-to-back losses against international teams.
Cockerille (Maryland) and Teller (Virginia Tech) were just two off 44 players who were scheduled to sign at the Signing Day breakfast which was sponsored by USA Football and the International Federation of American Football (IFAF).
Other future ACC players to sign were Tabor Academy (Marion, Mass.)
defensive lineman Tevin Montgomery
(Boston College), Gulf Breeze (Fla.)
offensive lineman Austin Droogsma
(Florida State) and St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
linebacker Lance Virgile
"Maryland is getting a steal," USA coach Aaron Brady said. "Shane is not only a great runner and leader as everyone knows, but he can make every throw."
Cockerille showed his skill and leadership Tuesday accounting for two touchdowns and throwing for a USA International Bowl record 120 yards.
Teller (6-4, 264) was a huge presence on the field and in the locker room all week and is completely committed to his Virginia Tech signing. See complete college team recruiting rankings
"It's absolutely 100 percent the right choice for me," Teller said. "It will be great to play for the two greatest minds in college football (Frank Beamer and Bud Foster). They turned around a program that was at the bottom and brought it up to Top 25 every year."
Montgomery has weaved a remarkable web
to find himself at Boston College.
"A lot of people have helped me out, made my life a lot easier than how
it may sound," Montgomery said. "I've gotten a lot of help becoming a
better football player, a better student, a better person. I'm going to
make the most of what I can with it."