Two East Texas high school football players were selected to the 2013 U.S. Under-19 National Team, assembled by USA Football.

John Tyler senior receiver Fred Ross and New Boston senior running back Damien Haskins will be making the trip, along with some of the best high school players in the country, to Round Rock on Feb. 5 to participate in the fourth annual International Bowl.

New Boston RB Damien Haskins (Courtesy,

The International Bowl, played the night before National Signing Day, is an annual competition that unites nations that comprise the International Federation of American Football (IFAF). The IFAF World Team includes players age 19-and-under from outside the United States. IFAF is composed of 64 countries spanning six continents that possess a national federation dedicated solely to American football.

The 2013 International Bowl will be played at Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex. Both teams will field a roster of 45 players. Team USA’s players and coaches are selected by USA Football.

Ross (6-1, 185), committed to Oklahoma State, has had a stellar senior season with 63 catches for 1,290 yards and 18 touchdowns. Ross and the Lions continue their playoff journey Friday night against Frisco Centennial in Ennis.

Haskins (5-10, 190), an Oregon State pledge, is enjoying a record-breaking season for the unbeaten New Boston Lions (12-0). Haskins leads the area with 3,059 yards and 51 touchdowns. Haskins and New Boston face district rival Daingerfield on Friday night in Mount Pleasant.