GHS freshman Jonathan Halyard selected for US National Team in football

Jonathan Halyard.

Jonathan Halyard.

Jonathan Halyard, freshman running back from Grayson High School in Grayson, GA, has been selected to play on the 2016 U.S. Under-16 National Team, assembled by USA Football. The team will compete in February in the seventh annual International Bowl against Canadian national teams at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, in Arlington, Texas.

The 2016 International Bowl is a collaboration of the sport’s national governing bodies in each country – USA Football and Football Canada – featuring top student-athletes in football’s greatest annual international competition. U.S. National Team alumni include DT Malcolm Brown (Texas/New England Patriots), RB Todd Gurley (Georgia/St. Louis Rams), QB Kevin Hogan (Stanford), RB Samage Perine (Oklahoma), QB Bryce Petty (Baylor/New York Jets), QB Jameis Winston (Florida State/Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and OL Brian Winters (Kent State/New York Jets).

The United States will field teams at the Under-14, Under-15, Under-16, Under-17, Under-18 and Under-19 levels during the event. Players will practice for a week before competing in a series of jamborees and official international games. The Under-16 National Team will play Friday, February 5 with the Under-17 National Team and Under-18 Select Team – all at AT&T Stadium. Below is a complete list of the games and dates for each team.

  • Sunday, January 31
    • Under-19 U.S. Select Team, Under-19 U.S. National Team
  • Wednesday, February 3
    • Under-14 U.S. Select Team, Under-15 U.S. Select Team, Under-18 U.S. National Team
  • Friday, February 5
    • Under-16 U.S. National Team, Under-17 U.S. National Team, Under-18 U.S. Select Team

A national team exemption granted by the NCAA allows high school players to compete for USA Football and not have their participation count as an all-star game appearance. Because the International Bowl is recognized as a U.S. National Team competition, the NCAA also allows current college coaches to serve on national team staffs.  

USA Football is the sport’s national governing body in the United States. USA Football and Football Canada are among the 71 national federations who are members of the International Federation of American Football (IFAF). IFAF’s member nations span six continental regions: Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania and South America.

The U.S. National Team program can be followed on Facebook and Twitter.

About USA Football: Indianapolis-based USA Football ( is the sport’s national governing body, leading the game’s development for youth, high school and other amateur players. The independent nonprofit partners with leaders in medicine, child advocacy and sport to establish important standards rooted in education. USA Football advances coaching education and player skill development for safer play and positive experiences through athletics. Follow USA Football at or on Twitter @USAFootball.

Author: Jason

Jason Brooks is the owner and editor of Grayson Local. A resident of Grayson for over 14 years, he loves the Grayson community and the potential it holds. A former pastor, Jason now works as a freelance writer. He has written for The John Maxwell Company, North Point Ministries, The Ford Motor Company, Catalyst, and several regional magazines as well. You can follow Jason on Twitter (@JasonMuses).

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