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Posted on Fri, Jan 27, 2012 : 2:46 p.m.

Four Michigan football recruits to compete for U.S. national team on signing day

By Kyle Meinke

Four Michigan football recruits are going to have more than the typical fanfare that accompanies national signing day.

Tight end Devin Funchess (Farmington Hills Harrison), cornerback Terry Richardson (Detroit Cass Tech) and linebackers James Ross (Orchard Lake St. Mary's) and Royce Jenkins-Stone (Cass Tech) have arrived in Austin, Texas, to play for the under-19 national team, according to a news release.

They'll take on the World Team in the International Bowl at 6 p.m. Wednesday (CBS Sports Network). That also happens to be national signing day, when college football recruits can begin signing their binding national letters of intent.

Michigan has secured 23 verbal commitments. The school will hold a 2 pm. news conference Wednesday to introduce those who sign their letters of intent.

The NCAA has granted the national team an exemption that allows high school seniors to play for USA Football and not have their participation count as one of their two permitted all-star game appearances, according to the release.

Funchess, Jenkins-Stone, Ross and Richardson each hail from the state of Michigan. No others from the state will play in the game. There are two Ohio State commits on the U.S. team -- defensive tackle Se'Von Pittman and receiver Frank Epitropoulos -- and none from Michigan State.

The world team features players from around the globe, including countries such as Canada, Sweden, France, Australia, Austria, American Samoa, Spain, Japan, Mexico, Panama and Serbia.

Kyle Meinke covers Michigan football for He can be reached at 734-623-2588, by email at and followed on Twitter @kmeinke.