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Two 2018 Pitt commits set to play in International Bowl

Future Panthers Judson Tallandier and Blake Zubovic will play for Team USA

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: AUG 25 DeMatha at Bishop Gorman
Judson Tallandier during a high school football game between DeMatha Catholic and Bishop Gorman on Aug. 25
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Two 2018 Pitt commits are set to take part in the International Bowl, a week-long competition between football teams comprised of high school players from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Finland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

Defensive back Judson Tallandier out of DeMatha Caholic in Hyattsville, Maryland, and offensive lineman Blake Zubovic from Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania, were two of just 46 high schoolers invited to play on USA Football’s under-19 team.

Tallandier and Zubovic are both considered three-star recruits, according to 247Sports, and both committed to Pitt in June 2017 before signing their letters of intent last month.

Tallandier, Zubovic and the U.S. team will take on Canada’s under-19 team Friday night at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Their game will be the finale of the International Bowl, which began last week with competition between under-14 teams, and the Americans will be looking to avenge the 44-26 loss their under-18 team suffered to Canada on Wednesday night.

While the International Bowl isn’t quite as high in profile as the Army All-American Bowl or other competitions, it still has its share of notable alumni, including Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston, Arizona Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu and Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Stephon Tuitt, to name a few.

The game will get underway Friday at 8 p.m. ET and can be viewed on ESPN 3.