Brian Gaia

Gilman senior Brian Gaia committed to Penn State in the spring. (Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun / December 2, 2010)

Gilman lineman Brian Gaia has been selected to play for the United States Under-19 team in the third annual International Bowl Feb. 1 at The Palace at Round Rock in Austin, Texas.

Gaia, a two-way lineman, helped the No. 1 Greyhounds to the MIAA A Conference championship in a 34-32 double-overtime victory over No. 2 Calvert Hall Saturday night. The 6-foot-3, 295-pound senior has committed to play defensive tackle at Penn State.

The only player selected from the Baltimore area, Gaia joins Potomac running back Ronald Darby as the only two from Maryland.

Gaia is one of 50 seniors selected to play in the game, formerly known as Team USA vs. The World. He is the second Gilman lineman selected in two years, following offensive lineman Hunter Goodwin, now at Wake Forest.

Goodwin's U.S. team defeated The World, 21-14, in February for its second straight victory over The World. The International Federation of American Football, which has 62 member nations on six continents, sanctions the International Bowl. The players and coaches are selected by USA Football.