IMG Academy has been the premier athletic high school for big-time football recruits across the country since 2010. SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey has already spoken out against the academy and its presence, but he doesn’t seem like the only one upset about it.
On Tuesday, president of the Texas High School Coaches Association Glen West wrote a letter about the Bradenton, Florida school. It was published in Texas Coach magazine and he said that the academy is doing high school football as a whole a disservice.
“As president of THSCA, I would like to make you aware of a growing movement that I feel can destroy our profession as we know it,” West writes. “At the current moment, IMG Academy has actively recruited three of our top Texas high school football players to play their senior season for their traveling football team.”
Texas, as many know, is one of the largest and dominant states in high school football, so it’s not a surprise that West is upset with what is happening. The last few years, IMG Academy has garnered attention by grabbing many of the nation’s largest football recruits.
Most notably, the Academy hosted Shea Patterson, the number one quarterback in the country in the class of 2016 for his senior season. He came from Louisiana and has now signed with Ole Miss.
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