IMG Academy, based in Bradenton, Florida, is one of the premiere high schools football programs in the nation. It looks like the Georgia Bulldogs would love to have a number of those players head up to Athens for their college careers.
According to Dawg Nation, the Bulldogs decided to go out and send offers to 18 of the players currently on IMG Academy’s roster. That is nearly a third of the roster, which includes a large number of the 2017 and 2018 recruiting classes’ best players.
Per the report, “IMG Academy coach Kevin Wright got a text message this morning that shared UGA’s extreme interest in 18 of the 60 current players on his varsity team. UGA offered 18 of his guys in one fell swoop with a text.”
“This is different here to me,” Wright said. “They have vetted the process. This is not a splash move by Georgia for headlines. They went through the process to find specific guys they feel can help them win championships. That message comes across strong when I talk to the coaches there.”
Georgia joins Tennessee as the second SEC school to mass-offer players from IMG Academy. The Volunteers sent 20 offers and both Ohio State and Buffalo have also reportedly made big offers to the school in the recent past.
It certainly looks like Smart is trying to make a big change at Georgia. Bringing in a good chunk of the country’s best players would certainly do the trick.
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