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paperwasp
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What do you think about private high school 'all-star' teams like IMG Academy?
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The football program offers a residency program and year-round camps ranging from three days to five weeks in length and was previously led by former NFL quarterback Chris Weinke.

In 2013, MaxPreps called IMG Academy the "nation's top high school football facility."


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As an FHSAA independent, IMG cannot win a state title, but the football program creates a national schedule.


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Texas football teams were asked not to schedule IMG Academy; Georgia teams now banned from doing it




ProjectP2294
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re: What do you think about private high school 'all-star' teams like IMG Academy?
I think it's a model that can't be replicated so all the handwringing about it ruining high school sports across the country is completely overblown.


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GeorgeTheGreek
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re: What do you think about private high school 'all-star' teams like IMG Academy?
Seems fine to me.


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re: What do you think about private high school 'all-star' teams like IMG Academy?
Better development and schooling for those elite kids. But they shouldn't be allowed to play regular HS teams


GeorgeTheGreek
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re: What do you think about private high school 'all-star' teams like IMG Academy?
Catholic is going to mop the floor with em this year.


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Rep520
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re: What do you think about private high school 'all-star' teams like IMG Academy?
Good thing, IMO.

It's set up as a college prep program to allow players to essentially get accustomed to the the school/athletic schedule of college.

Schools benefit because players show up more prepared for college. Players benefit by being accustomed to the demands they'll face in college.

It also isn't going away, so I prefer leaning into it.


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McCaigBro69
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re: What do you think about private high school 'all-star' teams like IMG Academy?
I have no problem with it, but the kids who elect to go there possibly miss out on the experience of playing with lifelong friends and for a community they grew up in.

I can’t imagine anybody really cares about IMG’s results aside from the the players’ direct family and staff. I’m sure it’s somewhat of a hollow experience.


paperwasp
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re: What do you think about private high school 'all-star' teams like IMG Academy?
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I can’t imagine anybody really cares about IMG’s results aside from the the players’ direct family and staff. I’m sure it’s somewhat of a hollow experience.


Good point, this is definitely true. I've seen them play in person a few times, and while they get up beforehand, afterwards they just sort of walk around without a lot of emotion. They also hand out most of their gear to kids in the stands.


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Rep520
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re: What do you think about private high school 'all-star' teams like IMG Academy?
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I have no problem with it, but the kids who elect to go there possibly miss out on the experience of playing with lifelong friends and for a community they grew up in.


Most IMG players come in as juniors and seniors, so they've had some of that already.

That's how IMG functions best, IMO. As a bridge for a talented kid who's destined for D1 to start adjusting to college schedule and demands.


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re: What do you think about private high school 'all-star' teams like IMG Academy?
Like a Hargrave military Academy did?


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Rep520
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re: What do you think about private high school 'all-star' teams like IMG Academy?
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Like a Hargrave military Academy did?


I don't know a ton about Hargrave, but I do know a bit about IMG.

At Arizona, we got Josh Green from IMG. He played in Phoenix for his first two years of HS, the IMG as a junior/senior.

That's common for IMG. IMG wants high profile kids, so they try to pull kids who've already demonstrated they're good.

If Hargrave was a prep school, it's basically like that.


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HoustonGumbeauxGuy
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re: What do you think about private high school 'all-star' teams like IMG Academy?
Does IMG ever play teams from Texas?


Quidam65
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re: What do you think about private high school 'all-star' teams like IMG Academy?
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Does IMG ever play teams from Texas?



They have in the past.

There are no official pronouncements from UIL forbidding it. But the public school coaching fraternity has essentially banded together and agreed not to schedule them, disliking their recruiting practices.

The private schools are quite small and not strong enough to take on an IMG so they don't.


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re: What do you think about private high school 'all-star' teams like IMG Academy?
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But the public school coaching fraternity has essentially banded together and agreed not to schedule them, disliking their recruiting practices.



Don’t they know Texas vs. IMG games are meaningless and won’t stop them from winning district and/or state? So why not test yourself if you have the opportunity


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re: What do you think about private high school 'all-star' teams like IMG Academy?
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Don’t they know Texas vs. IMG games are meaningless and won’t stop them from winning district and/or state? So why not test yourself if you have the opportunity


I could be misremembering, but I believe IMG’s recruitment of Greg Little, who was like a top 5 overall recruit, from Allen caused the domino effect of the statewide boycott.
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dukee7
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re: What do you think about private high school 'all-star' teams like IMG Academy?
IMG is a college and has nicer facilities than a lot of D1 schools. With that being said, it doesn’t bother me. I’m sure the kids love it, it’s in a nice place, and it prepares them for D1 life


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I Bleed Garnet
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re: What do you think about private high school 'all-star' teams like IMG Academy?
I like it


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Quidam65
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re: What do you think about private high school 'all-star' teams like IMG Academy?
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Don’t they know Texas vs. IMG games are meaningless and won’t stop them from winning district and/or state? So why not test yourself if you have the opportunity




The reason is that they believe schools like IMG are destroying the high school experience part of high school football, especially in a one-school community whether as small as Munday, medium-sized like Carthage, or the biggest of them all in Allen. It's the principle which they consider important.


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tigernnola
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re: What do you think about private high school 'all-star' teams like IMG Academy?
Great for the elite athletes to hone their skills. Do not want them on my schedules though ??


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StupidBinder
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re: What do you think about private high school 'all-star' teams like IMG Academy?
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So why not test yourself if you have the opportunity



Or, get some key guys banged up for nothing, because...

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IMG games are meaningless


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