Football Program

Football Academy Overview

Since its inception, the IMG Academy football academy has earned a reputation among the best at preparing student-athletes holistically for life as a collegiate student-athlete. Each football student is challenged daily, both academically and athletically, with a schedule that emulates the college experience. Graduates of the football program have gone on to join the nation’s top programs from coast-to-coast. Our program is a full member of the Florida High School Athletic Association and competes as an independent. We follow the practice requirements and standards issued by the FHSAA.

Program & Alumni Accomplishments

TOP 5 National ranking and undefeated record in 2015, 2016, and 2017

37-Game Win streak from 2014-present

26 Under Armour All-Americans

10 Postseason All-American selections

119 D1 commitments (FBS & FCS) & 7 nationally televised games

2016 Franklin D. Watkins Award finalist (Isaiah Pryor) & High school Butkus Award winner and Parade National Player of the Year (Dylan Moses)

2017 Maxwell Football Club Defensive Player of the Year (Taron Vincent)

Football Program Structure

The football academy is comprised of two varsity football teams. The IMG Academy Blue squad takes on a national schedule against many of the nation’s most elite programs. The challenging schedule is designed to provide the highest level of competition, while also exposing the team to different styles of play. The Varsity White team, introduced in 2017, competes primarily in Florida against the state’s top Class 3A and 4A programs. Players on both teams will practice alongside one another throughout the year under the guidance of an experienced coaching staff with more than 40 combined years of college and professional experience.

Program Highlights and Sample Schedule

During the 2017 spring evaluative period, more than 230 different coaches from over 120 NCAA Division I programs, including U.S. military service academies and the Ivy League, visited campus to recruit student-athletes. With the growth of IMG Academy’s program, so too has the level of collegiate exposure each player receives. Since the addition of varsity football, more than two-thirds of graduates have gone on to join NCAA Division I FBS programs.

Late-Summer

  • Check-in for fall semester and preparation for pre-season camp (practices, strength and conditioning, position training, and player evaluations)
  • Workouts with strength and conditioning component emphasis
  • Post-practice orientations and meetings

Fall

  • Football competition begins - 10+ game season against top competition in the country
    • Notable competition has included: Chandler (AZ), Hoover High School, Miami Central, Corona High School, and East High School (UT)
  • Fall Semester begins (classes in the morning, football in the afternoon)
  • Introduction to college advisement department and assigned a dedicated advisor
    • To further aid students seeking to continue their playing careers into college, each student has access to a dedicated College Advisor. An advisor’s role is to help every student navigate the requirements of the NCAA Eligibility Center and find the best athletic and academic fit at the next level.

Winter

  • Off-season workouts with Performance coaching staff
  • Focus on school work, SAT/ACT prep (if applicable), and college preparation with assistance from college advisement department
  • Sophomores and juniors have the option to attend college tours to various universities

Spring

  • Spring football practice with staff
  • Focus on classwork and finishing the year strong
  • Juniors work with college advisors to prepare for senior year, including understanding NCAA eligibility requirements, admissions processes, and test scores

Athletic and Personal Development Integration (APD)

Football academy players’ customized plans from IMG’s physical conditioning staff are built into our Elite Form Systems throughout the Performance Center where their performance data can be immediately evaluated. They work to improve their strength, speed, endurance and explosiveness while training for injury prevention throughout the year. During the offseason, leadership training, vision work and yoga, prepare them for a demanding competition schedule, while nutrition education and mental condition give our players an edge when the game is on the line.

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Technology & Facilities

  • State-of-the-art stadium with seating for 5,000
  • Two dedicated football practice fields (both grass and turf) along with 20+ multi-sport fields
  • Field House with professional locker rooms, football coaches' offices, team meeting rooms for game and practice review and film analysis, and STRIVR Virtual Reality
    • STRIVR Virtual Reality technology gives our student-athletes an edge over the competition with unlimited and more meaningful repetitions in the most realistic environment possible. VR sessions accelerate our athletes’ training regimens and allow IMG’s coaching staff to provide better and more in-depth feedback, improving athletes' footwork, decision-making skills, and recognition and understanding of in-game adjustments, zone read options, route running, and various coverages.
  • Covered turf facility for speed and agility training with coaches focused on football players

Performance and Sports Science Center

  • Mind Gym for mental conditioning sessions and vision training
  • Yoga studio
  • Strength and conditioning equipment
  • Classrooms for nutrition and leadership training
  • Athletic training facility for recovery and regeneration, including hot and cold tubs

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Admissions

All prospective student-athletes must submit a completed application, including academic records and recommendations.

Football Program Tuition

For academic year 2018-2019, tuition ranges from $53,650 to $77,650 per year depending on age, boarding and grade of student-athlete. Go to our tuition page for the full sport-by-sport cost breakdown.

Football Camps

A great way to learn more about IMG Academy is to attend a camp and see first-hand how to take your game to the next level.

Football Coaches & Staff

Notable Football Program College Commitments

Student-athletes receive individualized roadmaps for reaching their goal of playing their sport at the collegiate level. This work begins when a student enters upper school at grade 9 and above.

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football academy athletes
- KJ Osborn IMG Academy Class of '15
football academy athletes

I think they have good coaches, and they do a great job with player development.

- Nick Saban Alabama Football Head Coach
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[College football] championships are built on recruiting, and no high school program in America has more stars than IMG Academy. Almost overnight, it has become the most important recruiting ground in the country. - Member of the Football Writers Association of America

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- John Crist Football Writer

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For enrollment & program registration
1-800-872-6425
For all other inquires
1-866-300-4538
5650 Bollettieri BLVD.
Bradenton, FL 34210

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