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 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
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 program 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.
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
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.
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 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 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.
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
Strength and conditioning equipment
Classrooms for nutrition and leadership training
Athletic training facility for recovery and regeneration, including hot and cold tubs
Football Academy Photo Gallery
All prospective student-athletes must submit a completed application, including academic records and recommendations.
I think they have good coaches, and they do a great job with player development.
- Nick Saban
Alabama Football Head Coach
[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