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Football Academy Overview

IMG Academy is the nation’s premier prep football program. With 5 straight years ranked in the top 10 nationally and more than 200 student-athletes placed in college programs since its inception, IMG has a proven reputation for athletic development and an unmatched environment for college recruitment and preparation to compete at the next level.

IMG Academy football alumni have joined some of the nation’s top universities and continue to be selected for the NFL Combine and in the NFL Draft. With three teams within the program, student-athletes have an opportunity to develop and reach their greatest potential no matter their current skill level or recruiting profile.

Football Program Structure

IMG Academy football places an emphasis on overall player growth and development while also providing significant opportunities for collegiate exposure throughout the year. Each student-athlete has a support system around them inclusive of a head coach, position coach, strength and conditioning coach, athletic trainers, teachers, college advisors, and more to aid in the developmental process that includes:

  • An individual football skill developmental plan
  • A team periodization plan
  • An individual position periodization plan
  • An athletic and Academy personal development plan

Student-athletes will measure their development and success through Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) such as position-specific statistics, game day evaluations, practice tapes, strength & conditioning goals, and academic progress. IMG football is structured like a collegiate program so that student-athletes understand the requirements both on and off the field and are prepared for the schedule at the next level.

IMG football student-athletes not only train within a schedule that mirrors that of a collegiate program, but they are also expected to maintain similar expectations, such as respect, academic success, responsibility and ownership, mental and physical toughness, and complete personal and athletic development.

With three teams competing across various levels, IMG Academy football will identify which program is the best fit for prospective student-athletes grades 6-12 as well as for post-graduate players based on their age, skill level, position, and overall goals. IMG Academy is a full member of the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA), and the National Team competes as an independent. IMG follows the practice requirements and standards issued by the FHSAA.

National Team

IMG Academy’s National Team takes on an incredibly competitive schedule against some of the nation’s most elite programs. Players will arrive in July to begin their pre-season training camp, compete in 10+ games in the Fall, train and develop during the Winter off-season, and continue to train in the Spring before the Spring Practice Game. This team is comprised of some of the nation’s top collegiate recruits as well as those with aspirations to compete in the NFL.

Varsity Team

This team competes against 10+ teams consisting of regional competition in a Class 3A Florida schedule while continuing to focus on player development and progression. Student-athletes will have an opportunity to train with IMG’s expert, sport-specific coaching staff and will have a similar training schedule to the National team. Varsity student-athletes have an opportunity to develop alongside other players of similar skill levels while working towards achieving their peak potential.

Post-graduate Team

Post-graduate student-athletes will compete in a dedicated PG schedule against a minimum of 6 teams during the Fall of 2020. This team will practice with the National Team year-round while also having unrivaled exposure to visiting collegiate programs. Post-graduate student-athletes will not jeopardize their eligibility by enrolling in the program, and they will have the opportunity to develop both on the field and personally prior to committing to the college of their choice.

Program Highlights and Sample Schedule

Throughout the year, more than 400 different coaches from over 200 NCAA Division I programs, including U.S. military service academies and the Ivy League, visit 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.


  • Beginning in July, student-athletes will check in for the fall semester and prepare 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 & Personal Development

APD plays an integral role in the overall development of each football student-athlete. APD instructors focus on crucial areas such as mental toughness, strength & conditioning, nutrition, leadership, life skills and character development, and more to ensure that IMG Academy football student-athletes not only have an advantage over the competition but understand what it takes to succeed in college, in the NFL, and in life.

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Grades 6-12

IMG Academy’s collegiate-style schedule provides the ultimate preparation for student-athletes to succeed at the next level. Football student-athletes have the ability to select their courses and electives to identify their areas of interest ahead of enrolling into the collegiate program that best aligns with their academic and athletic goals.

View Grades 6-12 Curriculum


Post-graduate football student-athletes will benefit from a gap year at IMG with available standardized test prep, college course credit opportunities, college placement and recruitment advisement, and more. Football post-graduates experience immense benefits by ensuring they’re prepared for their next steps as collegiate-student-athletes. Post-graduates will not jeopardize their NCAA eligibility by enrolling in this program.

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Program & Alumni Accomplishments

2020 High School National Champions

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

38-Game Win streak from 2014-2018 & 7 nationally televised games

29 Under Armour All-Americans

13 Postseason All-American selections

140 D1 commitments (FBS & FCS)

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

2018 Maxwell Football Club Defensive Player of the Year (Nolan Smith)

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

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

Football Program Tuition

For academic year 2020-2021, tuition ranges from $62,400 to $82,400 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.

Meet the New Coach: Bobby Acosta

Coach Bobby Acosta’s up-tempo spread philosophies and acumen for developing quarterbacks and wide receivers has evolved over two decades of success at the collegiate and high school levels. Prior 2019, his recent coaching stops have included Bucknell University (2017-18), Cornell (2016) and Syracuse University (2014-15).

Bobby Acosta

Coach Spotlight

Bobby Acosta - Head Coach

Acosta becomes the third head coach of the National Varsity team. He comes to IMG Academy from The College of St. Scholastica (Minn.), where he helped guide the Saints to a 7-3 record in 2019 as the offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach.

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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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- KJ Osborn IMG Academy Alumnus
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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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