BRADENTON, Fla. – IMG Academy rated a perfect 10 for the Under Armour All-America Game.
Ten players from the team were presented with their honorary jerseys in a ceremony held at the school’s fieldhouse Wednesday as part of the Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance.
Wide receiver Jhamon Ausbon, defensive ends Robert Beal and Joshua Kaindoh, defensive backs Grant Delpit, Isaiah Pryor and Marcus Williamson, offensive linemen Robert Hainsey and Cesar Ruiz, quarterback Kellen Mond and linebacker Dylan Moses were the players honored.
“Congratulations to the players and their families on this honor, it’s a tremendous honor,” IMG head coach Kevin Wright said. “Hats off to the young men, but also hats off to their families and their entire support system.”
Ninety players combined make up the rosters for the two teams. That means more than 11 percent of the Under Armour All-Americans comes from IMG. In the game’s history, 20 IMG players have been selected.
The game is scheduled for Jan. 1 in Orlando and will be aired on ESPN.
ESPN’s Director of Recruiting Tom Luginbill said that the list of players participating from IMG is impressive, but many of the players have been on his radar since they were freshmen and sophomores.
“While it looks like a big number from one school keep in mind that not all of these prospects were at IMG when they were initially invited,” Luginbill said. “This happens to be one of those years where it’s just a large number.”
Moses, rated as the top athlete prospect in the nation, said that watching players from the game that are performing in college now was one of the reasons why he committed to the game when he was a freshman at University Lab School (Baton Rouge, La.)
“I watched Reuben Foster, Rashan Gary and Arden Key play in the game and they all stood out to me,” Moses said. “I’ve been waiting to play in this game since I was in eighth grade.”
Mond, who is committed to Texas A&M, said that days like Wednesday make all the work that he and his teammates have done to keep up with IMG’s strict schedule worth it.
Many of the football players start their days at 6 a.m. with workouts at 7 a.m. and classes, practice and study hall for the remainder of the day.
“It takes a lot of discipline because we have days that last 14-15 hours,” Mond said. “I think we’re the hardest-working team in the country and we all share the same goal of wanting to be the best. We push each other to be the best. It’s a real honor to share this stage with these guys.”
IMG, ranked No. 2 in the Super 25, has six more games and is working toward a potential “national championship” type of game in mid-December (IMG does not play for the Florida state championship.)
For many of the players they are looking at the Under Armor All-America Game as one last ride together as teammate before college takes them in different directions.
“It’s a dream come true and it’s awesome to play with my teammates,” Ausbon, an LSU commit, said. “This will be like the last high school experience we have and I can play with all my friends.”
The players decided to give their American Family Insurance Dream Champion award as a group to IMG athletic trainer Lauren Askevold.