7. IMG Academy
Location: Bradenton, Fla.
18-19 Record: 7-1
Final Super 25 Rank: 5
Corrections and Clarifications: After publication, USAT HSS learned Jermaine Burton transferred back to Calabasas. His name has been removed from the description.
Why them: IMG has taken a leap the last couple months with some stud transfers joining the cause. ALL-USA cornerback Elias Ricks announced his transfer there from Mater Dei and was quickly followed by four-star cornerback Lovasea Carroll. With those two, IMG now has one of the best CB duos in the nation, and that’s not even including four-star 2021 CB Markevious Brown. Four-star safety Lejond Cavazos roams the secondary.
Four-star Michael Redding III leading the wide receiver room for quarterback D.J. Boney. There was some strong running back play in the spring game from Chandler McGruder and Jack Codwell, not to mention incoming eighth grader Xavier Terrell. While there’s no Trey Sanders or Noah Cain, the offense still has weapons. They also have protection, notably behind 2021 offensive linemen Weston Franklin, Greg Crippen and George Jackson.
The defensive line is strong with five-star defensive tackle Demonte Capehart, four-star defensive tackle Warren Brinson and three-star defensive tackle Jordan Butler. Defensive end JC Latham is now a four-star but he remains among the highest-ranked SDEs in the country.
IMG is missing some stars from last year but they’ve refilled the roster well. It’s once again one of the most well-rounded teams in the country.
8/23 at Venice
9/6 at Neumann
9/13 at St. Joseph’s Prep (Philadelphia)
9/21 at St. John’s (Washington, D.C.)
9/27 Booker T. Washington
10/4 Clarkson Football North (Mississauga, Ontario)
10/11 Life Christian Academy (Chester, Va.)
10/18 St. Frances Academy (Baltimore, Md.)
11/1 Hoover (Ala.)