I coached FL HS football before recently moving back and becoming a HSFB HC here in our great state. I've had many convos with fellow FB coaches in FL about IMG, and also schools like Montverde (where D'Angelo Russell went,), including coaches from the likes of Dwyer, etc, who've been hurt by guys transferring to IMG. I've seen many of you guys posting that if it's "within FHSAA rules" type of stuff....Be aware, IMG Academy is NOT, I repeat, NOT an FHSAA member institution. It is a sports training facility that opened up a tuition based school. This academy can almost realistically get any player they want from any program they want in the entire country if that player is willing to pay to go there. And believe me, they have (Tyler Gerald(OH), Jango Glackin(OH), Emmanuel Greene (Coconut Creek FL), Malik Barrow (Tampa Catholic), Mirko Jurkovic (IN) just to name a few of an INSANELY talented roster). Any kid can transfer there if they are willing to pay. And at 60k/year, who do you think is honestly paying that much to go there? IMG's "practices" are well known amongst FL coaches and FHSAA member schools. They can get players like a Shea Patterson at this point because, well, no one can stop them from doing it. Something is wrong there, isn't it?
Look up their schedule. Most FL schools will not play him, as they are not affiliated with the FHSAA so there is no benefit to playing them. There are no district playoff standings on the line, etc., with regard to playing IMG. Schools like Dwyer, Miami Central, etc. have repeatedly turned down requests to play IMG, and I don't blame them. That would be why they travel to Texas every year to play the likes of DeSoto, etc.
At some point, "academies" like IMG will falter big time, much like Deion Sanders' Prime Prep Academy. As a teacher, I'm a little biased, but long live public education. :)