By - Lucky-view
And here I was wanting less IMGs in the world.
Not that Michigan was ever going to recruit Ohio again, but that 1% chance just went down to .001%
TBH IMG isnt the first at anything they are doing though. In NJ there is a whole league of high level prep schools, not private schools but prep boarding schools that play each other and send guys to d1 schools. Metchie went to one so IMG is just more know. If anything its better for talent to play with talent.
I’m just here to say hello fellow OSU/GVSU flair holder!
Isn’t the Spire Institute in Ohio? They could probably work to expand its already existing reach and facilities. I’m taking guess these guys would need some allies in making sure the educational side matches the athletics side, i feel their motivation is making a pipeline to Ohio State for football.
Shhh, you're not supposed to say the quiet part out loud.
Yeah, realistically their best bet would be to build up an already existing institution, not start from the ground up. If some private school all the sudden had a professional scale weight room, and indoor field/training facility and a big name coach make $250k, I think they could sell that and attract the big names
So instead of spreading it out you just centralize it so only one area gets the benefits.......seems incredibly smart.
Like IMG isn’t just a pipeline to UGA and Bama?
I hope all the kids from this prep school go to places like Akron or Cincinatti.
I thought that place closed, but I actually got to play a game there when I was in Highschool
These type of schools pop up and go away all the time
100%. Huge hype and then a few years in they are gone.
The worst part is they really screw over the kids. They pop up with good intentions, but then the people who start them have no idea how to run a business or school. They end up mismanaged, usually with some employee embezzling money, and the kids end up getting a really terrible education that doesn't prepare them for college and oftentimes don't get fed well due to financial difficulties of the school.
Well, we know Deion is available to share his experience, maybe it works out
Ah yes, The Ohio State school for kids who can’t throw good, and want to learn how to do other stuff good too.
The Ohio State school for kids who ain't come here to play school
Learfield IMG as a company is massive; I don’t see Braxton Miller and Troy Smith being able to similar without some massive brand name attached
IMG's parent company is Endeavor and their expected earnings this year are $5billion. Braxton Miller and Troy Smith have a combined net worth of $3.5mil. I foresee some funding issues even with big money donors.
And IMG already has the Ohio State connection that I’m sure Smith and Miller would try to unofficially sell.
"hey kid - here is my highlight reel. I'm bringing in top notch coaches. Want to play for my highschool?"
I'm sure these guys mean well but.
I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that the kids going to these boarding schools aren't there to play school.
Just what we need, more professionalization of high school sports.
I feel like it’s already happened for basketball soon it’ll start happening for football and there’ll be some aau version of football
Because this school is going to be what breaks it.......
They should just partner with Spire Academy - it is already a world-class training facility. Start a football program there, everything else is already set.
I had been wondering what Troy Smith was up to recently, and whaddayaknow
In addition to Spire, Cincinnati tried something like this about 25 years ago
My HS lost to CAPE in the playoffs one year. Now I feel old.
Troy smiths school for gaining 30lbs before the bcs national championship
Director of jaw strength and gut conditioning: Kelvin Benjamin
I just had a very uncomfortable visceral reaction to this comment
Seems like we are heading closer to a European model every year.
So, is that necessarily a bad thing? I’ve always wondered how high schools not having sports would work (sports being through clubs). I know that’s not a 1:1 to this thread, but always been curious.
I don't see any way this works in Ohio unless the state changes its rules on spring football.
They would probably play a National schedule and not compete against regular high schools in Ohio.
Imagine spending 200k to send your kid to high school lol
Sounds like every private prep high school in America. A lot of them have tuitions north of $50k/year.
My dad spent 90k on high school, I’m going to be a freshman at East Lansing in the fall.
IMG is 70-85k a year (day student/boarding). That is without your sport fees
I don't know anything about Bradenton, but I would imagine it's a lot easier to pitch than Urbana.
Urbana has nothing like St Armand’s, Anna Maria Island or Manatee river to sell. Moved down here a few years ago and I ain’t ever moving back to Ohio. LOL
Come on down to historic Urbana! Get yourself a Crabill’s Hamburger and enjoy the county fair
I always thought it is a strange city. Its definitely a poor-mans version of a FL coastal city, especially compared to nearby Sarasota/St Pete/etc. I'm guessing land was probably cheap there, even being just 20 minutes from the beaches, and being within an hour of 3 well-connected airports.
Have been to IMG for several soccer tournaments over the years
They're there to develop. If the weather is good enough for their training, they'll do it.
Idk if this would be as successful in the midwest due to the weather, population density, and popularity of football compared to the south, but maybe.
How can regular parents afford that...?! That’s 4 years of college and dorms for some in states. Wtf
Weather was one of the first things I thought, too. At least IMG is in Florida, with decent weather.
Ohio is the 10th most densely populated state. Florida is 8th. I don’t see that being a factor.
I’ve heard worse ideas for what to do w/ that campus
Get Cardale Jones to jump on board and call it the We Ain't Come Here To Play School Academy
Being from the area, I cannot imagine Urbana being a place kids want to live or parents send their kids. That campus would need some serious work with what they are envisioning.
We need less of those schools. Not more
I wish Braxton and Troy wanted to do something with financial literacy as well as athletics. I mean, I get it, go with what you know, but so many kids who would be attracted to this and have the skills to do it need help in other areas.
I'd imagine pretty much every program requires financial literacy coaching these days. I know Ohio state does.
The lil Buckeyes academy
They can fund it by selling their Gold Pants!!
Absolute legends two of my favorite players of all time working together
Yes- because that's what kids need, more sport specific training academies.
Forward-thinking like this is why Ohio State will have the edge in the Michigan rivalry for the foreseeable future.
Is Ohio state even associated with this? This seems independent of Osu and I doubt they will only funnel kids to Osu
It’s a school with a football team against a football team with a school
TFW you actually have to teach kids a curriculum and not only football
Hilarious to see IMG being called a "school".
wait. those are two different guys?
Didn't Jay Richardson try something like this and it failed miserably?
that would be so awesome
Late to the party, but what teen wanting to go to a prep school to develop their talent would pick Ohio over Florida?
Call it Buckeye Collegiate School
Man, I will never forget Braxton Miller lighting up my high school team on ESPNU his senior year of HS. He was a monster at QB and I still hate him for it.
“Urbana Prep and Sports Institute” as an acronym is pronounced “Oopsie”
OMG Academy, you know, because it's Ohio.
Dam that the government is so bad at this that private citizens have to handle it.
Huh? Is this some sort of public school diss?
Ah yes so Ohio St. could just take every single elite Midwest recruit. Very nice.
I could understand if you were Penn state or someone like that complaining. but another blue blood like notre dame should not have trouble getting the guys they want. it's not our fault.