If you guys would research the school it would help. All of this is on their website or in the parent newsletters.
'14 OT Commit Ward transfers to IMG Academy in Florida
I might be the only one who sees this as a good thing, but if he does end up sticking with us, going to a football program like this one could be a great thing for his development as a player. He's a guy with the physical tools to be a great player, but is very raw. This could maybe smooth out a lot of the raw aspects of his game, and get him in a good shape to compete for a spot in the two deep quickly.
People freak out too much over stuff like this. He is still commited to Michigan and moved to a high school that caters towards athletes which is a better opportunity then he has at his old one.
Thread jack!!! Rivals board says Green will pick Auburn....lol
Time for me to lay low for a few days, this place is going to get ugly.
This place will explode like Mt. St. Helen.
Which team site?
I don't have a pay account, but I'm guessing it is this story, which is a neutral site link:
That story just talks about last week's in-home visits. I don't have a pay account either, but Farrell was tweeting about it earlier. AU and Tenn are closer, but we are still assumed leader. Also, the only Rivals site that will cover his announcement is the Michigan team site, so if there were a network that would predict Green to Michigan, I would think it would be Rivals based on the evidence provided above. I'm trying to figure out where NFG got his info from.
It was in the rivals main page, but its not there anymore. Wtf.... Speculation commence.
And it is not the link I submitted? Did they say they had info that he WOULD, or was that just, like, their opinion...?
That he was going to shock ppl and choose Auburn.
And this is according to random message board people....probably irrational Auburn fans
Him on Wednesday and that is his last in home, id assume Jackson & Borges will be the ones going to VA. Ten also has a visit earlier that day so I think m is sitting pretty
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I Lived in Bradenton 3 yrs, so am familiar with IMG. IMG has been around a while. At least in the past, they were a fairly expensive school, but you did get excellent coaching. It does make sense for Ward to go there. It really is kind of like McGary going to prep school out East. McGary was still from Indiana. Ward is still from Chicago, but he gets a year to polish his game, work on his academics, strength, and be ready for college. I'm just curious how in the world this is being paid for. Going to IMG for a year isn't cheap.
Do you have reason to think Ward's parents can't afford this?
He already attended a private school in Chicago. I'm not sure what tuition is at either place, but...well...yeah.
Maybe he was wondering if scholarships are included or something of that nature?
The tuition at IMG is probably in excess of 50k annually. Here is a link to an SI story in 2002, when the tuition ranged from 31 to 70k. And that was 10 years ago.
I have paid private school tuition for years, for 3 kids. But it has been an entirely different league than 50k a year. Even without scholarships, my daughter's High School tuition maxed out a couple years ago at a bit over $10k. IMG, on the other hand, at $50k, would be a lot. That's serious coin for most people. Anyone who can afford $50k for a year's high school tuition has some serious resources.
IIRC, some of the East Coast basketball schools offered scholarships. IMG, on the other hand, is made up completely of students focusing on sports. So, it is less likely to be underwritten by the tuition of the rest of the student body.
Hope that explains where my questions came from.
Financial aid is available if you fill out the right forms and if is handled by a third pary group approved by the FHSAA. No aid can be given below the calculated aid amount which my son got last year albeit not too much but at least something.
I worked out there for 3 months one summer. It is outstanding. Ward will probably get a lot of technique coaching for his position to catch up fast for not having played a lot of football. For sure he will get top-notch conditioning both in the weight room and running/plyometric stuff. I was there in college I wish I had gone in high school.
As for what it means for Michigan I don't know. Ward will likely get to rub shoulders with some NFL guys with various ties. When I was there Drew Brees, Charlie Batch, and I heard but never saw, the Mannings were there. So who knows who might get in his ear and say what.