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Virginia crowns first spring football champions in high school history - OFFICIAL
Virginia crowns first spring football champions in high school history
Like any other year, the Virginia High School League crowned six state football champions Saturday afternoon in six different classifications. But these were clearly different.  From all records MaxPreps has researched, Virginia is the first state to ever award football championships in the spring.

The Riverhead Gladiators were officially the first ones crowned, with a 65-29 victory over the Galaxy Maroon Tide in the Class 1 title game. A 34-point second-point explosion led the Gladiators to their 10th straight win of the season. They outscored opponents 483-119 on the season. 

Perennial East power Oscar Smith (8-0) followed with a 62-21 Class 6 title win over South County, and Stone Bridge (8-0) took the Class 5 crown with a 13-10 overtime win over Highland Springs. (See all the champions below).

The VHSL was one of 15 states to move the traditional fall 2020 season to the spring due to COVID-19 pandemic. Of those states, 11 decided on abbreviated spring seasons, with just three opting for playoffs. North Carolina and Rhode Island have scheduled state championship games next week.

According to MaxPreps senior writer and historian Kevin Askeland, no states have ever held football championships in the spring, although one in California was scheduled in 1919. That title game was called off when Orange League champion Fullerton disbanded a month before the scheduled contest.
Oscar Smith turned around a loss in the 2019 VHSL Class 6 title game with a resounding 65-21 win over the Stallions on Saturday.
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Oscar Smith turned around a loss in the 2019 VHSL Class 6 title game with a resounding 65-21 win over the Stallions on Saturday.
2021 Spring VHSL State Football Championships

Class 1Full bracket can be found here - 2020 Virginia High School Football Playoff Brackets: VHSL Class 1
High School baseball: St. Mary Prep moves to No. 2 in OFFICIAL Top 25 as losses shuffle rankings - OFFICIAL
High School baseball: St. Mary Prep moves to No. 2 in MaxPreps Top 25 as losses shuffle rankings
Multiple losses by Top 10 teams and continued undefeated play by St. Mary Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.) and Friendswood (Texas) resulted in a huge shakeup in this week's MaxPreps Top 25 high school baseball rankings.

Previous No. 2 Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.), No. 3 Madison Central (Madison, Miss.), and No. 4 Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, Fla.) all lost last week with No. 5 IMG Academy getting the win over Jesuit. No. 6 Barbe also won while previous No. 10 Calvary Christian Academy lost and was dropped from the rankings.

Meanwhile, St. Mary Prep continued to rack up impressive win after impressive win, extending its win streak to 39 and season mark to 19-0. Friendswood also won a pair of games to move to  23-0. Since IMG Academy has ended its season, St. Mary Prep and Friendswood jump ahead of IMG Academy and Barbe. IMG Academy can still move up with losses by Buford, St. Mary Prep and Friendswood.

Six new teams enter the rankings this week. They include Utah's best Pleasant Grove, Columbus North, the top team in Indiana and Rocky Mountain, the top team in Idaho. Parkview Baptist has the best overall record in Louisiana, and Buchanan, the top team in Central California. Roff, a small school in Oklahoma, joins at No. 25. While Roff comes in No. 2 in the MaxPreps computer state rankings, it actually has a win over the No. 1 team, Deer Creek (Edmond).

Dropped out: Calvary Christian Academy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Seymour (Tenn.), Fort Zumwalt West (O'Fallon, Mo.), Hewitt-Trussville (Trussville, Ala.), Trinity (Louisville, Ky.), Vero Beach (Vero Beach, Fla.).

Game of the Week: IMG Academy 4, Jesuit 2. In a game that could determine the top team in Florida, IMG Academy edged Jesuit thanks to three RBI by Drake Varnado. IMG Academy does not play in the postseason while Jesuit begins postseason play this week in defense of its state championship from 2019.

Player of the Week: Ike Irish, St. Mary Prep. Irish hit three home runs last week to help the Eaglets move up to the No. 2 spot in the rankings.

Recruit Watch: Cooper Kinney, Baylor. One of the top infielder prospects in the nation, Kinney had a big week for the Red Raiders with four doubles and three home runs.

Game to Watch: Baylor vs. Farragut. The Red Raiders and Admirals battle for the top spot in Tennessee this weekend. The two teams play in different divisions in the state playoffs and won't be able to determine state supremacy in the postseason. Baylor is coming off a disappointing loss to Parkview (Lilburn, Ga.), but stays in the rankings due to its matchup with No. 8 Farragut and what a possible win over the Admirals might mean with regards to the rankings.

Streaks: St. Mary Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.) moved past Webster (Wis.) for the longest active win streak in the nation at 39. The Eaglets won 20 in a row to finish the 2019 season, did not play in 2020, and have won 19 in a row to start the 2021 season. Webster has a 37-game active win streak.
Buchanan climbs into this week's MaxPreps Top 25 rankings.
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Buchanan climbs into this week's MaxPreps Top 25 rankings.
MaxPreps Top 25 high school baseball rankings

1. Buford (Ga.)
Record:
29-0 | Last week: 1
Results: Did not play
Next: Thur/Fri playoffs vs. Alexander

2. St. Mary Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.)
Record:
19-0 | Last week: 7
Results: Def. De La Salle Collegiate, 7-1, 11-1; def. West Bloomfield, 8-5; def. Catholic Central, 9-3, 5-0.
Stats: Ike Irish hit a home run in both games against DLS with Coleson Titus hitting one out in the second game. Jake Dresselhouse had a double, a home run and four RBI against West Bloomfield. Irish also hit a home run against Catholic Central while John Essig had 14 strikeouts. Jasen Oliver and Nolan Schubart each hit a home run in the second game against Catholic while Thomas Allman struck out 15.
Next: Wed. vs. University of Detroit Jesuit.

3. Friendswood (Texas)
Record:
23-0 | Last week: 8
Results: Def. Sterling, 5-1; def. Santa Fe, 3-2.
Stats: Dylan Maxcey, Kevin Newkirk and Izaak Pacheco all doubled against Sterling.
Next: Tue. vs. Texas City.

4. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
Record:
23-2 | Last week: 5
Results: Def. Canterbury, 11-1; def. Jesuit, 4-2.
Stats: Mason Albright tossed a no-hitter with five strikeouts and James Wood hit a home run against Canterbury. Drake Varnado had a double and three RBI in the win over Jesuit.
Next: Season over.

5. Barbe (Lake Charles, La.)
Record:
32-2 | Last week: 6
Results: Def. New Iberia, 9-2, 11-1; def. Lafayette, 7-5.
Stats: Gavin Guidry struck out 17 in the first win over New Iberia.
Next: Postseason TBD

6. Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.)
Record:
23-2 | Last week: 2
Results: Lost to IMG Academy, 4-2; def. Champagnat Catholic, 4-0
Stats: Bradke Lohry and Nick Rodriguez each had a triple against Champagnat Catholic.
Next: Postseason TBD

7. Madison Central (Madison, Miss.)
Record:
25-1 | Last week: 3
Results: Lost to Brandon, 7-6; def. Brandon, 15-4
Stats: Hunter Hines went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI. Ross Highfill and Creek Robertson each had five RBI with Highfill hitting two home runs and Robertson getting one.
Next: Postseason TBD

8. Farragut (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Record:
27-2 | Last week: 9
Results: Def. Lenoir City, 8-2; def. William Blount, 7-6; def. Greeneville, 10-2; def. Hardin Valley Academy, 7-5.
Stats: Tanner Kim went 3-for-4 against Lenoir City. Bryce Burkey was 4-for-4 against William Blount. Angus Pence had a grand slam and Garett Brewer homered against Greeneville. Pence and Lukas Buckner both homered against Hardin Valley.
Next: Wed. vs. Maryville; Thur. vs. Pigeon Forge; Fri. vs. Baylor.

9. Thousand Oaks (Calif.)
Record:
13-0 | Last week: 11
Results: Def. Agoura, 6-5, 17-1; def. Oaks Christian, 5-1.
Stats: Maxwell Muncy hit a home run in the first game, and had a home run and a double in the second game. Charlie Saum also had five base hits. Peyton Miller homered against Oaks Christian.
Next: Wed./Thur. Oaks Christian

10. Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, Fla.)
Record:
21-2 | Last week: 4
Results: Def. Calvary Christian Academy, 9-3; lost to Westminster Christian, 5-4.
Stats: Cameron Harris went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI against Calvary Christian Academy.
Next: Tues. vs. Coral Springs.

11. Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.)
Record:
14-2 | Last week: 15
Results: Def. Casteel, 7-0; def. Horizon, 9-6; def. Perry, 8-2, 11-1.
Stats: Brock Selvidge struck out nine against Horizon. Gavin Turley had a double in all three wins. Ryan Kucherak, Logan Saloman and Turley all hit home runs against Perry.
Next: Tues. vs. Mountain Pointe; Thur. vs. Corona del Sol.

12. Lake Travis (Austin, Texas)
Record:
26-3-2 | Last week: 16
Results: Def. Akins, 22-0, 11-0.
Stats: Kyle Rader had a grand slam and six RBI in the first game. Pierce George and Kaeden Kent each hit one out in the second game.
Next: Tue./Fri. vs. Westlake.

13. Reagan (San Antonio)
Record:
27-3 | Last week: 17
Results: Def. Johnson, 3-2; def. Churchill, 9-8.
Stats: Cohen Feser struck out nine against Johnson.
Next: Fri. vs. Roosevelt; Sat. vs. Calallen.

14. Gregory-Portland (Portland, Texas)
Record:
27-2-1 | Last week: 20
Results: Def. King, 7-0; def. Victoria East, 6-1.
Stats: Easton Dowell had a home run against King. Malachi Lott struck out 11 and tripled against Victoria East.
Next: Fri. vs. Ray.

15. Lakeland Christian (Lakeland, Fla.)
Record:
23-1 | Last week: 22
Results: Def. IMG Academy White, 12-2; def. Lake Wales, 10-0.
Stats: Ty Evans, Carson Byrd, Reese Collins and Brody Donay all homered against IMG. Donay also hit one out against Lake Wales.
Next: Tue. vs. Windermere Prep.

16. Winter Park (Fla.)
Record:
22-1 | Last week: 23
Results: Def. Olympia 2-0; def. Freedom, 12-0.
Stats: Nick Berger struck out seven against Freedom.
Next: Postseason TBD.

17. Rancho Bernardo (San Diego)
Record:
15-1 | Last week: 14
Results: Lost to La Costa Canyon, 3-1; def. La Costa Canyon, 11-0.
Stats: Shunsuke Sakaino had two doubles among his five hits in the 11-0 win.
Next: Thur./Sat. vs. San Marcos.

18. Bryant (Ark.)
Record:
19-2 | Last week: 12
Results: Lost to Catholic, 5-2; def. North Little Rock, 3-1; def. Central, 11-2.
Stats: Noah Davis had a double and a home run against Central.
Next: Tue. vs. Little Rock Southwest; Thur. vs. Sheridan.

19. Baylor (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
Record:
18-3 | Last week: 13
Results: Def. Knoxville Catholic, 10-0, 12-2, 14-7, lost to Parkview, 9-5; def. McCallie, 10-0.
Stats: Daniel Corona and Cooper Kinney each had a double and a home run in the 10-0 win. Jay Dill struck out 14 and tossed a no-hitter. Kinney also had a double and a home run in the 12-2 win while Patrick Johnson fanned 12. Kinney, Carson Yates and Hunter Herndon all had two doubles in the 14-7 win. Kinney also homered in the loss to Parkview. Vito Valincius and Nick Kurtz hit home runs against McCallie.
Next: Tue./Wed. vs. McCallie, Fri. vs. Farragut.

20. Rocky Mountain (Meridian, Idaho)
Record:
19-1 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Boise, 12-2.
Stats: Justin Douglas had a double and a home run in the win.
Next: Tue. vs. Timberline.

21. Pleasant Grove (Utah)
Record:
16-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Westlake, 13-2, 20-5.
Stats: Sam Haynie and Brody Ballantye each hit home runs in the second game against Westlake.
Next: Tue. vs. Corner Canyon.

22. Columbus North (Columbus, Ind.)
Record:
15-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Floyd Central 3-0, def. Roncalli, 9-1.
Stats: Austin Bode had a double and a triple against Roncalli.
Next: Tue. vs. Southport, Thur. vs. Seymour.

23. Parkview Baptist (Baton Rouge, La.)
Record:
28-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Central Private, 13-2.
Stats: Caleb Stelly had a home run in the win.
Next: Postseason TBD

24. Buchanan (Clovis, Calif.)
Record:
11-1 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Madera, 12-0.
Stats: Temo Becerra had a grand slam in the win for the Bears.
Next: Tue./Thur./Sat. vs. Clovis East.

25. Roff (Okla.)
Record:
27-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Mill Creek, 12-0, 16-2; def. Noble, 13-1; def. Amber-Pocasset, 8-0.
Stats: Cade Baldridge and Trayson Miller both homered against Mill Creek in the 12-0 win while Tallen Bagwell and Dylan Reed both homered in the second game. Baldridge and MIller, along with Drew Sheppard, all homered against Noble. Miler, Reed and Will Joplin each hit home runs against Amber-Pocasset.
Next: Postseason TBD
2021 NFL Draft: High school football powerhouse IMG Academy projected to have seven players selected - OFFICIAL
2021 NFL Draft: High school football powerhouse IMG Academy projected to have seven players selected
During the 2020 NFL Draft, national high school football power IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) became the first prep program since 2014 to have four players selected. The Ascenders could potentially double that in 2021, according to Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports.


All but Newsome played together during the 2016 season when the Ascenders went 11-0 and had notable wins over Centennial (Corona, Calif.), Grayson (Loganville, Ga.), Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, Calif.), St. Frances Academy (Baltimore) and St. John's (Washington, D.C.). They finished the year ranked No. 3 in the MaxPreps Top 25.

Cisco and Newsome were part of IMG's 2017 team that went 9-0 and finished ranked No. 2 in the MaxPreps Top 25.
Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond is one of seven former IMG Academy players who could hear their name called this weekend as part of the NFL Draft.
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Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond is one of seven former IMG Academy players who could hear their name called this weekend as part of the NFL Draft.
No less impressive is American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.), which has five players going in Wilson's mock draft. The Patriots' potential draft haul is led by Patrick Surtain II, who Wilson predicts will go No. 9 to the Denver Broncos. Joining Surtain are Tyson Campbell, Khalil Herbert, Anthony Schwartz and Marco Wilson.

Campbell, Surtain and Wilson gave the Patriots the best secondary in the country during the 2016 season and led Heritage to a 14-0 record, Class 5A state title and a spot at No. 10 in the final MaxPreps Top 25.

The following season, Campbell, Schwartz and Surtain led American Heritage to its second consecutive 5A state championship and a spot at No. 4 in the final MaxPreps Top 25 after going 14-0.

St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) has had more players selected than any other high school over the last 20 years with 23 taken and Wilson's mock draft predicts there will be four more in the 2021 draft — Trevon Grimes, Elijah Moore, Josh Palmer and Asante Samuel Jr.

All four played together during the 2016 season when Aquinas went 13-2 and finished the year ranked No. 6 after winning the 7A state title.

Episcopal (Bellaire, Texas) has three players slated to be taken led by Jaylen Waddle — slotted to go sixth overall by the Miami Dolphins. Walker Little and Marvin Wilson are expected to also hear their names called. Little and Wilson were part of the Class of 2017 while Waddle was a year behind them and they went 9-2 during the 2016 season.

2020 OFFICIAL High School Football Junior All-America Team - OFFICIAL
2020 MaxPreps High School Football Junior All-America Team
Each year since 2006, MaxPreps has recognized the nation's top high school football players. Past members of the MaxPreps Junior All-America Team include Jadeveon Clowney (2009), Jameis Winston (2010), Derrick Henry (2011), Deshaun Watson (2012), Kyler Murray (2013), Nick Bosa (2014), Najee Harris (2015), Trevor Lawrence (2016), Kayvon Thibodeaux (2017) and D.J. Uiagalelei (2018).

National Junior of the Year selection Travis Hunter of Collins Hill (Suwanee, Ga.) headlines the 2020 MaxPreps High School Football Junior All-America Team. The five-star Florida State commit finished had with 137 receptions for 1,746 yards and 24 touchdowns for the Eagles while recording 51 tackles and eight interceptions on defense.

He led Collins Hill to its first state title game appearance and is a rare athlete who could be a five-star recruit either at cornerback or wide receiver.

Selections are based on team success, individual production and local, regional state honors from the recently completed season. Potential at the college and professional level is not a primary consideration.
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
First Team Offense

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 180
Led the Chaps to a 6A Division 1 state title and No. 3 spot in the final MaxPreps Top 25 rankings. Accounted for over 4,000 yards of total offense (3,495 passing, 583 rushing) and 50 touchdowns.

Height: 5-9 | Weight: 170
MaxPreps Oklahoma Player of the Year rushed for 1,744 yards and 25 touchdowns for the three-time defending 6A-II champs. Added 57 receptions for 727 yards and 10 scores.

Height: 5-11 | Weight: 205
Rushed for 2,155 yards and 30 touchdowns in 11 games.

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 195
Oklahoma commit was selected on the Class 3A first team by the Missouri Football Coaches Association.

Height: 5-8 | Weight: 170
Led largest classification in Alabama with 18 total touchdowns and racked up more than 1,600 total yards for the No. 6 team in the country.

Height: 6-5 | Weight: 210
The top-rated tight end in his class on 247Sports composite rankings had nearly 1,000 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns for the AAA runners-up.

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 315
Dominated opposing lineman playing against the best competition.

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 265
The top-rated offensive lineman from Texas in his class dominated this season.

Height: 6-6 | Weight: 285
Has landed over 35 FBS offers and excels in pass and run blocking.

Height: 6-6 | Weight: 300
Helped Explorers to an 8-0 record and 8A Tri-County championship in 2020, a season after helping St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) to a 7A state title as a sophomore.

Height: 6-6 | Weight: 315
Clemson commit did not allow a sack during his junior year.

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 165
Junior Player of the Year hauled in 137 receptions for 1,746 yards and 24 touchdowns while recording 51 tackles and eight interceptions on defense.

Height: 5-10 | Weight: 145
One of the strongest legs in the country already has offers from Florida, LSU and Tennessee.

First Team Defense

DL Jeremiah Alexander, Thompson (Alabaster, Ala.)
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 235
Former Alabama pledge racked up 116 tackles, 31 tackles for loss and nine sacks for the back-to-back 7A champs.

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 225
Played a major role on defense for the 5A state champs, finishing with a team-high 15.5 sacks.
Height: 6-5 | Weight: 255
Four-star defensive tackle had 17 sacks and 19 tackles for loss in 2020.

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 240
Has been a standout on the defensive line for the last two years playing against the state's best competition.

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 230
Oklahoma commit was a monster during his junior year and has some of the game's most impressive tape.

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 195
Does it all at a high level from the linebacker position. Helped the Rockets to a Top 25 finish and back-to-back 6A championships.

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 200
One of the most underrated prospects finished with 140 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, five sacks and three interceptions for the ninth-ranked team in the country.

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 180
As good as any defensive back in the country, regardless of class.

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 170
Recent Ohio State commit made a big-time impact on both sides of the ball.

DB Kamari Wilson, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 195
Ascenders went wire-to-wire as the No. 1 team in the country and Wilson stood out on defense every week.

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 190
Bounced back in 2020 and shutdown opposing wide receivers all year after missing sophomore campaign with a torn ACL.

Height: 6-0 | Weight: 180
Five-star recruit hauled in 52 receptions for 902 yards and 10 touchdowns while recording four interceptions on defense.

Height: 5-11 | Weight: 170
Finished eighth in the nation averaging 45.2 yards per punt and also connected on 10-of-15 field goals.

Second Team Offense

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 195
Top-rated 2022 prospect led the Dragons to first state title game appearance since 2011. Finished with 2,442 yards passing and 28 touchdowns in eight games.

Height: 5-11 | Weight: 195
MaxPreps Tennessee Player of the Year rushed for 2,010 yards and 24 touchdowns in nine games.

Height: 5-9 | Weight: 175
MaxPreps Arkansas Player of the Year put up video game numbers for the 5A champs. Rushed for 1,925 yards and 23 touchdowns averaging 10.2 yards per carry to go with 80 receptions for 1,068 yards and nine scores.

WR Cody Hagen, Corner Canyon (Draper, Utah)
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 175
Three-star wide receiver had a touchdown in all 14 games this year and finished with 55 receptions for 1,184 yards and 18 scores for the 6A champs.

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 185
Oklahoma commit hauled in 61 receptions for 1,152 yards and 14 touchdowns for the runner-up in 6A-I. 

TE RJ Maryland, Southlake Carroll (Southlake, Texas)
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 210
Had nearly 800 yards receiving and 13 touchdowns averaging over 24 yards per catch for the No. 15 team in the nation.

Height: 6-5 | Weight: 295
Clemson commit is one of the most physical and athletic offensive lineman in the game.

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 315
Eagles have had some great offensive lineman come through their program and Dewberry continues that legacy.

Height: 6-5 | Weight: 255
Dominated on both sides of the ball. He's also a standout pitcher in baseball.

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 315
LSU commit helped the Saints to an undefeated season and 5A state title.

Height: 6-5 | Weight: 305
One of the best all-around offensive lineman in the country has already landed 30 FBS offers.

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 220
The 2018 Freshman of the Year accounted for over 4,700 yards of total offense (3,128 passing, 1,581 rushing) and 71 touchdowns.

Height: 6-0 | Weight: 175
Helped Cougars to first state championship game appearance since 1960. Connected on 16-of-19 field goals as a junior.

Second Team Defense

Height: 6-5 | Weight: 250
Made an impact on defense and helped Trojans to first state title since 2015 and a No. 12 spot in the MaxPreps Top 25.

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 300
Top-rated defensive tackle in the Class of 2022 dominated in the trenches during his junior year.

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 325
Raiders won their first state title since 2002 and Alexander was a standout player for the No. 8 team in the country.

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 215
Expect the Power 5 offers to start coming for "Deuce" after a strong junior season. He racked up 13.5 sacks and 19 tackles for loss playing against Arizona's best competition.

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 200
Top-rated outside linebacker dominated on both sides of the ball.

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 220
Selected to the Ohio All-State first team after registering 61 tackles, six tackles for loss, four sacks, four forced fumbles and an interception. The Ohio State commit added 594 yards rushing and six touchdowns on offense.

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 215
Can line up anywhere on defense and play at a high level. The Ohio State pledge checks in as the third-rated outside linebacker in the Class of 2022 on 247Sports.

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 190
Eighth-rated prospect in the Class of 2022 can lock down any wide receiver in the country.

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 200
Played a major role on defense for the No. 4 team and three-time defending 6A state champs.

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 170
Quarterbacks rarely looked his direction during his junior season and he also shined on offense in 2020.

Height: 6-5 | Weight: 220
Ohio State commit was named the MaxPreps Kansas Player of the Year after a strong junior season.

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 195
Magic happens when he gets his hands on the ball. The five-star prospect impacts the game at high level in all three phases.

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 180
Averaged better than 41 yards per punt and connected on 15-of-17 field goals. Was a first team selection on the Georgia All-State team as a kicker.
High school football: IMG Academy head coach Bobby Acosta leaving for Texas program - OFFICIAL
High school football: IMG Academy head coach Bobby Acosta leaving for Texas program
Earlier this week, one of the premier high school football programs in Texas made a high-profile hire as former SMU and Arkansas head coach Chad Morris was brought on board by Allen. Not to be outdone, Del Valle made a splashy hire of its own Friday.

After leading IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) to a national title last season, Bobby Acosta is leaving the Sunshine State after one year to take over at the Austin-area program, the school announced in a press release.

Under Acosta, IMG Academy went 8-0 in 2020 and was the wire-to-wire national No. 1. The Ascenders outscored opponents 381-82.

"I knew I found my new home after meeting with Athletic Director Tawni Angel and Superintendent Dr. Annette Tielle," Acosta said in a statement released by the school. "Del Valle has a culture of excellence and wants to infuse our students with the tools to be successful."

Acosta spent time coaching at the college level before taking over at IMG Academy. He was the offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach at Minnesota's College of St. Scholastica in 2019 and coached at Bucknell (2017-18), Cornell (2016) and Syracuse (2014-15) before that.

At Del Valle, Acosta replaces Charles Burton, who stepped down after last season. Burton went 29-51 and was the longest-tenured head coach in school history. Five-star wide receiver Caleb Burton announced he will not be playing his senior season for the Cardinals after his father stepped down.

IMG Academy instantly becomes one of the hottest jobs on the market for any head coach. Nine players expected to return are featured in 247Sports' look at the top prospects in the Class of 2023.

Former Rancho Verde (Moreno Valley, Calif.) quarterback A.J. Duffy takes over under center while Kamari Wilson (S), Kaytron Allen (RB), Tyler Booker (OT), Daylen Everette (CB) and Malik Bryant (OLB) are all four-star prospects expected to return.

Other highly-touted prospects transferring into the program this year include athlete Keon Sabb, offensive tackle Francis Mauigoa, offensive tackle Drew Shelton, tight end Jack Pederson, cornerback Malik Muhammad, athlete Joenel Aguero and defensive end Cameron Lenhardt.
Bobby Acosta is leaving IMG Academy after one year, setting off the program's second coaching search in as many years.
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Bobby Acosta is leaving IMG Academy after one year, setting off the program's second coaching search in as many years.