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  1. That Armwood and Mater Dei are on different tiers is totally irrelevant to the discussion here. IMG took the best players from BOTH of them. The rest of your post simply follows what I said above. Players appear headed to the top programs that they can be used in. Whether that be a Spoto player going to Wiregrass Ranch, a Wiregrass Ranch player going to Armwood, or an Armwood player going to IMG, the result is that there are fewer programs with enough good players to be remotely competitive. Gradually, over time, players who can jump out of a non-competitive program to one that is competing will do so. Eventually, the school they left is going to end up short enough of a squad to justify the money and practice time. First, only the Spoto's will drop the sport. Then, schools like Wiregrass may be in the same boat down the road. And then the Armwood's are going to start to have a hard time filling a schedule. By then, more academies will have formed. There will be enough of them to play a full schedule playing teams exclusively like themselves. And they will operate entirely outside the scope of state associations like the FHSAA. And the kids at those top public programs like Armwood will look around and realize they can get more specialized training at an academy. A public school with a very limited budget doesn't figure to be able to keep up forever. Again, I'm talking about what may happen by, say, 2050. So, responding with observations about what is happening right now in 2020 will...ensure you get the last word, which may be your priority anyway.
  2. You're talking about this exact moment in time. I'm anticipating 20-30 years from now. IMG took the top player from Mater Dei last year (though Bryce Young ended up being more highly ranked in some circles). They took Armwood's top player for next year (Agiye Hall). Preferences will vary from player to player. But, if they can get the top players on Mater Dei and Armwood, they are able to get players from any program.
  3. Well, sure, I think they've steered clear of any accusations of falsifying a resume. But, I think the Columbia part is presented in such a way as to allow more credulous lay persons to assume he has a degree from Columbia.
  4. There has been a clear trend towards specialization throughout society. If you told someone 20-30 years ago that nobody watches the nightly news and nobody gets the local paper delivered for the latest in sports, people would've thought you were crazy. But, along came Sportcenter, and then dozens of other such programs. And the internet exploded shortly thereafter. Now, nobody waits around for the 11pm news to get sports news and scores. Nobody receives the newspaper looking for sports news and scores. I think, at some point a couple of decades from now, nobody will look to a school sports team to further a career in that sport. Casual participants will be happy with a sort of club version of the sport. The more ambitious players will seek out academies that are separate from schools.
  5. Not terribly surprising to hear Ransom may end up at Lakeland. But, I'm not sure he'll be an upgrade over Mason Martin. Shockingly, Chayil Garnett was not an upgrade. Martin had Lakeland's offense looking good before Garnett came back from injury. Garnett failed to distinguish himself from 0* Dymonski McWilliams IMO.
  6. Certainly in football, you have two separate trends impacting participation rates. First, there is the CTE matter which figures to lead to a decline. Then, there is the "Super team" phenomenon. The top players are congregating at fewer schools. This makes those teams who lose those players unable to compete, which is not merely "not fun", but also leads to even more danger for players. A QB or RB trying to play behind an OL that is getting thoroughly mauled is at much greater risk for serious injury, for example. Players who are not good enough to be desired by one of the handful of elite powers are going to start giving up the sport entirely. Now, there is always the option to follow what we see at colleges. There can be "club" type of sports programs. This allows for teamwork and the general benefits of extracurricular activities to still exist, without schools having to invest as much money for things like traveling to away games, more sophisticated resources etc. The other sports already see a significant-typically greater-influence of specialty academies and/or AAU teams. Many college and pro scouts in basketball actually skip over talking to HS coaches and instead seek out the AAU coach and handlers. I think schools, public schools anyway, are going to see the handwriting on the wall and let the specialty sports academies do their thing for aspiring pro athletes. This will allow them to fully focus on academics. And you won't see kids transferring around. They can just sign on to whatever academy independent of where they attend high school.
  7. I sure hope this isn't the case. But, I really wouldn't be surprised if it was. We are watching high school sports moving towards extinction. Give it 20 years. Checkback in 2040, and I bet sports for this age group consist of academies and/or AAU style sports specialty groups. The actual high schools will gradually stop investing the time and money.
  8. Right, it was a certificate from a six course, online sport management thing.
  9. Yup, I've been reading and commenting at length on that one over on a national forum. Beyond the obvious issues with their needing to build facilities and not having permits, that whole operation just screams "academic fraud". I'm an outspoken advocate for the power of properly implemented digital tools. But, they aren't meant to allow some middle-aged man, who really only wants football glory, to be able to just purchase a package and suddenly have a full high school, worthy of granting diplomas that are honored by legitimate accrediting agencies.
  10. It is clear there is a rise in these "Academies" that purport themselves to be almighty in the hopes of persuading teenagers to sign up. That they pose as actual schools as well represents an attack on public education. Actually, it is an attack on private education as well in a sense. Schools that have been around for decades and have been held to the highest of standards and placed under significant scrutiny are now being challenged by new "schools" that are ran, often, by novices. American Collegiate Academy in Clearwater, Florida is an example. The school director, who is the person who created and served as the director of the athletics program, does not appear to have a college degree and is currently an UNDERGRAD at the University of Tampa. There is an attempt made to portray him as having a degree from Columbia, but a little digging reveals that he merely holds a certificate from a six course, online-only "Sports Industry Essentials" program. linkedin profile for school director, ACA The extension program certificate in sports from Columbia I think a lot of self-described "free market champions" are inclined to support these kinds of schools popping up because they only see an increase in competition. "What could hurt?", they ask. Lost in all of that is the fact that, quite frequently, the people in charge of running schools are not the least bit qualified to run a school. Should any parent want to send their kids to a "Collegiate Academy", whose vision includes rhetoric about " ...in order that they may be better prepared for the rigor of “higher education.” ", when the SCHOOL DIRECTOR himself has not yet earned a bachelor's degree? I'm certain he has a wonderful smile and an AMAZING handshake. So, he's probably really persuasive for some folks.
  11. Tough sh*t. Tell them that's what they get for choosing a school based on who the football coach is.
  12. It is actually Deerfield Beach, with 5 wins in that span.
  13. Would need to be five or more wins from 2004-present to top Lakeland. Pretty sure there isn't a team meeting that criteria.
  14. Sure, the coaching is likely better, which in turn attracts more players.
  15. Maybe not 90%, but a percentage MUCH higher than their enrollment would suggest they'd have.
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