IMG coach: Vols offer scholarships to 20 football players
Days before Michigan starts spring practice in Florida at IMG Academy, Tennessee offered scholarships to 20 football players from the boarding school.
IMG football coach Kevin Wright posted on Twitter that the Volunteers made an ''unprecedented move'' on Friday. Scholarship offers are non-binding along with oral commitments recruits make to schools.
Wright listed the 20 players in his tweet. Thirteen are in the class of 2017, including Josh Kaindoh, a defensive lineman considered one of the best recruits in the country. Six are juniors and one, offensive lineman EJ Ndoma Ogar, is in the class of 2019.
IMG's campus is in Bradenton, Florida, but it draws top players for all over the country and plays a national schedule.
Earlier this week, the president of the Texas High School Coaches' Association criticized IMG Academy in an open letter for luring players from out of state and called it a threat to the profession.
Michigan will hold four spring practices at IMG next week, including one on Friday that will be open to the public. Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh's decision to move spring ball to the South has been criticized by the commissioners of the Southeastern Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference.
The trip coincides with Michigan's spring break and traditionally football programs give players off during that time.