Baylor coach Matt Rhule said Tuesday that his coaching staff won’t recruit at high school programs like IMG Academy in Florida that draw players out of the state of Texas.
Rhule made the comments at a Texas High School Coaches Association (THSCA) clinic, according to KCEN’s Jessica Morrey. IMG is one of a few high school programs in the nation that recruit top players from Texas and other states to help fill their rosters.
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Rhule has repeatedly emphasized the need to recruit Texas well, and his comments probably endeared him to the state’s high school coaches after IMG has gotten a number of the state’s top players in recent years.
Some notable recruits to leave the state for IMG recently include 5-star running back Noah Cain from Denton Guyer and former 4-star receiver Jhamon Ausbon from Houston St. Thomas. Four-star Yoakum receiver Joshua Moore transferred to IMG for his senior year, but has since transferred back to Yoakum.
Rhule isn’t alone in his stance against the Florida powerhouse. Earlier in the week, Texas head coach Tom Herman said he would discourage in-state players from transferring to play at IMG.
“I’d be happy–if you’ve got any kids out there that are thinking about moving – if you want to put me in touch with them and me telling them it’s not going to matter in terms of their recruitment because it doesn’t,” Herman said, according to the Houston Chronicle’s Adam Coleman.
Baylor reportedly did add former IMG running back John-Marcus Carruthers this offseason, but he did not have a scholarship offer and is joining the team as a walk-on.