IMG Academy sets record with 7 former players chosen in the 2021 NFL Draft

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IMG Academy, which has become a national high school football power by attracting 4-and-5 star talent from around the nation, is celebrating a fantastic 2021 NFL Draft. In Cleveland, of this past weekend’s three day event, seven former Ascenders heard their name called, which is a new record for the most players ever taken from one school in one draft.

IMG Picks

No. 26 Cleveland Browns – Greg Newsome II, CB

No. 65 Jacksonville Jaguars – Andre Cisco, S

No. 66 Minnesota Vikings – Kellen Mond, QB

No. 95 Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Robert Hainsey, OG

No. 97 Los Angeles Chargers – Tre’ McKitty, TE

No. 144 Kansas City Chiefs – Joshua Kaindoh, DE

No. 222 Carolina Panthers – Thomas Fletcher, LS

Related: Pick-by-Pick in 2021 NFL Draft

The previous record for a single draft was four players, which was held by IMG (2020) and fellow Florida-power St. Thomas Aquinas (2014).

American Heritage out of Plantation, Florida also broke the old record. The Patriots, coached by former NFL defensive back Patrick Surtain, Sr., had six players taken, including his son Pat II.

Related: Pat Surtain named High School Football America Coach of the Year

Florida led all states with 37 former players being drafted this year. Texas was second with 33.

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