J.J. McCarthy’s senior season of high school football begins Friday.
And it’ll take place on a national stage.
McCarthy, Michigan football’s top-ranked commitment in the 2021 class, will lead IMG Academy against Venice (Fla.) High School on Friday night (8 p.m.) in a game that is scheduled to air on ESPNU.
McCarthy, a five-star quarterback ranked No. 16 overall according to 247Sports, will make his anticipated debut with IMG Academy after transferring to the powerhouse this offseason. He previously played at Nazareth (Ill.) Academy, leading the team to one state title and three title game appearances in his time there.
Because of the COVID-induced uncertainty surrounding Illinois high school football this offseason, McCarthy chose to transfer to IMG, which will also allow him to graduate early and enroll at Michigan in January.
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Located in Bradenton, Florida, IMG annually features some of the nation’s top high school talent. This year’s roster includes five-star offensive tackle J.C. Latham (Alabama), five-star receiver Jacorey Brooks (Alabama) and four-star offensive lineman Greg Crippen, who is also committed to Michigan.
Venice High School, meanwhile, features Michigan State commitment Charles Brantley, a three-star cornerback ranked No. 694 overall. The Spartans are also recruiting cornerback Steffan Johnson, a teammate of Brantley’s who is a three-star cornerback ranked No. 1,475 overall.
The two teams played last season, with IMG winning, 46-7.
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