Freedom defensive lineman Scott Patchan announced Sunday that he transferred to IMG Academy.
"It was a last-minute decision," Patchan said. "The facilities are great, and it's a place that will help me get better and get ready for college."
Patchan, a Miami recruit, is rated as a three-star prospect by 247Sports and was part of the Tampa Bay Times' HomeTeam 100 top 10. Last year, Patchan had 47 tackles, six sacks and three fumble recoveries for the 3-7 Patriots.
"The decision to go to IMG was tough," Patchan said. "I'm leaving teammates that I've played with for years, but this was the best place for me."
Patchan is the eighth player from the bay area to join IMG since it started playing high school football as an independent last year. Five of those transfers have come this offseason.