A Texas high school football coach and administrator has warned other public school coaches about the emergence of athletic-centered private high schools he feels could ''destroy our profession.''

Glen West, coach and athletic director at Brenham High School and president of the Texas High School Coaches Association, warned of such schools - naming Florida's IMG Academy specifically - in this month's issue of the ''Texas Coach'' magazine.

In his letter, West accused IMG of recruiting three top football players from Texas to play their senior years next season for the high school in Bradenton, Florida.

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He also says Texas high school coaches are the ''best people'' to prepare players for college football, and he outlines ways to keep students from leaving the state for what he calls ''traveling football'' teams.