About the College Recruiting Lists
Each week, we update the College Recruiting Lists for all boys and girls
classes. These lists use a weighted head-to-head ranking algorithm to
determine the top junior tennis players in the United States. These
lists are used by college coaches across the country at all levels as
a tool for college recruiting.
Players: Update Your Graduation Year!
The TennisRecruiting.net College Recruiting Lists are unique in that they
are broken down by high school graduation year rather than age
or ability level. For this reason, we need to have your graduation
year on file to place you on the proper list. If you are a current
player, create a free account and update
your graduation year.
The College Recruiting Lists at TennisRecruiting.net have several characteristics
that make them different from other lists. Here are some characteristics
of this ranking system:
- As mentioned above, the College Recruiting Lists are broken down
by high school graduation year.
- All matches across all age divisions for the past
twelve months from events that qualify are used in rankings
- These lists use a head-to-head system rather than a points
system: the quality of your opponents matters while the round that you
reach in a particular tournament does not.
- To be eligible for the recruiting list, a player must:
(1) update his/her graduation year, (2) compete in at least three
tournaments during the preceding twelve-month period, and (3) win at
least three matches in those tournaments.
Frequently Asked Questions
For answers to more general questions about our rankings or this
web site, check out our Frequently Asked
How often are the College Recruiting Lists updated?
Lists are updated weekly: boys lists on Tuesdays, and girls lists
How is my College Recruiting List ranking calculated?
The College Recruiting List rankings use a head-to-head ranking
system that rewards players for playing higher-ranked players. While
a loss to someone ranked high above you does not penalize you, a win
over that same player can really help your ranking.
Why is my College Recruiting List ranking higher than my
The College Recruiting Lists and TennisRPI are different ranking
systems that use different criteria in their rankings. That said, the
rankings are often similar since there are many factors that keep them
in line with each other.
Consider the following example that could lower a player's
TennisRPI ranking with no impact on the College Recruiting List
ranking: a player defeats an opponent with a very low ranking, a low
win percentage, and a low strength of schedule (SoS). Wins over
players ranked far below do not even count towards a player's College
Recruiting List ranking, but the win will likely lower the TennisRPI
which factors in SoS.
I was looking at the College Recruiting List, and I noticed a
2-star player mixed in with the 5-star and Blue Chip players near the
top of the list. What is going on?
Twice each year, TennisRecruiting.net awards its Top Prospects
ratings based on the College Recruiting List rankings.
Over the course of the year, player rankings can increase or
decrease substantially, resulting in players with "lower" ratings
showing up near the top of the lists. Such players have improved their
Likewise, since the rankings only use results from the past twelve
months, a player who stops competing and lets his player record
shorten may see his/her rankings decrease.