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Top Men's Classes - 2011 Spring Rankings
by TennisRecruiting.net, 23 May 2011
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The NCAA Championships continue to rage on in Stanford, California, where the 2011 NCAA Division I Tennis Championships are now through to the semifinals. In men's action, top-seeded Virginia and two-time defending champion USC will try to continue their march by holding off Ohio State and Georgia, respectively.
But before the matches begin, TennisRecruiting.net casts an eye to the future - and the top recruiting classes that will arrive this coming fall. With more than fourteen hundred committed seniors, the majority of schools have completed their recruiting for this year's class.
Today, the Tennis Recruiting Network announces the Top 25 men's recruiting classes for the Class of 2011.
The Tennis Recruiting Network has again enlisted the aid of junior tennis experts to determine the top classes. Reporters, national and international tournament directors, referees, ranking chairmen, and writers from across the country have donated their time and talents to vote on these top classes. Panelists for this voting period are shown below.
Each of our panelists submitted his/her take on the Top 25 recruiting classes. Schools received 25 points for each first-place vote, 24 points for each second-place vote, on down to 1 point for each 25th-place vote. The panelists were told not to consider incoming transfer students in their voting.
Top 25 Men's Recruiting Classes (through May 6)
Here are the Spring Rankings of the top men's college recruiting classes, presented by the Tennis Recruiting Network. The Top 25 classes are shown in order, with the point totals and previous ranking from the winter in the two columns at right. The number of first-place votes is shown in parentheses next to the school name.
New recruits for schools are shown in bold italics. These lists are based on all commitments reported through May 6, 2011.
Also Receiving Votes
Other men's programs receiving votes are: Oklahoma State (37), Fordham (30), Johns Hopkins (21), George Washington (17), Brown (14), Yale (14), Clemson (4), Navy (3), Arizona (2), UC Irvine (2), Texas (1).
Shuffling the Top 5
Close voting at the top of the rankings tipped in favor of the UCLA Bruins in May. Head Coach Billy Martin and his staff were able to reel in two big-time prospects from California - Marcos Giron and Dennis Mkrtchian. Giron has been on fire so far this year, winning titles in Claremont and Carson as well as the Easter Bowl Championship. The UCLA recruiting class collected eight first-place votes against five for No. 2 Vanderbilt, who was the top vote-getter in our Winter Rankings.
The South Carolina Gamecocks check in as the No. 3 recruiting class in the nation, followed by No. 4 Tennessee and No. 5 Cornell, who each garnered one first-place vote.
The More Things Change
There are three new teams in our Top 25, with Louisville gathering the most votes. The Cardinals leaped up to No. 16 in this voting period on the strength of their four-man class that includes a pair of 5-Star recruits and two international players.
Other programs new to the Top 25 are Texas A&M (No. 18) and Ohio State (25), who picked up Blue Chip recruits Jeremy Efferding and Christopher Diaz, respectively.
The newly-minted PAC-12 leads the way with five recruiting classes in our Top 25. In addition to traditional members UCLA (No. 1), USC (8), Stanford (10), and Washington (23), the Utah Utes, who officially join the PAC-12 on July 1, are No. 12 in our rankings.
Close on their heels is the SEC with four ranked recruiting classes, including three of the top four.
The other high-major conferences - ACC, Big East, Big 10, Big 12, and Ivy League - each have three programs in the rankings.
Finally, it is interesting to note that UC Santa Barbara - with Blue Chip recruit Gregory Scott and two international commitments - is the only mid-major program to make the list. The Gauchos check in at No. 24 in our rankings.
Panelists for May 2011
The 15 panelists for this voting period are shown below alphabetically. We sincerely appreciate them donating their time and talents to this effort. Please join us in thanking them when you see them out and about in the tennis world.
- Annette Broersma, National Tournament Director, TennisRecruiting.net contributor, advisor to College Tennis Online, consultant to Wilson Racquet Sports
- Casey Chapin, USTA National Referee and Director, Director, Hudlow Tennis Center
- Sonny Dearth, Daily Press newspaper and dailypress.com Web site in Newport News, Va.
- Tim Donovan, Donovan Tennis Strategies, DTS College Prospects Showcases
- Sally Grabham, National Tournament Director, USTA Winter Nationals, USTA National Junior Competition Committee, President of USTA Central Arizona
- Pua Johnson, USTA National and ITA Collegiate Referee
- Erica Jasper, USTA Junior and Collegiate Competition, USTA Player Development
- Ali Jones, Contributor to TennisRecruiting.net, USTA Texas Junior Tennis Blog
- Ernie Katko, Junior Development Coach in Chicago, USTA High Performance Coach, USPTA, PTR, Member of USTA/Midwest Coaches Commission
- Patty Lambropoulos, Junior Tennis Coordinator, College Park Athletic Club, National Tournament Director, Chicago District Board of Director and Endorser, Midwest Junior Competion Committee.
- Colette Lewis, ZooTennis.com, USTA Hardcourts
- Phil Parrish, Tennis Director, The Longfellow Club, National Tournament Director, Former College Coach
- Jeffrey Szekely, Former National Tournament Director, USTA Clay Courts
- Clayton Taylor, Director of U.S. ITF Hardcourt Championships, Director of Tennis at The Atlantic Club,
- Julie Wrege, TennisInformation.com, TennisRecruiting.net, National Tournament Director, former USTA ranking chair
Rankings, Rankings Everywhere...
These are only the first of our Recruiting Class Rankings. Rankings for the women's classes will be released next Monday, May 30th, followed by rankings of Mid-major as well as NCAA Division III schools.
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