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2011 Top Mid-Major Men's Classes

Two weeks ago, TennisRecruiting.net began publishing its annual recruiting class rankings.

We continue our rankings today with a look at the top college recruiting classes from the "mid-major" programs - programs outside of the so-called "high-major" conferences that are slotted into BCS football bowl games.

Many mid-major schools compete at a very high level. In Division I post-season play, mid-major teams posted nine match wins in the 2011 NCAA team tournament, sending two teams through to Stanford. Mid-major schools have won national titles in the singles, doubles, and team events.

Many quality teams also compete in Division II, Division III, NAIA, NJCAA, and CCC - where they vie for national titles every year.


Top 25 Mid-Major Men's Recruiting Classes (through May 20)

Today, the Tennis Recruiting Network is excited to present the Top 25 Mid-Major Men's Recruiting Classes for 2011.

The mid-major rankings include all colleges in all divisions except for those in the "high-major conferences". The high-major conferences for tennis include schools affiliated with Bowl Championship Series conferences - the ACC, Big East, Big 10, Big 12, Pac 12, and SEC - as well as the Ivy League.

As is our policy, in these rankings we did not consider incoming transfer students.

Without further ado, here are our Top 25...

Rank School Rating  Name State
1 UC Santa Barbara Gregory Scott CA
    Mons Knudtzon NOR
    Ziad Sultan KUW
2 Navy Calvin Mark CA
    Tyler Burnett GA
    Blake Daniel KS
    Peter McDonald NC
3 George Washington Aaron Poliak TX
    Michael Kachkar FL
    Francisco Dias POR
    Javier Munoz CHI
4 New Mexico James Hignett GBR
    Samir Iftikar GBR
5 Fordham Abraham Hsu TX
    Jan Krouham FL
    Jonahiby Tauil NY
    Peder Gram OR
    Michael Puntillo NY
    Srikar Alla IND
    Sebastian Chylinski POL
    Jakub Kowalski POL
    Shuo Wang CHN
6 Charlotte Jack Williams GA
    Alex Calott NC
    Ryan Hudelson AR
    Kamil Khalil LIB
7 CMS Warren Wood CA
    Cameron Bernhardt CA
    Nikolas Marino CA
8 Johns Hopkins Tanner Brown TX
    Ben Hwang FL
    Noah Joachim NJ
    Jensen Reiter NY
    Sam Weissler NC
    Edward Corty FL
    Andrew Zhong PA
    David Greenbaum NY
9 UC Irvine Jacob Jung CA
    Shuhei Shibahara CA
    Mika Decoster CA
10 Elon Andrew Pecht MD
    Jordan Kaufman NY
    Christopher Geaslen NC
11 San Diego Andrew Raphaelson NV
    Garrett Taylor CA
    Andrew Carlisle CA
    Ciaran Fitzgerald IRL
12 Furman Luke Synn NC
    Jacob Behal SC
    Norman Chang GA
    Beau Harrison GA
13 Boise State Spencer Simon CA
    Garrett Patton ID
14 Florida Atlantic Garrett Betsarakis FL
    Will Neuner FL
    Sean Bacha FL
    Robert Dubuque FL
    Jacob Rother TX
15 Lipscomb Daniel Hernandez TX
    Stuart Tierney OR
16 Southern Miss Michael Elortegui CA
    Andrew Goodwin GA
    Max De Juan ESP
    Dudley Smith RSA
17 Butler Thomas Marx OH
    Austin Woldmoe IN
    Billy Weldon OH
    Sam O'Neill NZL
18 Army Alex Van Velzer TX
    Roman Cacha NC
    Daniel Shutov NJ
    Peter Sienko MI
    Kevin Song CA
19 Liberty Wayne Harrell CT
    Dillon Segur NC
    Jorge Andres Azuero COL
    Paul Polarczyk FL
20 Emory Eric Halpern NY
    Alex Ruderman NJ
    Tyler Gadbois CA
    Brian Kowalski FL
21 Carnegie Mellon Johnny Wang CA
    Thomas Cooper NM
    William Duncan CA
    Christian Heaney-Secord MA
    Vinit Palayekar NJ
    Bryce Beisswanger CA
    Roshan Sriram CA
22 Rice Justin To HKG
23 Toledo Grant Adams TX
    Tomas Stillman TX
    Nicholas Wong OH
    Garrett Cona OH
    Ryan Jorgensen OH
24 UCSD Erik Lim CA
    Andrew Malozsak CA
    Ganesh Alagappan CA
    Trevor Dell CA
    Guy Giubilato CA
    Kona Luu CA
    Horea Porutiu CA
    Matthew Chung CA
    Pai-Kuan Peng CA
    Jaime Soliz CA
25 Georgia Southern Kyle Hoffman FL
    Carson Jones GA
    Andrew Dromsky GA

Honorable Mention

Other men's programs that received strong consideration from our experts are (listed alphabetically): Air Force, Bryant, Duquesne, Kenyon, Lehigh, Mary Washington, Redlands, Richmond, Wash U. - St. Louis, Wright State.


Head of the Class

Head Coach Marty Davis and his UCSB Gauchos have to be excited about the four newcomers coming to Santa Barbara this fall. The quartet is led by in-state Blue Chip Gregory Scott, a recruit that we profiled back in the fall. Add in a pair of outstanding players from overseas Mons Knudtzon (Norway) and Ziad Sultan (Kuwait) - in addition to Mbonisi Ndimande, a top junior college transfer who represented Zimbabwe in Davis Cup competition - and you get the top recruiting class among mid-majors.

The U.S. Naval Academy was a close second, bringing in a quartet of talented recruits of its own. The highest-rated of those recruits is Calvin Mark, winner of the Easter Bowl doubles title in 2009.

George Washington - whose recruiting class includes a pair of recruits with ATP ranking points - checks in at No. 3 on our list. The New Mexico Lobos and Fordham Rams round out the Top 5.


State Breakdowns

The 25 schools in our recruiting class rankings have a broad geographical spread - representing 16 states and the District of Columbia.

As usual, California teams are making a strong showing, with five programs appearing in our list. In addition to top-ranked UC Santa Barbara, ranked teams from the Golden State include Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (No. 7), UC Irvine (9), San Diego (11), and UC San Diego (24).

Other states with multiple programs in the rankings are Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, and New York - all with two programs apiece.


Conference Call

The Atlantic 10 and SoCon each have three programs in the Top 25 to lead all conferences.

All of the A10 representatives are among the Top 6: George Washington (No. 3), Fordham (5), and Charlotte (6).

Teams the from SoCon in the rankings are Elon (10), Furman (12), and Georgia Southern (25).

Other Division I conferences with multiple representatives in the rankings are the Big West, Conference USA, Mountain West, and Patriot League.

Also of note in these rankings are five programs outside of NCAA Division I. UC San Diego (No. 24) represents Division II, while Division III is represented by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (7), Johns Hopkins (8), Emory (20), and Carnegie Mellon (21). Look for these four D-III schools in our upcoming D-III recruiting class rankings.


Next Wednesday... The Women

Looking for the women's list? Come back on Wednesday. On June 8th, TennisRecruiting.net will release its ranking of the top 25 women's mid-major recruiting classes. Shortly afterwards, we will wrap up this ranking season with our lists of the top NCAA Division III programs.


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