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2012 Top NCAA Division III Men's Classes
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We wrap up our final week of recruiting class rankings with a look at the top classes from NCAA Division III. Today we put out our third annual rankings of the men's programs. On Friday, we will wrap things up with a look at the top women's classes.

 

Top 25 NCAA D-III Men's Recruiting Classes (through May 21)

TennisRecruiting.net is excited to present the Top 25 NCAA Division III Men's Recruiting Classes for 2012. This list is based on commitments reported on or before May 21, 2012.

We enlisted the help of a number of NCAA Division III enthusiasts and insiders to aid in the rankings. While we do not publish a list of our helpers, we appreciate their assistance.

And now, without further ado, the Top 25...

Rank School Rating  Name State
1 Amherst Andrew Yaraghi NY
    Aaron Revzin MA
    Michael Solimano NJ
    Russell Einbinder CT
    Benjamin Fife NY
    Carlos de Bracamonte FL
2 Emory Rafe Mosetick IL
    Will Adams IN
    Eric Brinzenskiy NY
    Declan Hahn PA
3 Williams Howard Weiss NY
    Brian Astrachan CT
    Alexander Schidlovsky NY
    Blake Mackall CA
4 Middlebury Palmer Campbell TN
    Ari Smolyar NJ
    Jackson Frons CA
    Allen Jackson NC
5 Carnegie Mellon Abhishek Alla IND
    Yuvraj Kumar IND
    Kosuke Hasegawa CA
    Derek Tzeng CA
    Paul Okuda HI
6 Johns Hopkins Nicholas Garcia FL
    Christopher Jou NY
    Nathan Law CA
7 Wash U. - St. Louis Tyler Kratky CT
    Joshua Cogan IL
8 Tufts Jayson Glickman NY
    Robert Jacobson IL
    Josh Girson KS
    Nikola Telkedzhiev BUL
    Karl Wilander ID
9 Chicago Gordon Zhang IL
    Jake Crawford NY
    Tory Tronrud CAN
    William Leddy TX
10 CMS Lestter Yeh CA
    Travis Tu CA
    Skyler Butts CA
    Oliver Seifert TX
    Bryan Mehall CO
11 MIT Kevin Wang PA
    Jeffrey Bu CA
12 Kenyon Tristan Kaye FL
    Robert Turlington MN
    Samuel Geier IN
13 Bowdoin Luke Trinka IL
    Chase Savage NJ
    Hugh Mo NY
14 Haverford Luis Acaba PR
    Zachary Mason GA
15 Stevens Matthew Heinrich TN
    Benjamin Foran WI
    J.T. Fischer TX
    Tyler Tisdale TX
    Jacob Thigpen AL
16 Whittier David Konstantinov CA
    Samuel Farmer CA
    Boulton Brynteson CO
17 Case Western Christopher Krimbill AZ
    Viswajit Simhadri CA
    Santiago Guerra MI
    Nicolas Erturkuner TX
    Peter Smetona OH
    Kishore Damodaran MN
    Louie Stuerke KS
18 Coast Guard Robert Renfrow MD
    Mark Guentert GA
    Peter Salomon VA
    Weston Fortna PA
19 Sewanee Connor Winkler LA
    Eric Roddy TN
    Sean Laughlin LA
    Nelson Jetmundsen AL
    Brian Tudor NY
20 Wesleyan (CT) Michael King TN
    Samuel Rudovsky PA
    Zachary Brint IL
    Cole Phillips VA
21 Washington & Lee Brian Krouskos GA
    Thomas Johnson SC
    John Kirby FL
    Michael Holt VA
    Miller Merchant SC
    Griffin Johns IL
    Robert Eckstein LA
    Sam Borowsky PA
    Jordan Missal MD
22 Trinity (CT) Aaron Segel MA
    Ford Traff MN
    Camden Smith MA
    Daniel Larkins MD
    Andrew Leffler TX
23 DePauw Alec Kaczkowski MO
    Nicholas Makowiecki IL
    Nick Thompson IN
    Brandon Peters CA
    Matthew Harlan OH
24 Swarthmore William Lennon OH
    Matthew Hirsh IL
    Jess Karol MA
    William Chung CA
25 Whitman Noah Lee CA
    Alexander Noyes WA
 

Also Receiving Consideration

A team of D-III insiders - including the folks at Division 3 Tennis - reviewed the resumes of 50 top D-III recruiting classes to come up with these rankings. Other recruiting classes put forward by the insiders that almost made our list are (alphabetically) as follows: Earlham, Pomona-Pitzer, Rochester, Skidmore, Trinity (TX), and Virginia Wesleyan.

 

Return of the Jeffs

After three straight appearances in the NCAA finals from 2009-2011 - including a national title in 2011 - top-seeded Amherst College lost a 5-3 decision last month to Washington University in the quarterfinals of the 2012 NCAA D-III Championships. But don't feel too bad for the Lord Jeffs - they have a strong crop of talent coming to Western Massachusetts next year.

Head Coach Chris Garner and his assistant, Matt Leitl, are bringing in a six-man class that our experts unanimously selected as the No. 1 class in the nation. Four of the six recruits rank among the Top 5 in their state, including 5-Star senior Andrew Yaraghi and No. 1 in-state recruit Aaron Revzin.

 
Give Me Five

Things get more complicated as you move through the rankings, but the schools in the 2-5 positions received a lot of support from our experts.

The national champion Emory Eagles, are bringing in a stellar four-man class that includes three 4-Star recruits. The Eagles graduate their top two singles players - including NCAA singles champion Dillon Pottish - but the rest of their singles lineup consists of rising sophomores. Emory should certainly be in the mix again next season.

Williams, Middlebury, and Carnegie Mellon round out the Top 5.

 
Conference Call

When looking over these rankings, you cannot help but notice the presence of the New England Small College Athletic Conference and University Athletic Association. Those two conferences - with a total of 19 programs - have fielded 12 of the Top 25 recruiting classes, including eight of the Top 10 and all of the Top 5.

The NESCAC, headlined by the No. 1 class from Amherst, is also represented by Williams (No. 3), Middlebury (4), Tufts (8), Bowdoin (13), Wesleyan (20), and Trinity (22).

The smaller UAA counters with Emory (No. 2), Carnegie Mellon (5), Washington (7), Chicago (9), and Case Western (17).

The only other conference with more than two classes in the rankings is the Centennial Conference with three ranked programs.

 
New Arrivals

Four programs are making their first-ever appearance in the D-III recruiting class rankings, starting with the Stevens Institute of Technology from Hoboken, N.J.

Head coach Steve Gachko led the Ducks to a great year in 2012, posting a perfect record in Empire 8 conference and tournament play, and advancing to the second round of the NCAA tournament for only the third time in school history. Next year, Stevens welcomes a five-man class that includes 4-Star senior Matthew Heinrich.

Other programs making their debut in the rankings are Whittier (No. 16), Coast Guard (18), and Wesleyan (20).

On the flip side, there are ten programs that have appeared in all three of our D-III recruiting class rankings.

 
Coming Friday... the Women

On Friday, we conclude our look at 2012 recruiting classes with our Division III women's lists.

 

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