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2013 Top Mid-Major Men's Classes
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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 ACC, B1G, Big 12, Ivy League, PAC-12, and SEC.

Many mid-major schools compete at a very high level. In Division I post-season play, Memphis and Pepperdine both advanced to the championship site in Illinois, while Japie De Klerk of Tulsa and Pepperdine's Sebastian Fanselow both advanced to the semifinals of the singles competition. Mid-major schools have won national titles in the singles, doubles, and team events at the D-I level.

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 24)

Today, the Tennis Recruiting Network is excited to present the Top 25 Mid-Major Men's Recruiting Classes for 2013. The mid-major conferences for tennis include programs from the America East, American Athletic, Atlantic 10, Atlantic Sun, Big East, Big Sky, Big South, Big West, CAA, C-USA, Great West, Horizon, MAAC, MAC, MEAC, Missouri Valley, Mountain West, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot, SoCon, Southland, SWAC, Summit, Sun Belt, WCC, and WAC conferences from NCAA Division I - as well as all programs outside of NCAA Division I.

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

Let's take a look at the Top 25...

 
Rank School Rating  Name State
1 South Florida Roberto Cid FL
    Finn Meinecke GER
    Alexandru Gozun FL
    Vadym Kalyuzhnyy UKR
2 Pepperdine Stefan Menichella CA
    Alex Giannini CA
    Alexander Solonin CA
3 North Florida Jack Findel-Hawkins GBR
    Yannick Zuern GER
    Zachary Goldberg FL
    Fabian Pronnet GER
4 Boise State Brendan McClain CA
    Abraham Hewko CA
5 Cal Poly Garrett Auproux CA
    Benjamin Donovan TN
6 Denver Diogo Rocha POR
    Aidan Talcott NY
    Eric Marbach IL
    Alex Gasson GBR
7 George Washington Julius Tverijonas LTU
    Ognjen Samardzic FL
    Daniel Shebshayevich MD
    Daniel O'Connor FL
8 Monmouth Maciej Rajski POL
    Robert Dula CRO
    Damian Okrutny POL
    Christian Vieira TX
    Daniil Ginzburg PA
    W. Kumthonkittikul THA
9 Tulane Chi-Shan Jao TPE
    Sebastian Rey GBR
10 Richmond Jacob Dunbar OH
    Alex Hahn MD
    Jonathan Quenard SUI
    Noah Fenton VA
    Canyon Teague OH
11 UC Santa Barbara Filip Karlsson SWE
    Erik Johnsson SWE
    Teague Hamilton CA
    Corey Karen CA
    Luke Steeb GER
12 William & Mary Addison Appleby CA
    Damon Niquet WI
    Conor Dauer NY
13 Georgetown Yannik Mahlangu NV
    Jack Murphy CA
    Jordan Portner MD
    Max Novak NV
    Daniel Eatroff NJ
14 Southern Illinois Michal Kianicka SVK
    Filip Aleksic SCG
15 UC Davis Alec Adamson CA
    James Wade CA
    Bryce McKelvie CA
16 Furman Juan Sheppard CT
    Adam Steryous SC
17 Fresno State Gabor Csonka HUN
    Ethan Lopez CA
18 MD Baltimore Co R. Maheshwari IND
    Biyik Akinsemoyin MD
    Andrew Pagan MD
    Kevin Hsieh MD
19 Binghamton Vihar Shah NY
    Justin Fields NY
    Douglas Notaris NY
    Alex Sacher NY
    Frenk Kote NY
20 Army Samuel Lampman FL
    Grant Riechmann TX
    Kyle Barnes TX
21 Amherst Anton Zykov VA
    Myles Tang MN
    Andrew Arnaboldi NY
    Samuel Silver PA
22 Valparaiso Dave Bacalla IL
    Jeffrey Schorsch OH
    Kyle Dunn WI
    Charlie Emhardt IN
23 Tulsa Daniel Santos PER
24 CMS Daniel Morkovine CA
    Maxwell Macey CT
    Glenn Hull CA
    Rohan Shankar CA
    Brian Koh SIN
25 Navy Thomas Pecor TX
    Nikolas Cable WA
    Krishna Jana TX
    Jacob Darrah GA
    David Tossavainen FL
    Brantlee Rau TX
 

Honorable Mention

Other men's programs that received strong consideration from our experts are (listed alphabetically): Carnegie Mellon, Central Florida, Chicago, Ferris State, Gardner-Webb, Georgia Southern, Kennesaw State, Pacific, UNC Wilmington, Wash U. - St. Louis, Williams.

 

Running with the Bulls

Head coach Matt Hill and his South Florida program pulled in the first ranked recruiting class in school history last month. The Bulls checked in at No. 10 in our overall spring rankings. Today, we give USF the nod as the top mid-major recruiting class. Roberto Cid, Alexandru Gozun, Vadym Kalyuzhnyy, and Finn Meinecke make up a four-man class that has multiple recruits with ATP ranking points.

The Pepperdine Waves follow up their Final 8 run in the NCAA Team tournament with a strong class of their own. Head Coach Adam Steinberg's squad will welcome Blue Chip senior Stefan Menichella along with a pair of 4-Star recruits - Alex Giannini and Alexander Solonin. The three recruits all hail from California.

The North Florida Ospreys occupy the No. 3 position in our rankings, while Boise State (No. 4) and Cal Poly (5) round out the Top 5.

 

State Breakdowns

The 25 schools in our recruiting class rankings represent 14 states and the District of Columbia.

Talent-rich California always makes a strong showing in our rankings, and 2013 is even stronger than usual. Six programs from the Golden State appear in our rankings. In addition to Top-5 programs Pepperdine (No. 2) and Cal Poly (5), California is represented by UC Santa Barbara (11), UC Davis (15), Fresno State (17), and CMS (24).

There are four other states with two recruits apiece: Florida, Maryland, New York, and Virginia. Florida's ranked programs (South Florida and North Florida) both appear in the Top 3.

But perhaps most impressive is that there are two programs from the District of Columbia - George Washington (No. 7) and Georgetown (13).

 

Conference Call

The 25 recruiting classes come from 16 different NCAA Division I conferences and two D-III conferences.

With all those California schools in the rankings, it comes as little surprise that the Big West leads all conferences with three ranked programs: Cal Poly, UC Santa Barbara, and UC Davis.

Five conferences follow with with two ranked classes apiece, including the America East, Atlantic 10, Conference USA, Mountain West, and Patriot League.

 

D-III Preview

We will have a lot more to say about NCAA Division III schools next week in our Division III rankings, but D-III powerhouses Amherst and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps appear in our rankings in the No. 21 and No. 24 spots, respectively.

 

Coming Wednesday... The Women

Looking for the women's list? Come back this Wednesday. On June 12th, Tennis Recruiting 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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