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2014 Top NCAA Division III Men's Classes

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 fifth 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 30)

TennisRecruiting.net is excited to present the Top 25 NCAA Division III Men's Recruiting Classes for 2014. This list is based on commitments reported on or before May 30, 2014.

We enlisted the help of a number of NCAA Division III enthusiasts, coaches, 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 While we do not publish a list of our helpers, we appreciate their assistance.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 delay, the Top 25...

Rank School Rating  Name State
1 Chicago Nicolas Chua CA
    David Liu NE
    Peter Leung TX
    Luke Tsai OH
    Michael Selin NY
2 Wesleyan (CT) Steven Chen CA
    Winn Smith NY
    Cameron Daniels NY
    Dhruv Yadav OH
3 Wash U. - St. Louis John Wu PA
    Shaun Berman FL
    Jason Haugen TX
    Jake Klein CA
    Jake Wohl MD
4 Bowdoin Luke Tercek DC
    Kyle Wolfe CT
    Gilbert Roddy MA
5 Carnegie Mellon Edward Ang CA
    Tommy Cheng CA
    Connor O'Kelly IL
    Jeffrey Chen IN
    Matthew Seifert WA
    Andrew Pratt CA
6 Middlebury Noah Farrell CT
    Kyle Schlanger NC
    William De Quant FL
7 Emory Bartholomew Panarese MA
    Scott Rubinstein CT
    David Omsky FL
    March Zheng KS
    Zachary Surmacz NV
    Eli Kaganov MA
    Benjamin Plotnick PA
8 Tufts Rohan Gupte NV
    Zain Ali NY
    Danny Coran WI
    Garrett Weinstein MD
    Justin Brogan ME
    Jack Friend IL
9 Williams Sachin Raghavan NY
    Brian Grodecki PA
    Jordan Sadowsky CA
10 Skidmore Lucas Pickering NY
    Steven Koulouris NY
    Ted Berkowitz CT
11 Case Western Tytus Chen CA
    Manfred Barrios MN
    William Koehrsen IL
    Grant Brown TX
    Ataman Billor AL
    Andy Wang TX
    Andrew Komarov IL
12 Pomona-Pitzer Blake Myrin TX
    Ernesto Dillon NY
    Samuel Malech OR
    Kalyan Chadalavada TN
    Marko Mandic TN
13 Johns Hopkins Justin Kang NJ
    David Perez DOM
    Jonathan Paris NY
    Angad Uppal MD
14 Trinity (CT) Rex Glickman NY
    Kyle Scheffers IL
    McLean Dyer PA
15 Bates Adam Schwartz CA
    Benjamin Rosen NY
    Joshua Leiner MD
    Andrew Berghuis CAN
16 UC Santa Cruz Chad Price DC
    Chad Stone CA
    Alexander Flora CA
    Jason Vranek CA
17 CMS Patrick Wildman OH
18 Swarthmore Mark Fallati NY
    Michael Song NJ
    Blake Oetting IA
    Ari Cepelewicz CT
    Joshua Powell CT
    Bryan Cheun CA
19 Whitman Chase Friedman CA
    Adam Rapoport CA
    Gary Ho CAN
    Zachary Hewlin CA
    Robert Carter CA
    Trevor Fennessy WA
    Luke Targett WA
20 Gustavus Adolphus Mohanad Al-Houni LBA
    Zachary Ekstein MN
    Tommy Entwistle SD
    Gabriel Steinwand MN
    Taylor Parr MN
    Mason Bultje MN
21 Kenyon Weston Noall OH
    Peter Hazlett PA
    Alex Rieger CT
    Ben Gelfand CA
    Max Smith NC
    Caleb Couvertier FL
    Minzhe Liu CAN
    Andy Naranjo ECU
22 Christopher Newport Max Katcher KS
    Grayson Lowenthal GA
    David Reed SC
    Justin Cerny VA
    Dillon Sykes VA
23 Ursinus Max Oberholtzer NJ
    Caleb Kramer PA
24 Redlands Joey Dulle MO
    Cooper Lacetera NY
25 Stevens Danny Polk VA
    Kyle Henry AR
    William Persson NJ
    David Schulz CT

Also Receiving Consideration

A team of Division III college coaches 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: Coe College, Hobart & William Smith, Lewis & Clark, Mary Washington, Methodist, MIT, Oberlin, Ohio Wesleyan, RPI, Trinity (TX), UW-Whitewater, and Wittenberg.


Maroon Tennis

The University of Chicago competes in the challenging University Athletic Association - which is packed with Division III stalwarts like Carnegie Mellon, Case Western, Emory, and Wash U. The 2014 season marked the third straight year that Chicago finished fifth at the UAA Championships. But with strong recent recruiting, the Maroons may challenge for more in the coming years.

Head coach Jay Tee is starting his third season at the helm at Chicago. After bringing in a Top-10 recruiting class in 2013, Tee has snagged the No. 1 recruiting class in Division III tennis. His five-man class consists of four 4-Star recruits and one 3 Star from five different states. Nicolas Chua (Calif.), David Liu (Neb.), Peter Leung (Texas), Luke Tsai (Ohio), and Michael Selin (N.Y.) are a group that have six high school championships and fourteen wins in the last summer's Clay and Hard Court Nationals between them.

Tee is excited about the prospects for the future at Chicago.

"The one thing all of the players have in common, aside from being tremendously talented, is their passion for the sport and for the University of Chicago," said Tee in a school release. "We expect these student-athletes will make an immediate impact on the program."


High Five

While Chicago was comfortably in the top spot, the next positions in the rankings were more hotly contested. Vying for No. 2 were the Wesleyan Cardinals and Washington Bears.

Wesleyan (CT) took the No. 2 spot with 4-Star recruits Steven Chen, Winn Smith, and Dhruv Yadav to go with 3-Star Cameron Daniels. With no seniors on the 2013-14 roster, the Cardinals should be loaded for next season.

Washington University's five-man class of John Wu, Shaun Berman, Jason Haugen, Jake Klein, and Jake Wohl are the No. 3 class in our rankings. Rounding out the Top 5 are the Bowdoin (No. 4) and Carnegie Mellon (5).

Conference Call

As usual, two conferences dominate the top of these rankings: the New England Small College Athletic Conference and University Athletic Association. Those two conferences have 19 programs between them, but they have fielded twelve of the Top 25 recruiting classes, including ten of the Top 11 and all of the Top 9.

The UAA is headlined by Chicago and their top-rated class, and they are joined by Washington (No. 3), Carnegie Mellon (5), Emory (7), and Case Western (11).

The larger NESCAC features five Top-10 classes: Wesleyan (No. 2), Bowdoin (4), Middlebury (6), Tufts (8), and Williams (9). They are joined in the rankings by Trinity (14) and Bates (15).

Two conferences have more than two classes in the rankings: the Centennial Conference and SCIAC feature three ranked programs apiece.


Welcome Aboard, Welcome Back

Three programs are making their first-ever appearance in the D-III recruiting class rankings: UC Santa Cruz (No. 16), Gustavus Adolphus (20), and Christopher Newport (22). Conversely, seven programs have perfect attendance records - with ranked recruiting classes every year since we started these rankings in 2010: Chicago (No. 1), Washington (3), Emory (7), Case Western (11), and Johns Hopkins (13).


Coming Friday... the Women

On Friday, we conclude our look at 2014 recruiting classes with our Division III women's lists.


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