Top Men's Classes - 2014 Spring Rankings
by TennisRecruiting.net, 26 May 2014
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All eyes of the college tennis world are still on Athens, where the singles and doubles championships will be contested today.
But the time has also come for Tennis Recruiting to look ahead to the future. The lifeblood of any college tennis program is recruiting, and college tennis programs have reported more than 1,700 commitments. 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 2014, presented by Solfire.
The Tennis Recruiting Network and Solfire have 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 - and also did not consider incoming freshmen who competed this spring.
Top 25 Men's Recruiting Classes (through May 2)
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 2, 2014.
Also Receiving Votes
Other men's programs receiving votes are: Penn (48), Texas A&M (33), Memphis (17), Columbia (10), George Washington (7), Wisconsin (7), Florida Atlantic (5), Wake Forest (4), William & Mary (4), Tennessee (3), Chicago (2), Mississippi (2), Yale (2), Brown (1), Louisville (1).
Return of the Cardinal
With a first-round exit from the NCAA Championships earlier this month, the Stanford Cardinal finished up an injury-riddled 2013-14 season. Despite the setback, the future looks pretty good on The Farm. This year's lineup regularly featured three sophomores and two juniors who are all expected to return next season, and they will be joined by the nation's top recruiting class of 2014.
The recruiting class of Thomas Fawcett, David Hsu, and David Wilczynski - all Blue Chip seniors - earned 14 of the 21 first-place votes and 505 out of 525 possible points.
Competition at the Top
The Cardinal did not run away uncontested with the top spot. The strongest challenge came from the Georgia Bulldogs, who garnered five first-place votes and 492 points to take the No. 2 position in our rankings. Coach Diaz added Wayne Montgomery and Paul Oosterbaan to fall signees Peter Bertran and Andy Martinez for a four-man class that climbed from No. 25 in our Winter Poll all the way up to No. 2.
The South Carolina Gamecocks and Michigan Wolverines, who are ranked No. 3 and No. 4 in our rankings, respectively, each earned one first-place vote.
The University of Kentucky rounds out our Top 5.
There are three programs in the rankings that did not appear in our winter poll. Florida State, UNC Wilmington, and Texas check in at No. 21, No. 23, and No. 25 in the rankings, respectively.
The Florida State Seminoles recruited local Tallahassee brothers Terrance and Terrell Whitehurst to move into the No. 21 spot. The brothers are a formiddable pair, winning 11 matches at last summer's USTA Clay Court and Hard Court Nationals.
The UNC Wilmington men's team is making its first-ever appearance in our recruiting class rankings. Head Coach Mait Dubois and assistant Taylor Vaughn are bringing in a 7-man class for the Seahawks, who hope to improve on their Round of 64 appearance in the NCAA Tournament next season.
The Texas Longhorns round out the Top 25 - combining Top-200 ITF player Julian Zlobinsky with fall recruit John Mee to earn 54 points and slide into the No. 25 spot.
The Southeastern Conference has certainly flexed its muscles on the recruiting trail. The SEC leads all conferences with six of the Top 25 recruiting classes - including four programs in the Top 6.
Paving the way for the SEC is the Georgia Bulldogs at No. 2. They are joined in the Top 10 by South Carolina (No. 3), Kentucky (5), and Alabama (6). Other SEC programs in the Top 25 are Florida (13) and Vanderbilt (16).
The ACC is second among conferences with five ranked recruiting classes, and also notable is the PAC-12 with ranked three programs that are all in the Top 10.
Three recruiting classes in our rankings come from programs outside of the so-called "high major" conferences, and these three programs are each the sole representative of their conferences.
The Brigham Young University Cougars check in at No. 20 in our rankings with a four-man class that features three 5-Star recruits. Also in the rankings are UNC Wilmington (No. 23) and Tulsa (24).
All three of these programs should figure prominently in our mid-major rankings which will be published in a couple of weeks.
Panelists for May 2014
The 21 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.
- Dede Allen, Contributor to TennisRecruiting.net, USTA Florida Section, consultant to Prince Sports
- Joseph Braden, Director of Tennis at Schwartz Tennis Center, USTA/Midwest Tournament Director.
- Casey Chapin, National Tournament 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 Exposure Series
- Barry Friedman, Director of Tennis, The Claremont Club, National Tournament Director G18's National Team Championships, tournament director USTA Men's Pro Circuit (Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center USTA Pro Classic)
- Sally Grabham, National Tournament Director, USTA Winter Nationals, National Junior Competition Committee, Southwest Junior Competition Committee, Southwest Section Board Executive Committee
- Larry Haugness, USTA/Missouri Valley Board of Directors, National Tournament Director, PTR National Tester, USPTA, Junior Davis Cup Coach
- Larry Jackson, Director, Dayton Center Courts and Tennis Academy, National Tournament Director
- Randy Jenks, USPTA National, National Tournament Director, The Firehouse $10k Tournament Director
- Pua Johnson, USTA National and ITA Collegiate Referee
- 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
- Colette Lewis, ZooTennis.com
- Tony Minnis, Former head coach, LSU women's tennis, host of Inside College Tennis with Tony Minnis
- Phil Parrish, Tennis Director, The Longfellow Club, National Tournament Director, Former College Coach
- Robert Sasseville, National Tournament Director, USTA National Referee
- Kathy Sell Smith, Former member of USTA Collegiate Varsity Committee, Former head coach of Princeton women's tennis, private coach
- Lisa Stone, ParentingAces.com
- Clayton Taylor, Former ATP and Collegiate Coach. Former Director of U.S. International Hard Courts and National Opens.
- Julie Wrege, TennisInformation.com, TennisRecruiting.net, former National Tournament Director, former USTA ranking chair
First of Many...
These are only the first of our Recruiting Class Rankings. Rankings for the women's classes will be released next Monday, June 2nd, followed by rankings of Mid-major as well as NCAA Division III schools.
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