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2016 Top Mid-Major Men's Classes

From a participation standpoint, tennis is one of the most popular college sports around. There are almost 2,500 programs across the country playing intercollegiate tennis at some level.

Today we take a look at the top college recruiting classes from outside the "Power 6" conferences - programs from conferences that do not get automatic bids to the new College Football Playoff.

Many mid-major schools compete at a high level on the court, as evident in the NCAA team and individual championships over the years. Two weeks ago in Tulsa, Oklahoma, four players from conferences outside the Power 6 - two from South Florida and one each from San Diego and Tulane - earned ITA All-America status for reaching the Round of 16 at the NCAA singles tournament. In the doubles tournament, David Biosca and Rogerio Ribeiro from ETSU upset the No. 1 team in the nation to advance to the Round of 8.

We could also talk about many the accomplishments and quality teams in Division II, Division III, NAIA, NJCAA, and CCC - teams that compete for national titles every year.

Top 25 Mid-Major Men's Recruiting Classes (through May 22)

Today, the Tennis Recruiting Network is excited to present the Top 25 Mid-Major Men's Recruiting Classes for 2016.

The mid-major rankings in tennis include all colleges in all divisions except for those in the five so-called "major" football conferences - the ACC, Big 10, Big 12, Pac 10, and SEC - as well as the Ivy League.

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

So here they are - the Top 25...

Rank School Rating  Name State
1 South Florida Benjamin Hannestad DEN
    Jakub Wojcik AZ
    Thomas Wright GBR
2 Middle Tennessee Max Rauch GER
    Tom Floris Moonen NED
    Nicolas Buitrago COL
3 Tulane Luis Erlenbusch GER
    Jonathan Star CA
    Chase Schupp LA
    Tim Ruetzel GER
4 Loyola Marymount Kentaro Mizushima CA
    Lucas Moreno FL
    Maximilian Kaiser GER
    Ryan Brown CA
5 UC Davis David Goulak CA
    Max Pham CA
    Mitchell Iwahiro CA
6 Amherst Joshua Marchalik NJ
    Jayson Fung CA
    Gabriel Owens CA
    Oscar Burney WA
    Chris Paradis NJ
    Nathan Kaplan MA
7 Pacific Tadiwa Chinamo ZIM
    Bryan Husin INA
    Ross Watson GBR
    Nathan Hampton OR
8 Santa Clara Vasileios Iliopoulos GRE
    Jesus Barajas ESP
9 Binghamton Tiago Lourenco POR
    Kushaan Nath IND
    Agustin Cattoretti BOL
    Sebastian Quiros FL
    Amerigo Valenti ITA
10 Denver P. Fernandez-delValle CA
    Sean Huynh CAN
11 Army Mayson Xue CA
    Joseph Myles Conlin CA
    Nikita Pereverzin CA
    Anant Mundra CA
12 Chicago Ninan Kumar FL
    Jaird Meyer CA
    Erik Kerrigan TX
    Tyler Raclin MO
    Nick Hamburger IL
13 UNC Wilmington G. Hocevar BRA
    Marshall Waren NC
14 Georgia Southern J. Suarez Rivas MEX
    Diego Finkelstein BRA
    Davis Stewart GA
    Murphy McCullough GA
15 Louisiana Jamie Fraser AUS
    Pearse Dolan AUS
    Rob Reynolds NZL
    Silvio Cocito-Monoc LA
    Francois Musatelli FRA
16 Navy Gabriel Pilones FL
    Karthik Padmanabhan CA
    Andrew Newell WA
    Matthew Lee CA
    Gregory Durham FL
    Ian Landwehr IN
17 CMS Nikolai Parodi DC
    Daniel Park WA
    Jake Berber TX
    Jay Yeam CA
    Matthew Jacobs MA
    Jake Williams CA
18 Furman Clarke Wilson CAN
    Jake Bhangdia NY
    Trevor Croyder GA
19 UC Santa Barbara Daunte Harris CA
    Joseph Rotheram CA
20 Fresno State I. De Rueda De Genover ESP
    Bailey Gong CA
21 Stetson William Shkrob FL
    Shao-Yu Yu TPE
    Angus Bradshaw GBR
    Colter Decoste FL
22 Gonzaga Vincent Rettke AL
    Samuel Feit CA
    Kyle Everly CA
    Simon Homedes OR
23 Omaha Razvan Grigorescu TX
    Nathan Reekie TX
    Diego Cruz-Vespa TX
    Luke Moorhead CA
24 Boise State Wyatt Demulling WA
    Ryland McDermott NV
    Harvey Shackleton GBR
25 Jacksonville State P. Cucalon Herrera COL
    Felix Morck SWE

Also Receiving Consideration

We reviewed the résumés for more than 50 teams for these rankings. Teams that received strong consideration and almost made our list are (alphabetically) as follows: Boston U, Carnegie Mellon, DePaul, Georgia State, Western Michigan, and Williams.


Charging Bulls

South Florida Head Coach Matt Hill certainly does have his squad hitting on all cylinders. The Bulls captured their third straight American Conference Championship en route to a final Oracle/ITA team ranking of No. 17 and a second-round appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Two players - Roberto Cid and Dominic Cotrone - earned ITA All-America status by advancing to the Round of 16 in the singles competition - with Cid reaching the quarterfinals.

USF is losing some valuable seniors, but they are gaining some top talent as a trio of highly-rated recruits heads to Tampa in Fall 2016.

Blue chip senior Jakub Wojcik joins Benjamin Hannestad of Denmark and Great Britian's Thomas Wright to form a three-man class that ran away with the No. 1 position in our recruiting class rankings.

Hannestad headlines the class with a career-high ITF junior ranking of No. 45 and a UTR of 13.86. Based in Bradenton, Fla., at the IMG Academy, Hannestad won six qualifying matches in April at Futures tournaments in Orange Park and Vero Beach, Fla.

"Our makeup next year will be a very large group of young players," said Hill in a school release. "We expect these freshmen to make an immediate impact."


Give Me Five

Another strong recruiting class is heading to Middle Tennessee, who check in at No. 2 in our rankings. Head Coach Jimmy Borendame has attracted German Max Rauch, Tom Floris Moonen of the Netherlands and Nicolas Buitrago of Columbia - all recruits with strong Universal Tennis Ratings.

"I think all three will have an impact on the singles lineup right away," said Borendame in a school release. "Tom and Max will both be very strong doubles players also, which was an area that needed improvement."

The No. 3 class comes from Tulane University, where German Luis Erlenbusch leads a trio of international recruits.

Rounding out our Top 5 are Loyola Marymount (No. 4) and UC Davis (5).


State Breakdown

These twenty-five programs hail from sixteen states. Leading the way is the Golden State. A whopping seven of the twenty-five ranked classes come from California - inlcluding four of the Top 10: Loyola Marymount (No. 4), UC Davis (5), Pacific (7), Santa Clara (8), CMS (17), UC Santa Barbara (19), and Fresno State (20).

Only three other states have more than one ranked recruiting classes: Florida, Louisiana, and New York each have two recruiting classes in our rankings.


Conference Call

The West Coast Conference lead all conferences with four ranked programs and three in the Top 10. Three Top-10 California programs Loyola Marymount (No. 4), Pacific (7), and Santa Clara (8) are joined by Washington state program Gonzaga (22) in these recruiting class rankings.

Also notable are four recruiting classes from NCAA Division III. Amherst checks in at No. 6 in our rankings, and they are joined by fellow D-III programs Chicago (12) and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (17).


Coming Friday... Mid-Major Women

Just a few days time until we publish the women's list. This coming Friday, TennisRecruiting.net will release 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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