Fall Signing Week '16: Overview and Blue Chip Update
by Julie Wrege, 7 November 2016
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At long last the Countdown is over, and Signing Week has arrived. This Wednesday, November 9th, is Signing Day: the first day that high school seniors can formally commit to a Division I or Division II tennis program. Tennis Recruiting and GAMMA have been counting down the days for the past month, but now we switch to our Signing Week coverage.
In this first article, we take a look at our schedule for the week, and we also update you on the status of the Blue Chips.
Signing Week Schedule
All week, TennisRecruiting.net will bring you new features on the seniors. These articles will run in addition to our usual content - the Class Rankings and RPI rankings that we publish from Tuesday through Friday.
Take a look at our coverage schedule - and then get up to date with the Blue Chips...
Blue Chip Update
When we checked in with the Blue Chip recruits in October, quite a few of the boys had made decisions, but the girls were father behind. 28 of the 56 Blue Chip athletes - eighteen boys and ten girls - had made commitments.
We have been trying to contact the undecideds in the meantime, and today we take one last look at their status before the big day on Wednesday. Several recruits are ready to announce commitments this week and there is new information on a few of these players. Let's take a look at the lists...
The table below shows the updated status of the Blue Chip recruits. The Commitment column shows whether the recruit has made a verbal commitment or is undecided, while the Interests column indicates schools of interest.
Seggerman Heads to Princeton
The last week of October, Ryan Seggerman of Coronado, Calif., the No. 16 senior nationally, announced his commitment to Princeton - becoming our 19th Blue Chip commitment.
Seggerman has had a fantastic year so far in 2016. Just this summer he reached the finals of the Southern California Sectionals
in Fountain Valley, went 3-1 at both Intersectionals
and the USTA National Team Championships
, and posted six wins at the USTA Boys 18 Nationals
Next year, Seggerman will take his talents cross-country from California to Princeton, N.J.
"Princeton has just the right combination of strong academics and a great tennis program," said Seggerman. "I loved everything about the school and the coaching staff. The team was also fantastic, so it definitely made it easy for me to see myself there."
Seggerman was especially impressed with the coaching staff.
"Billy [Pate] and Damian [Hume] are both great guys and great coaches," he said. "I know they will be able to help my game reach its potential."
Seggerman appreciated the low-key approach that Pate and Hume took during his recruiting period.
"Both coaches were great throughout the recruiting process. They were definitely concerned with me making the best choice for me - independent of whether I chose Princeton. I'm super happy Princeton was the best school for me - and I can't wait to start working with them next fall."
Seggerman considered a number of excellent schools with strong tennis programs, and the decision was not an easy one.
"It was very tough because I loved the coaches at all the schools - and I could see myself at any of them," said Seggerman. "But I just had a gut feeling that Princeton was right for me."
Seggerman is excited to finish his out his junior career and be at the top of his game in the fall when he arrives on campus.
"My goals for freshman year would have to be to start in both the singles and doubles lineups," he said. "They have a very good team and some other great players coming in with me, so if I can make the Top 6 then that would be a good starting point."
Later this week, Seggerman will be joined by at least three more Blue Chip seniors making their own commitments. On Signing Day, we will hear from Kyrylo Tsygura (North Patomac, Md.), while fellow seniors Sam Turchetta (Pound Ridge, N.Y.) and Timothy Sah (San Diego, Calif.) will make their announcements on Thursday.
Out of the Blocks ...
Signing Week is just getting started, and we have two more articles for you later today. Recruiting expert Marcia Frost is up next - talking about changes to college recruiting for future years resulting from new financial rules. We'll have that one for you at 1pm Eastern / 10am Pacific. Later on this evening we hear from Five-star senior and Dartmouth commit Casey Ross of Littleton, Colorado.
And make sure to come by the website all week for much more. Tomorrow we feature recruits from around the country in our national roundup - leading up to the big day on Wednesday. Stay tuned - as TennisRecruiting.net and GAMMA give you a courtside seat to all the Signing Week action!
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