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Countdown: Previewing the Top 100 Boys

Many top high school-senior tennis players made their college choices during the Fall Signing Period back in November. The rest have been visiting schools over the winter - making verbal commitments after they get the information they need.

All of these players will have their first opportunity to make a formal commitment on April 12th - Signing Day.

Tennis Recruiting has been keeping in contact with the Top 100 boys of the Class of 2017 Class Rankings to find out where they are in their decision process. A number of them have made commitments, some have narrowed their lists, and many are still wide open. Let's take a look...


Top 100 Status (as of March 18)

The table below shows the Top 100 athletes and their current recruiting status. The Commitment column shows whether the recruit has made a verbal commitment or is undecided, while the Interests column indicates schools of interest.

1 John McNally Ohio State Ohio State
2 Benjamin Sigouin Considering Turning Pro Open
3 Gianni Ross   Open
4 JJ Wolf Ohio State Ohio State
5 Oliver Crawford Florida Florida
6 Keegan Smith UCLA UCLA
7 Alafia Ayeni Deciding Soon Open
8 Alexander Brown Illinois Illinois
9 Jacob Brumm California California
10 Kyrylo Tsygura Virginia Virginia
11 Timothy Sah Stanford Stanford
12 Kenneth Connor Hance UCLA UCLA
13 Ryan Seggerman Princeton Princeton
14 Austen Huang Columbia Columbia
15 Matthew Lord Virginia Virginia
16 Sean Sculley Duke Duke
17 William Howells Notre Dame Notre Dame
18 Sebastian Arcila   Open
19 Sam Turchetta Stanford Stanford
20 Jason Legall Florida Atlantic Florida Atlantic
21 Maxwell Freeman Vanderbilt Vanderbilt
22 Chase Wood Florida State Florida State
23 Andres Andrade Florida Florida
24 Abhijeet Joshi Northwestern Northwestern
25 Paul Barretto California California
26 Jackson Allen Minnesota Minnesota
27 Ivan Thamma UC Davis UC Davis
28 Brian Berdusco Announcing Soon Central Florida, Michigan, Pepperdine
29 Jake Van Emburgh Oklahoma Oklahoma
30 Fletcher Scott Illinois Illinois
31 Mac Kiger Illinois Illinois
32 Beau Pelletier Clemson Clemson
33 Brandon Lam Indiana Indiana
34 John Speicher Dartmouth Dartmouth
35 Richard Ciamarra Notre Dame Notre Dame
36 Nathan Perrone   Open
37 Harrison Brown Michigan Michigan
38 Tristan McCormick Notre Dame Notre Dame
39 Cody Lin Yale Yale
40 Robert Krill Wisconsin Wisconsin
41 Kirac Bekisoglu   Open
42 Jason Lui Columbia Columbia
43 Evan Bynoe Cornell Cornell
44 Bryce Pereira UCLA UCLA
45 Peter Conklin Dartmouth Dartmouth
46 Sebastian Mermersky Liberty Liberty
47 Kabir Sarita Princeton Princeton
48 Aleks Huryn Penn Penn
49 Josh Mukherjee Michigan State Michigan State
50 Davis Wong Michigan State Michigan State
51 Matthew Terry Cleveland State Cleveland State
52 Yuval Solomon Wake Forest Wake Forest
53 Andre Xiao Middlebury Middlebury
54 Andrew Ton Navy Navy
55 Casey Ross Dartmouth Dartmouth
56 Mark Militzer Georgetown Georgetown
57 Conrad Russell Deciding This Summer Open
58 Ajai Shekhera Announcing Soon Columbia, Princeton, UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara
59 Caleb Chakravarthi Illinois Illinois
60 Noah Makarome   Open
61 John Carlin Michigan State Michigan State
62 Adam Sraberg Vanderbilt Vanderbilt
63 Rafael Bejar Levy   Open
64 Charles Deng MIT MIT
65 Ignacio Garcia Florida Atlantic Florida Atlantic
66 Alejandro Rodriguez Chicago Chicago
67 Jeremy Yuan Chicago Chicago
68 Sean Wei Amherst Amherst
69 Maxwell Mendelsohn Pepperdine Pepperdine
70 Carlos Hassey Arizona Arizona
71 Chambers Easterling Clemson Clemson
72 Diego Nava Loyola Marymount Loyola Marymount
73 Justin Lee Chicago Chicago
74 Andrew Redding Indiana Indiana
75 Jourdan Kast South Florida South Florida
76 Andrew Whitehouse Cal Poly Cal Poly
77 Jack Katzman CMS CMS
78 Alex Kuperstein Arizona Arizona
79 Jeff Zucker Penn Penn
80 Michael Dickson Butler Butler
81 Connor Lee Georgetown Georgetown
82 Drew Singerman Furman Furman
83 Paul Gota Notre Dame Notre Dame
84 Hayden Cassone Announcing Soon Open
85 Finbar Talcott William & Mary William & Mary
86 George Harwell Vanderbilt Vanderbilt
87 Will Harper Dayton Dayton
88 Chase Bernstine Virginia Tech Virginia Tech
89 Jackson Suh California California
90 Kweisi Kenyatte Valparaiso Valparaiso
91 Michael Chen William & Mary William & Mary
92 Zummy Bauer Georgia Tech Georgia Tech
93 Kevin Ma Amherst Amherst
94 Yash Parikh   Open
95 Patrick Sklenka Air Force Air Force
96 Brandon Freestone Georgia Tech Georgia Tech
97 Collin Shick N.C. State N.C. State
98 Benjamin Gajardo BYU BYU
99 Jack Tascher Virginia Tech Virginia Tech
100 Kento Perera Announcing Soon Stanford, Harvard

Final Fourteen

College coaches had better get moving - at least when it comes to the Top 100. 86 of the Top 100 senior boys have already made verbal or formal commitments, leaving fourteen on the board.


Illini, Irish Get Four

The 86 committed recruits are heading to 50 different college tennis programs, and so some teams have multiple recruits from our Top 100. Leading the way are the Illinois Fighting Illini and Notre Dame Fighting Irish with four Top 100 recruits apiece.

Illinois is bringing in Blue Chip senior Alexander Brown as well as 5-Star prospects Fletcher Scott, Mac Kiger, and Caleb Chakravarthi. These four recruits combined to form the No. 4 recruiting class in our rankings this past January.

Notre Dame counters with its own four-man class of William Howells, Richard Ciamarra, Tristan McCormick, and Paul Gota - who together ranked as the No. 7 class in January.


Triple Dipping

Six more programs are bringing in three Top 100 recruits, including Power 6 programs California, Dartmouth, Michigan State, UCLA, and Vanderbilt.

One notable teams beyond the Power 6 has a trio of Top 100 recruits - and it is the NCAA Division III Chicago Maroons.

Coach Jay Tee has been absolutely dominant in D-III recruiting over recent years - bringing in the No. 1 classes in 2014 and 2015 as well as the No. 2 class in 2016. On paper, 2017 is his best year yet - with three 5-Star prospects expected to arrive in the Windy City this Fall. Jeremy Yuan, Alejandro Rodriguez, and Justin Lee could help the Maroons advance even farther than the NCAA Final Four finish they achieved in 2016.


Conference Call

Looking over the Top 100 commitment list, the Atlantic Coast Conference and Big Ten Conference.

The ACC boasts boasts sixteen Top 100 recruits - tops among all conferences. They are represented by Notre Dame (4 Top 100 recruits), Clemson (2), Georgia Tech (2), Virginia (2), Virginia Tech (2), Duke (1), Florida State (1), N.C. State, and Wake Forest (1).

The Big Ten is right on their heels in terms of number of total commitments - with fifteen overall recruits divided among eight programs: Illinois (4 Top 100 recruits), Michigan State (3), Indiana (2), Ohio State (2), Michigan (1), Minnesota (1), Northwestern (1), and Wisconsin (1). In addition to length, there is power at the top, with the two top-ranked committed players heading to the Buckeyes and the fifth-highest committed prospect committing to the Illini.


Division III Bonanza

At this point in time, eight different Top 100 recruits are heading to programs in NCAA Division III. We previously mentioned the University of Chicago who has three Top 100 commitments, and they are joined by Amherst (2 Top 100 commits), CMS (1), Middlebury (1), and MIT (1).


Close to the Vest

Of the fourteen uncommitted recruits on our board, only three have shared their schools of interest at this point. The rest are keeping things to themselves. We will continue to reach out to these players who have not yet committed and try to have more information from them for Signing Week.


Hot 100 ... Then More Countdown

We take a break tomorrow from our Countdown series to bring you a regular monthly feature at TRN - the Hot 100. But the Countdown returns on Wednesday with a look at 5-Star senior Taylor Bridges of Mesa, Ariz., who has committed to the North Carolina State Wolfpack.

In the meantime, check out all the great content that Tennis Recruiting and GAMMA have already brought you... as we continue with the Countdown to Signing Day!



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