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2010 Top Mid-Major Men's Classes
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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 the "mid-major" programs - programs outside of the so-called "high-major" conferences that are slotted into BCS football bowl games.

Many mid-major schools compete at a very high level. In Division I post-season play, mid-major teams posted eight match wins in the 2010 NCAA team tournament, and mid-major schools have won national titles in the singles, doubles, and team events.

We can also talk about many 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 20)

Today, the Tennis Recruiting Network is excited to present the Top 25 Mid-Major Men's Recruiting Classes for 2010.

The mid-major rankings include all colleges in all divisions except for those in the "high-major conferences". The high-major conferences for tennis include schools affiliated with Bowl Championship Series conferences - the ACC, Big East, 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 Army Asika Isoh NY
    Alex Van Velzer TX
    Henry Jang-Milsten GA
    Peter Sienko MI
    Rommel Verano TX
    Allen Y. Xu CA
    Joshua Cook SC
2 San Diego Clarke Spinosa CA
    Emilio Mora NY
3 Santa Clara John Lamble CA
    Keith Kamono FL
4 Georgia State Breon Badger GA
    Gabriel Townes GA
    Thomas Cook GA
5 Central Florida Matthew Zachary LA
    Matthew Gladstone FL
    Leonel Vivas VEN
6 William & Mary Ben Guthrie TX
    John Banks NC
    Ben Hoogland IL
7 Air Force Lucas Marin FL
    Alexander Grubbs TX
    Andy Jackson OH
    Ali Rizvi TX
    Daniel Gies FL
    Alexander Lineberry AZ
    Steven Young TN
8 Furman Alex Christ NY
    Marco Aru MS
    Nate Collins MA
    Joel Cook SC
    Austin Hooker NM
    Reid Morelli GA
9 UNC Wilmington Ronak Manuja IND
10 Elon Cameron Silverman NY
    Wesley Barrett NC
    Andrew Prince NY
    Jesse Silverman NY
11 Amherst Joey Fritz OH
    Christopher Dale TX
    Justin Reindel NY
    Eli Mlaver FL
12 Middle Tennessee Elliott Barnwell GBR
13 Middlebury Zachry Bruchmiller TX
    Teddy Fitzgibbons KS
    Brantner Jones IL
    James Burke NJ
    Andrew Lebovitz MA
14 BYU Patrick Kawka NV
    Tyler Loong UT
15 Xavier Jimmy Roebker KY
    Mesa Mei MA
16 UC Santa Barbara Axel Bouillin CA
    Alexander Gryaznov CA
    Adam Luba CA
17 Chicago Alexander Golovin IL
    Neil Karandikar NJ
    Krishna Ravella IL
    Ryan Ho HKG
    Zsolt Bence Szabo HUN
18 Emory Parker Kelley CA
    Eric Seidelman FL
    Jackson Isaacs CA
    Dylan Kady PA
    Nicholas Szczurek IL
19 Loyola Marymount Arthur Karagezian CA
    Tyler Gottshall CA
20 Skidmore Oliver Loutsenko NY
    Danny Knight FL
    Jimmy Sherpa CAN
    Gabe Steerman PA
21 Utah Matthew Cowley UT
    Devin Lane UT
    Gino Octa CAN
22 Cleveland State Matt Ford TX
    Matthew Kuelker MO
23 SCAD-Atlanta Jack Anton FL
    Joseph Dwyer FL
24 Winthrop Yuta Hirokawa JPN
25 MIT Curtis Wu CA
    Carlos Eyzaguirre TX
    Edwin Zhang VA
 

Also Receiving Consideration

We reviewed the resumes for more than 50 teams for these rankings. Teams that received strong consideration and almost made our list are (alphabetically) as follows: Boston University, CMS, Duquesne, Florida Atlantic, George Washington, Johns Hopkins, Hawaii, and SMU.

 

Head of the Class

The U.S. Military Academy has been getting a lot of press at TennisRecruiting.net lately. And with their recruiting class, why not? The Black Knights show up at No. 1 on our list - following up their #13 showing on our list of top classes overall. You can read about Army's recruiting class in this Countdown to Signing Day feature article.

A pair of teams from the West Coast Conference - San Diego and Santa Clara - check in at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. Each team was able to attract a Blue Chip recruit to its roster for next year.

Georgia State and Central Florida round out the top 5.

 

State Breakdowns

The 25 schools in this rank list represent 13 different states and 15 different conferences.

As usual, California leads the way. There are four programs from the Golden State in our Top 25. In addition to San Diego and Santa Clara at the top of the rankings, we also see UC Santa Barbara (No. 16) and Loyola Marymount (No. 19).

The southern states of Georgia and North Carolina each have three programs in the rankings, while Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, and Utah all have two.

 

Conference Call

Three conferences each have three programs in the rankings: the Colonial Athletic Association, Mountain West Conference, and West Coast Conference.

Also notable are five conferences from outside NCAA Division I. The powerful (and somewhat wordy) New England Small College Athletic Conference - or NESCAC - has two programs in the rankings: Middlebury (the 2010 NCAA Division III national champions) and Amherst (the 2010 NCAA D3 runner-up). Another Division III conference - the University Athletic Association - also has two programs.

The Liberty League and NEWMAC each feature one program in the rankings, and the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta is the lone NAIA school on the list.

 

Women's List Comes Monday

You only have a weekend to wait for the women's list. This coming Monday, TennisRecruiting.net will release its 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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