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2010 Top NCAA Division III Men's Classes
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2010 marks the fifth year The Tennis Recruiting Network has put out recruiting class rankings. But 2010 is unique - this is the first year that we are putting out rankings of NCAA Division III recruiting classes.

TennisRecruiting.net traditionally puts out two sets of rankings for top recruiting classes: overall rankings and mid-major rankings. Each year in late May and early June, we have published these men's and women's rankings to provide additional recognition for graduating high school players - as well as for college tennis coaches and programs.

In recent years, there have been an increasing number of requests for rankings of NCAA Division III recruiting classes. D-III tennis is strong - particularly in the upper echelon - and many D-III programs have made our mid-major rankings over the years. But D-III colleges and players wanted their own lists.

The wait is over. This year, we kick off our inaugural Division III recruiting class rankings. We present the men's class rankings today - and Monday, we return with the women.

 

Top 25 NCAA Division III Men's Recruiting Classes (through May 29)

TennisRecruiting.net is excited to present the Top 25 NCAA Division III Men's Recruiting Classes for 2010. This list is based on commitments reported on or before May 29, 2010.

We enlisted the help of a number of NCAA Division III enthusiasts and insiders to aid in the rankings. While we do not publish a list of our helpers, we appreciate their assistance.

And now, feast your eyes on the Top 25...

Rank School Rating  Name State
1 Amherst Joey Fritz OH
    Christopher Dale TX
    Justin Reindel NY
    Eli Mlaver FL
2 Middlebury Zachry Bruchmiller TX
    Teddy Fitzgibbons KS
    Brantner Jones IL
    James Burke NJ
    Andrew Lebovitz MA
3 Chicago Alexander Golovin IL
    Neil Karandikar NJ
    Krishna Ravella IL
    Ryan Ho HKG
    Zsolt Bence Szabo HUN
4 Emory Parker Kelley CA
    Eric Seidelman FL
    Jackson Isaacs CA
    Dylan Kady PA
    Nicholas Szczurek IL
5 Skidmore Oliver Loutsenko NY
    Danny Knight FL
    Jimmy Sherpa CAN
    Gabe Steerman PA
6 CMS Yevgeny Pereverzin OR
    Frank Liu CA
    Neel Kotrappa CA
7 Wash U. - St. Louis Jeffrey Hirsh GA
    Naveen Chadalavada TN
    Jordan Flink TX
8 Johns Hopkins Jake Golman TX
    German Gonzalez FL
    Peter Rothstein MI
    Jeremy Schwartz CT
9 MIT Curtis Wu CA
    Carlos Eyzaguirre TX
    Edwin Zhang VA
10 Swarthmore Christian Carcione NJ
    Preston Poon NY
    Max Kaye FL
    Robert Xie CA
    Karanbir Padda OH
    Anthony Collard BEL
11 Tufts Austin Blau NY
    Patrick Monaghan NJ
    Matthew Pataro FL
    Axel Olson BEL
12 Mary Washington Alexander Blakhin FL
    Eric Caltabiano GA
    Mark Hyland VA
13 Methodist Duncan Miller AL
    Austin Wang AL
    Timothy Goetz VA
    Travis Jamison NC
    Gregory Patterson NC
    Brandon George NC
    Ryan Howard CT
14 Williams Matthew Micheli CA
    Adam Reich NJ
15 Case Western Matthew Dias FL
    Ryan Haines TX
    John Healey MD
    Eric Klawitter IL
    Nikhil Kulkarni IN
    Benjamin Mcclarren OH
    Derek Reinbold IN
16 Bowdoin Christopher Lord CA
    Sam King NY
17 Ursinus Evan Stutchin FL
    Matthew Hope PA
    Dylan Marsh NY
    Brent Stevenson PA
18 Pomona-Pitzer Christopher Wiechert OR
    Michael Meyer PA
    Timothy Lapinskas CA
    Gar Lauerman IL
19 DePauw Kyle Coronel KY
    Sam Winkler IL
    Samuel Miles IN
20 Redlands Taylor Hunt WA
    Teddy Burchett CA
21 Bates Timmy Berg FL
    Benjamin Bogard NY
22 Whitman Andrew La Cava WA
    Steven Roston CA
    William Huskey CA
23 Coe College Jeffrey Damisch IA
    Michael Janssen WI
    Sam Kerby NM
    Alex Klaas WI
    Daken Starkenburg IA
    Tyler Wilson IA
    Alex Leovic CO
    Michael Woolf IL
24 Haverford Andy Dougherty MA
    Robert Homan OH
    Matthew Romei NJ
25 Oberlin Logan Chun HI
    Alex Koeberle CA
    Charlie Marks OH
 

Also Receiving Consideration

A team of D-III insiders - including the Division III Blogger - reviewed the resumes of more than 50 D-III recruiting classes in coming up with these rankings. Other recruiting classes put forward by the insiders that almost made our list are (alphabetically) as follows: Allegheny, Brandeis, Luther, Oglethorpe, Oneonta, Pacific (OR) Wabash, and Wittenberg.

 

Familiar Faces

In last week's mid-major rankings, we spent some time discussing the strength of teams from the New England Small College Athletic Conference. NESCAC teams regularly make themselves at home near the top of D-III tennis. This year, the NCAA team championship featured two NESCAC programs in the finals - with the Middlebury Panthers taking the title match from Amherst by a score of 5-1.

Those two programs figure to have some tough matches in the future. Amherst checks in at #1 in our rankings, just ahead of Middlebury. Joey Fritz, Christopher Dale, Justin Reindel, and Eli Mlaver give the Lord Jeffs strength and depth, including players who should contribute right away.

 
Conference Rundown

While the NESCAC leads the way with six of the Top 25 programs, two other conferences - the University Athletic Association and Centennial Conference are hot on their heels with four programs each. The UAA actually has more Top 10 programs than any other conference with Chicago (No. 3), Emory (4), and Wash U (7).

The only other conference with more than one program in the rankings is California's SCIAC, with three programs.

 
State by State

Sixteen (16) states are represented in these rankings. Quick, which state has more programs in the rankings than any other? If you guessed the Bay State, you would be right.

Four programs from our rankings - all in the Top 15 - call Massachusetts home: Amherst (No. 1), MIT (9), Tufts (11), and Williams (14).

Other states with multiple teams in the rankings include California (3 programs), Pennsylvania (3), Ohio (2), and Maine (2).

 
Coming Monday... the Women

On Monday, we conclude our look at 2010 recruiting classes with our Division III women's lists.

 

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