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Top Men's Classes - 2011 Spring Rankings
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The NCAA Championships continue to rage on in Stanford, California, where the 2011 NCAA Division I Tennis Championships are now through to the semifinals. In men's action, top-seeded Virginia and two-time defending champion USC will try to continue their march by holding off Ohio State and Georgia, respectively.

But before the matches begin, TennisRecruiting.net casts an eye to the future - and the top recruiting classes that will arrive this coming fall. With more than fourteen hundred committed seniors, the majority of schools have completed their recruiting for this year's class.

Today, the Tennis Recruiting Network announces the Top 25 men's recruiting classes for the Class of 2011.

 

Media Poll

The Tennis Recruiting Network has again enlisted the aid of junior tennis experts to determine the top classes. Reporters, national and international tournament directors, referees, ranking chairmen, and writers from across the country have donated their time and talents to vote on these top classes. Panelists for this voting period are shown below.

Each of our panelists submitted his/her take on the Top 25 recruiting classes. Schools received 25 points for each first-place vote, 24 points for each second-place vote, on down to 1 point for each 25th-place vote. The panelists were told not to consider incoming transfer students in their voting.

 

Top 25 Men's Recruiting Classes (through May 6)

Here are the Spring Rankings of the top men's college recruiting classes, presented by the Tennis Recruiting Network. The Top 25 classes are shown in order, with the point totals and previous ranking from the winter in the two columns at right. The number of first-place votes is shown in parentheses next to the school name.

New recruits for schools are shown in bold italics. These lists are based on all commitments reported through May 6, 2011.

 
Rank School Rating  Name State Points Prev
1 UCLA (8) Marcos Giron CA 360 2
    Dennis Mkrtchian CA
2 Vanderbilt (5) Gonzales Austin FL 350 1
    Anton Kovrigin MD
    Jeffrey Offerdahl TX
    Joe Dorn DC
    Suresh Eswaran CA
    Michael Retta VA
3 South Carolina Andrew Adams NY 331 3
    Carl Eguez FL
    Kyle Koch SC
    Benjamin Barnette SC
4 Tennessee (1) Brandon Fickey TN 304 5
    Hunter Reese GA
5 Cornell (1) Danny Riggs FL 288 4
    Jason Luu VA
    Quoc-Daniel Nguyen VA
    Alex Sidney MD
    Kyle Berman NY
    Jake Michaels CA
    Patrick Fiaux SUI
    Sam Fleck GBR
    Andro Zunic CRO
6 Michigan Alexander Petrone NY 283 12
    Michael Zhu NJ
    Eli Brown CAN
7 Virginia Mitchell Frank VA 253 6
8 USC Eric Johnson CA 244 9
    Yannick Hanfmann GER
9 Baylor Lars Behlen GER 237 8
    Mate Zsiga HUN
    Robert Korth FL
10 Stanford Robert Stineman IL 205 14
    John Morrissey IRL
11 Columbia Winston Lin NY 198 7
    Ashok Narayana TX
    Max Schnur VA
    Bert Vancura NY
    Theodore Marin IL
12 Utah Sahak Bazrganian CA 195 24
    Ace Matias CA
    Slim Hamza TUN
13 Notre Dame Wyatt McCoy MN 190 11
    Douglas Barnard IN
    Michael Fredericka OH
14 Harvard Denis Nguyen CA 168 10
    Henry Steer NJ
    A. Steinroeder MA
15 Georgia Nathan Pasha GA 132 18
16 Louisville Van Damrongsri MD 129 RV
    Michael Lippens NJ
    Chris Simich NZL
    S. Stiefelmeyer AUT
17 Duke Jason Tahir NY 128 19
    Raphael Hemmeler GER
18 Texas A&M Jeremy Efferding FL 124 -
19 Oklahoma Dane Webb TX 122 16
20 TCU Nick Chappell IN 110 15
21 N.C. State Robbie Mudge NC 104 13
    Ronald Powell AL
    Beck Bond CT
22 Illinois Ross Guignon KS 91 17
    Tim Kopinski IL
    Andrew Scholnick IL
23 Washington Emmett Egger WA 80 20
    Jeffrey Hawke CA
24 UC Santa Barbara Gregory Scott CA 55 21
    Mons Knudtzon NOR
    Ziad Sultan KUW
25 Ohio State Christopher Diaz OH 49 -
 

Also Receiving Votes

Other men's programs receiving votes are: Oklahoma State (37), Fordham (30), Johns Hopkins (21), George Washington (17), Brown (14), Yale (14), Clemson (4), Navy (3), Arizona (2), UC Irvine (2), Texas (1).

 

Shuffling the Top 5

Close voting at the top of the rankings tipped in favor of the UCLA Bruins in May. Head Coach Billy Martin and his staff were able to reel in two big-time prospects from California - Marcos Giron and Dennis Mkrtchian. Giron has been on fire so far this year, winning titles in Claremont and Carson as well as the Easter Bowl Championship. The UCLA recruiting class collected eight first-place votes against five for No. 2 Vanderbilt, who was the top vote-getter in our Winter Rankings.

The South Carolina Gamecocks check in as the No. 3 recruiting class in the nation, followed by No. 4 Tennessee and No. 5 Cornell, who each garnered one first-place vote.

 

The More Things Change

There are three new teams in our Top 25, with Louisville gathering the most votes. The Cardinals leaped up to No. 16 in this voting period on the strength of their four-man class that includes a pair of 5-Star recruits and two international players.

Other programs new to the Top 25 are Texas A&M (No. 18) and Ohio State (25), who picked up Blue Chip recruits Jeremy Efferding and Christopher Diaz, respectively.

 

Conference Call

The newly-minted PAC-12 leads the way with five recruiting classes in our Top 25. In addition to traditional members UCLA (No. 1), USC (8), Stanford (10), and Washington (23), the Utah Utes, who officially join the PAC-12 on July 1, are No. 12 in our rankings.

Close on their heels is the SEC with four ranked recruiting classes, including three of the top four.

The other high-major conferences - ACC, Big East, Big 10, Big 12, and Ivy League - each have three programs in the rankings.

Finally, it is interesting to note that UC Santa Barbara - with Blue Chip recruit Gregory Scott and two international commitments - is the only mid-major program to make the list. The Gauchos check in at No. 24 in our rankings.

 

Panelists for May 2011

The 15 panelists for this voting period are shown below alphabetically. We sincerely appreciate them donating their time and talents to this effort. Please join us in thanking them when you see them out and about in the tennis world.

 

Rankings, Rankings Everywhere...

These are only the first of our Recruiting Class Rankings. Rankings for the women's classes will be released next Monday, May 30th, followed by rankings of Mid-major as well as NCAA Division III schools.

 

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