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2011 Top NCAA Division III Men's Classes

As we delve into June, our recruiting class rankings are moving towards conclusion. But before we wrap things up, The Tennis Recruiting Network is putting out its second annual rankings of NCAA Division III recruiting classes.

Division III tennis is very popular, and TennisRecruiting.net receives reports of many commitments to D-III schools. So far this year, there have been almost 500 commitments to D-III schools on the commitment lists, including 125 commitments from players rated 3 Stars or better.

With so much support for D-III programs, TennisRecruiting.net launched Division III recruiting class rankings last year. We are excited to return with the second edition here in 2011. Today we present the men's class rankings today - and Wednesday, 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 2011. This list is based on commitments reported on or before May 29, 2011.

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 While we do not publish a list of our helpers, we appreciate their assistance.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, take a look at the Top 25...

Rank School Rating  Name State
1 CMS Warren Wood CA
    Cameron Bernhardt CA
    Nikolas Marino CA
2 Johns Hopkins Tanner Brown TX
    Ben Hwang FL
    Noah Joachim NJ
    Jensen Reiter NY
    Sam Weissler NC
    Edward Corty FL
    Andrew Zhong PA
    David Greenbaum NY
3 Carnegie Mellon Johnny Wang CA
    Thomas Cooper NM
    William Duncan CA
    Christian Heaney-Secord MA
    Vinit Palayekar NJ
    Bryce Beisswanger CA
    Roshan Sriram CA
4 Wash U. - St. Louis Kevin Chu MD
    Ross Putterman IL
    Parker Chang NC
    Amreet Mohanty CA
    Eric Zishka MN
    Jason Hubsher NY
5 Emory Eric Halpern NY
    Alex Ruderman NJ
    Tyler Gadbois CA
    Brian Kowalski FL
6 Kenyon Wade Heerboth AZ
    Michael Razumovsky MD
    Timothy Rosensteel NJ
    Davis Thrailkill TN
    Colin Haas CO
    Andrew Herring KY
    Jacob Huber NY
7 Amherst Jonathan Cypers NY
    Andrew Scheiner NY
    Samuel Ubersax OH
    Cameron Lovett-Woodsum MA
8 Bowdoin Noah Bragg MA
    Douglas Caplan PA
    Kyle Wolstencroft CT
9 Mary Washington Evan Charles VA
    Tyler Carey VA
    Colin Edwards FL
    Kaleb Nguyen VA
    Donato Rizzolo FL
10 Washington & Lee Taylor Shamshiri TX
    Michael Goldstein NC
    Carl Andren CT
11 Chicago Deepak Sabada CA
    Ankur Bhargava VA
12 Redlands Nicolas Cummins CA
    Parker Glore CA
    Taylor Hunt WA
    Gram Leahy OR
    Patrick Lipscomb CA
    Jack Reynolds CO
    Teddy Jones MO
    Maximillian Licona CA
    Aaron Marvin CA
13 Trinity (CT) Daniel Carpenter MN
    Ilya Levin MA
    Ned Mandel MD
    Musyoka Mbithi NJ
    David Myers IL
    Brayden Minahan MA
    Alexander Rosenbluth NY
    Evan Tikka CA
14 Sewanee Rand Jackson TN
    Alexander Cooper TN
    Aaron Cotton LA
15 Trinity (TX) Charlie Curtis MO
    Aaron Skinner MO
    Greg Marifian IL
    Jordan Mayer TX
    Eric Schluter TX
    Thomas Knight CAN
    Pablo Diaz PR
    Brandon Thompson ME
16 Denison Casey Cempre OH
    Shankar Rajupet PA
    Alex Conn MD
    Graham Gettel MI
    Grant Veltman MI
    William Longo IL
17 Case Western William Drougas VA
    Bas Van Lent CAN
18 Cal Lutheran Oliver Thornton CA
    Connor Treacy CA
    Matthew Casey OR
19 Swarthmore Maxwell Sacks NJ
    Irving Stone CA
    Joshua Raifman CA
    Harrison Lands CAN
20 Middlebury Peter Heidrich IL
    Courtney Mountifield NH
    Christopher Frost NY
21 Skidmore Alexander Hoblitzell MD
    Miles Ransom FL
22 Pomona-Pitzer Michael Chang CA
    Connor Sutton KS
    Kevin Wei CA
23 Carleton Avery Rux TX
    Andrew Hwang WI
    Rishi Karri WI
    Philip Xiao CA
    Benjamin Huang WA
    Mauricio Gonzalez IL
24 Brandeis Hunter Bielfield MI
    Michael Secular FL
    Benjamin Fine RI
25 Anderson Abdoulaye Camara MD

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: Bates, Coast Guard, College of New Jersey DePauw, Gustavus Adolphus, Nichols, RPI, Whitman, and Whittier.


Stampeding Stags

Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, and Scripps colleges combine when they compete in intercollegiate athletics. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps - or CMS - compete in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, and their men's teams are known as the Stags.

Of course, if you follow D-III tennis, you are already familiar with CMS. The Stags have finished in the Top 10 nationally and won the SCIAC Conference Championship every year since 2006. Head Coach Paul Settles has certainly established CMS as one of the elite teams in NCAA Division III.

This fall, the No. 1 Division III recruiting class in the country arrives to help the Stags in 2011-12 and beyond. The three-man class is headed by Warren Wood (Del Mar, Calif.), who achieved a ranking of No. 52 among seniors before stopping junior play in January. In addition to his tournament play, the 6'0" right-hander led La Jolla Country Day to multiple CIF championships.

Add in Four-Star recruits Cameron Bernhardt and Nikolas Marino - also from California - and you get the No. 1 recruiting class.

Give Me Five

There was quite a bit of debate about who should get the top spot in the rankings. Support for Johns Hopkins, our No. 2 program, was quite strong. The Bluejays are bringing in eight athletes next season, including five 4-Star athletes from around the country: Tanner Brown (Tex.), Ben Hwang (Fla.), Noah Joachim (N.J.), Jensen Reiter (N.Y.), and Sam Weissler (N.C.). Those players should contribute immediately for the Black and Blue.

The Carnegie Mellon Tartans - with a class headlined by 5-Star recruit Johnny Wang - were No. 3 in the rankings. Washington University (No. 4) and Emory (5) round out the Top 5.

Conference Call

The University Athletic Association has capable teams when it comes to men's tennis. Just this season, the eight-team UAA advanced a pair of squads - Emory and Washington - to the Final Four, with Emory reaching the championship match.

On the recruiting trail, six of the eight UAA programs show up in our Top 25 recruiting classes, with three of them in the Top 10. Carnegie Mellon (No. 3), Washington University (4), Emory (5), Chicago (11), Case Western (17), and Brandeis (24) all represent the UAA in our list.

Other conferences with more than two programs in the rankings are the NESCAC (4 programs) and SCIAC (4).

State by State

The stronger teams in Division III tennis are spread out across the country, and the recruiting classes have a nice geographical distribution as well. Seventeen different states are represented in the Top 25.

Only one state has multiple teams in the Top 10, but which one? If you guessed California - usually the correct answer for these questions - you would be wrong. The Commonwealth of Virginia has two teams toward the top of the rankings, with Mary Washington (No. 9) and Washington & Lee (10) filling out the Top 10.

Looking more broadly, California does have more programs in the Top 25 than any other state. Joining the top class from Claremont-Mudd-Scripps are Redlands (No. 12), Cal Lutheran (18), and Pomona-Pitzer (22).

The state of Ohio has three teams in the rankings - Kenyon (No. 6), Denison (16), and Case Western (17) - while Massachusetts and Pennsylvania join Virginia with two programs apiece.

Coming Wednesday... the Women

On Wednesday, we conclude our look at 2011 recruiting classes with our Division III women's lists.


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