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Top Men's Classes - 2013 Spring Rankings

Today is the last day of the NCAA Championships in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, with the men's and women's singles and doubles championships taking place today.

But before the matches begin - and the 2012-13 season comes to an end - Tennis Recruiting casts an eye to the future and looks at the top recruiting classes that will arrive this coming fall. With more than 1,700 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 2013.


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 - and also did not consider players that started college in January.


Top 25 Men's Recruiting Classes (through May 3)

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 3, 2013.

Rank School Rating  Name State Points Prev
1 Virginia (16) Thai-Son Kwiatkowski NC 496 1
    Luca Corinteli VA
    Juan Aragone CA
    Jordan Daigle LA
2 UCLA (2) Gage Brymer CA 474 2
    M. McDonald CA
    Joseph DiGiulio CA
    Michael Guzman CA
3 North Carolina (2) Ronnie Schneider IN 453 5
    Brayden Schnur CAN
    Jack Murray MI
    Johan Skattum NOR
4 Florida Diego Hidalgo ECU 429 3
    Elliott Orkin GA
    Maxx Lipman TN
    Joshua Wardell FL
5 Stanford Roy Lederman FL 397 7
    Brandon Sutter CA
    Yale Goldberg OH
6 Florida State Jose Gracia FL 396 6
    Grayson Goldin FL
    Jake Albo FL
    Parker Evertsen GA
    Jack Haffey FL
7 USC Connor Farren CA 384 4
    Robbie Bellamy CA
    Nicholas Crystal NY
8 Northwestern Konrad Zieba IL 356 9
    Samuel Shropshire PA
    Strong Kirchheimer NC
    Alp Horoz TUR
9 Texas George Goldhoff CA 310 16
    Clement Homs FRA
10 South Florida Roberto Cid FL 302 NR
    Alexandru Gozun FL
    Vadym Kalyuzhnyy UKR
    Finn Meinecke GER
11 Georgia Tech C. Benito Hergueta ESP 269 22
    Will Showers GA
    Cole Fiegel FL
12 California Filip Bergevi SWE 257 8
    Andre Goransson SWE
13 Oklahoma V. Ghilea ROM 226 24
    Andrew Harris AUS
14 Cornell Christopher Vrabel VA 186 23
    Dylan Brown CA
    Philip Antohi NY
    Bernardo Casares BRA
15 North Florida Zachary Goldberg FL 178 NR
    Jack Findel-Hawkins GBR
    Fabian Pronnet GER
    Yannick Zuern GER
    Caio Gomes BRA
16 Pepperdine Stefan Menichella CA 161 12
    Alex Giannini CA
    Alexander Solonin CA
17 Boise State Brendan McClain CA 144 11
    Abraham Hewko CA
18 Harvard Andrew Ball CA 142 RV
    Sebastian Beltrame FL
    Pak Long Yeung HKG
19 Princeton Joshua Yablon NY 134 21
    Alexander Day CAN
    Thomas Colautti GBR
20 Tennessee Markus Kerner EST 131 10
    Sean Karl TN
21 Wake Forest Maksim Kan OH 110 17
    Aws Laaribi CAN
22 Penn Matthew Nardella NY 98 13
    Marshall Sharp TN
    Thomas Spratt SC
    Stu Little OH
23 Columbia Richard Pham CA 87 15
    Miguel Alda TX
    Shawn Hadavi NY
    William Chiu CA
    Christopher Grant CA
24 South Carolina Andrew Schafer SC 63 20
    Sam Swank NY
25 Alabama Hayes Brewer GA 56 19
    Sean Donohue KY
    Saxon Buehning NJ

Also Receiving Votes

Other men's programs receiving votes are: George Washington (43), Minnesota (31), Dartmouth (27), N.C. State (23), Clemson (22), Cal Poly (18), Penn State (18), Michigan (16), Denver (13), Notre Dame (11), Yale (10), Duke (7), Richmond (6), Vanderbilt (6), Monmouth (4), LSU (2), UC Santa Barbara (2), TCU (1), UC Davis (1).


Dynastic Cavaliers

It's a good time to be a Virginia fan. After winning their first-ever NCAA Championship last week, the Wahoos should reload next year for another title run. No. 1 Jarmere Jenkins and No. 6 Julen Uriguen are graduating, but Virginia returns a wealth of experience - including Alex Domijan and Mitchell Frank who have won singles titles at major college events. For good measure, let's add the top-ranked recruiting class of 2013 to the mix.

The recruiting class of Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, Luca Corinteli, Juan Aragone, and Jordan Daigle - four recruits who have all been ranked in the top 5 nationally - earned 16 of the 20 first-place votes and 496 out of 500 possible points.


Into the Top 10

A look at the rankings shows two teams new to our Top 10: Texas (No. 9) and South Florida (10).

The Texas Longhorns have added to their recruiting haul, signing Clement Homs of France this spring to go with Fall recruit George Goldhoff. Homs and Goldhoff will join JUCO transfer Adrien Berkowicz - singles champion at the 2012 USTA/ITA National Small College Championships - as newcomers to Austin this fall.

The South Florida Bulls are bringing in perhaps their best recruiting class ever - including two players with ATP ranking points. The four-man class of Roberto Cid, Alexandru Gozun, Vadym Kalyuzhnyy, and Finn Meinecke earned 302 points in the voting. Both Cid and Meinecke, who enrolled in January but whose eligibility starts this coming fall, have posted wins over adults ranked in the Top 1,000.


New Arrivals

There are three programs in the rankings that did not appear in our winter poll. In addition to the aforementioned Bulls of South Florida, North Florida and Harvard check in at No. 15 and No. 18, respectively.

North Florida is making its first-ever appearance in our recruiting class rankings. Indeed, the Ospreys have never before garnered a single vote. But that all changed this year, as the five-man class of Zachary Goldberg, Jack Findel-Hawkins, Fabian Pronnet, Yannick Zuern, and Caio Gomes earned 178 points - which was good enough for the No. 15 spot in our list.

Conversely, the Harvard Crimson are no strangers to our rankings. 2013 marks the third straight year and sixth overall that Head Coach Dave Fish has attracted a top class to Cambridge. The Crimson added Pak Long Yeung of Hong Kong to Andrew Ball and Sebastian Beltrame - a pair of 5-Star recruits - to earn the No. 18 spot on our list.


Conference Call

The super-sized ACC and the more stable Ivy League each have five representatives in the rankings.

The ACC has three teams in the Top 10: top-ranked Virginia, the No. 3 North Carolina Tar Heels, and the No. 6 Florida State Seminoles. Other ACC programs in rankings are Georgia Tech (No. 11) and Wake Forest (21).

As mentioned in last week's article, the talent level at Ivy institutions has been growing, and these recruiting class rankings show that the trend is continuing. Five Ivy programs - Cornell (No. 14), Harvard (18), Princeton (19), Penn (22), and Columbia (23) - appear in the rankings. With two more schools - Dartmouth and Yale - also receiving votes, classes from seven of the eight Ivies got the attention of our panel.

Other conferences with more than two programs in the rankings are the PAC-12 and SEC with four programs apiece. The PAC-12 has three programs in the Top 10 and four in the Top 12.


Four recruiting classes in our rankings come from programs outside of the so-called "high major" conferences, and these four programs are each the sole representative of their conferences. In addition to South Florida (American Athletic) and North Florida (Atlantic Sun), we see perrenial powerhouses Pepperdine of the West Coast Conference at No. 16 and Boise State of the Mountain West at No. 17.

These four programs should figure prominently in our mid-major rankings which will be published in the coming weeks.


Panelists for May 2013

The 20 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.

  • Dede Allen, Contributor to TennisRecruiting.net, USTA Florida Section, consultant to Prince Sports
  • Joseph Braden, Director of Tennis at Schwartz Tennis Center, USTA/Midwest Tournament Director.
  • Casey Chapin, National Tournament Director, Director, Hudlow Tennis Center
  • Brian Cory, Director of Tennis at Carmel Valley Athletic Club, National Tournament Director
  • Sonny Dearth, Daily Press newspaper and dailypress.com Web site in Newport News, Va.
  • Tim Donovan, Donovan Tennis Strategies, DTS College Prospects Showcases
  • Barry Friedman, Director of Tennis, The Claremont Club, National Tournament Director G18's National Team Championships, tournament director USTA Men's Pro Circuit (Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center USTA Pro Classic)
  • Sally Grabham, National Tournament Director, USTA Winter Nationals, National Junior Competition Committee, Southwest Junior Competition Committee, Central Arizona Delegate
  • Larry Haugness, USTA/Missouri Valley Board of Directors, National Tournament Director, PTR National Tester, USPTA, Junior Davis Cup Coach
  • Marty Hennessy, Director of Tennis at The Stirling Club, USPTA professional, National Tournament Director
  • Larry Jackson, Director, Dayton Center Courts and Tennis Academy, National Tournament Director
  • Ali Jones, Contributor to TennisRecruiting.net, USTA/Texas Junior Tennis Blog
  • Ernie Katko, Junior Development Coach in Chicago, USTA High Performance Coach, USPTA, PTR, Member of USTA/Midwest Coaches Commission
  • David "The Koz" Kozlowski, Inside Tennis With The Koz, The Tennis Channel
  • Colette Lewis, ZooTennis.com
  • Phil Parrish, Tennis Director, The Longfellow Club, National Tournament Director, Former College Coach
  • Robert Sasseville, National Tournament Director, USTA National Referee
  • Jeffrey Szekely, Former National Tournament Director, USTA Clay Courts
  • Clayton Taylor, Former ATP and Collegiate Coach. Former Director of U.S. International Hard Courts and National Opens.
  • Julie Wrege, TennisInformation.com, TennisRecruiting.net, former National Tournament Director, former USTA ranking chair

Rankings, Rankings Everywhere...

These are only the first of our Recruiting Class Rankings. Rankings for the women's classes will be released next Monday, June 3rd, followed by rankings of Mid-major as well as NCAA Division III schools.


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