Notes

The table above lists all recruits as of May 5, 2018. In addition to the Star Rating, we display the highest TRN and ITF junior rankings for each player over the 6-month period prior to the voting, and for international players we display the TRN ranking they would hold if eligible. We also display current ATP and UTR numbers from the date the voting began.

 

Also Receiving Votes

Other men's programs receiving votes are: Georgia State (47), Portland (36), Air Force (32), Clemson (14), Navy (14), California (12), Ole Miss (12), Penn (11), Utah State (7), Tulsa (7), Georgia Tech (4), Louisville (4), Yale (4), Nebraska (3), Vanderbilt (3), William & Mary (1), North Florida (1), Chicago (1)

 

Gator Way

Florida fans were out in force last week in Winston-Salem, cheering on Head Coach Bryan Shelton’s Gators as they reached the Elite Eight. Things are looking up in Gainesville, as Florida have reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA team tournament two out of the past three years after failing to do so since 2005.

More help is on the way. After posting the No. 5 and No. 2 recruiting classes in 2015 and 2017, respectively, the Gators have now ascended to the top spot here in 2018. Twin brothers and 5-Star recruits Harry and Grey Cacciatore are joined by Blue Chip seniors Sam Riffice and Lukas Greif to form the No. 1 class. Florida earned 17 of 24 first-place votes and 585 out of a possible 600 points.

 

Checking the Top 5

Several other recruiting classes impressed our panel, including the University of Georgia with the No. 2 class in the nation. Blue Chip senior Trent Bryde and Philip Henning of South Africa join 5-Star recruits Blake Croyder and Britton Johnston to help the Dawgs climb up 20 spots from our Winter poll. Head Coach Manny Diaz’s class garnered 546 points and 3 first-place votes.

A third SEC program, Texas A&M, sits at No. 3 in our poll. Blue Chip senior Noah Schachter headlines a 5-man class who earned 4 first-place votes from our panel.

Rounding out the Top 5 are Stanford and Michigan with the No. 4 and 5 recruiting classes, respectively.

 

New Faces

Three programs appear in our recruiting class rankings that did not make our initial list in January. Kentucky is the highest-ranked of these programs at No. 14, and they are joined in our rankings by South Florida (No. 15) and Middle Tennessee (20).

There was some shuffling at the top of the list as well, with four new programs in our Top 10. In addition to previously-mentioned Georgia (No. 2) and Stanford (4), we also see South Carolina (7) and Central Florida (8) among our Top 10 recruiting classes.

 

Conference Call

The SEC dominated our recruiting class rankings this year in every way possible. As we mentioned before, SEC powers Florida, Georgia, and Texas A&M hold down the top three spots in the country and collectively earned all 24 first-place votes. Add in the recruiting class from South Carolina (No. 7), and you get four Top 10 classes - where no other conference has more than one. The SEC also leads all conferences overall with 7 ranked recruiting classes - Kentucky (14), Tennessee (17), and LSU (21) round out the SEC programs in the Top 25.

The Big 10 has the second-most programs with 5 recruiting classes in our Top 25, while the ACC and PAC-12 have 3 ranked classes apiece.

Three recruiting classes in our rankings come from programs outside the six traditional powerhouse conferences: Central Florida (No. 8), South Florida (15), and Middle Tennessee (20).

 

Panelists for Spring 2018

The 24 panelists for this voting period are shown below alphabetically. Please join us in thanking them for donating their time and talents to this effort.

  • Joseph Braden - Director of Tennis at Schwartz Tennis Center, USTA/Midwest Tournament Director
  • Annette Broersma, M.S. - Private College Sports Placement Counselor
  • Casey Chapin - National Tournament Director, Director, Hudlow Tennis Center
  • Brian Cory - Director of Tennis at Carmel Valley Athletic Club (CVAC), USPTA
  • Sonny Dearth - Daily Press newspaper and dailypress.com Web site in Newport News, Va.
  • Joey Dillon - TRN contributor, freelance writer
  • Tim Donovan - Donovan Tennis Strategies, DTS College Prospects Showcases
  • Sally Grabham - National Tournament Director, USTA National Sportsmanship Committee, Southwest Junior Competition Committee, USTA Southwest Section President
  • Chris Halioris - College Tennis Ranks principal, College Tennis Today contributor
  • Larry Haugness - USTA/Missouri Valley Executive Committee, Former ITF and USTA National Tournament Director, PTR National Tester, USPTA, Junior Davis Cup Coach
  • Granger Huntress - Texas College Tennis blog
  • Ernie Katko - Junior Development Coach in Chicago, USTA High Performance Coach
  • Dave “The Koz” Kozlowski - Inside Tennis With The Koz, The Tennis Channel
  • Patty Lambropoulos - Junior Tennis Coordinator, College Park Athletic Club, National Tournament Director, Chicago District Board of Director and Endorser, Midwest Junior Competion Committee
  • Colette Lewis - ZooTennis.com
  • Rick Limpert - TRN contributor, freelance writer
  • Tony Minnis - Former head coach, LSU women's tennis, host of College Sports Weekly on Fox College Sports
  • Parsa Nemati - Junior and college tennis expert
  • Phil Parrish - Tennis Director, The Longfellow Club, National Tournament Director, Former College Coach
  • Robert Sasseville - National Tournament Director, USTA Junior Competition Committee Member, USTA National Referee
  • Lisa Stone - ParentingAces.com
  • Clayton Taylor - Former ATP and Collegiate Coach. Former Director of U.S. International Hard Courts and National Opens
  • Dalton Thieneman - Cracked Racquets principal
  • Julie Wrege - TRN principal, TennisInformation.com principal, former National Tournament Director, former USTA junior ranking chair and USTA Tennis Rules Committee member
 
 

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