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Spring Signing Week '18: Signing Week Arrives

The countdown is over ... Signing Week is here! This Wednesday, April 11, 2018, is Signing Day - the first opportunity in 2018 for high school seniors to sign National Letters of Intent with Division I or Division II schools.

The Tennis Recruiting Network and GAMMA are ready with exclusive coverage of Spring Signing Week 2018. Check back all week for roundups, updates on the Top 100, live commitment announcements, and more - as members of the Class of 2018 make formal commitments to schools.

In this first article, we take a look at our schedule for the week, and we also update you on the status of the Top 100.

Every day this week, TRN and GAMMA will bring you special content. These articles will run in addition to our usual content - the rankings and other content that we publish from Tuesday through Friday.

Here is a quick look at our schedule for the article series ...


GAMMA Signing Week Series


Top 100 Update

Over the past few weeks, we checked out the Top 100 recruits in the Class of 2018 in our "War Room" articles (Boys, Girls). In mid-to-late March, only 10 of the boys and 13 of the girls were uncommitted.

We have been making every effort to keep up with these remaining kids, and today we give you an update. Some of these recruits have narrowed their lists, others have made decisions - and one plans to announce her commitment as part of our Signing Week coverage.

TRN has been busy collecting this information, and we are excited to share it with you. Take a look at where the boys and girls are in the recruiting process.


Boys' Status (as of April 7, 2018)

The table below shows the updated status of the Top 100 recruits who were undecided in mid-March. The Commitment column shows whether the recruit has made a verbal commitment or is undecided, while the Interests column indicates schools of interest. Rankings shown are not current rankings - but rather rankings from March 19.

3 Sebastian Korda   Open
30 Yeudy Villar   Open
31 Colton Gromley Georgia Tech Georgia Tech
43 Tomas Kopczynski Stanford Stanford
47 David Mizrahi Spring 2019 Open
53 Theodore McDonald   Open
55 Austin Di Giulio   Open
70 Brandon Perez   Open
73 Brandon Stringfellow   Open
96 Sahm Irvine Deciding Soon California, UC Davis, UCLA

Girls' Status (as of April 7, 2018)

Below we see the status for the Top 100 girls. The table uses the same format as the boys' table above. Once again, rankings shown are from the original article date on March 26.

5 Ellie Douglas   Open
14 Malkia Ngounoue   Open
31 Amber Shen MIT MIT
45 Catherine Gulihur Considering '19 Open
46 Haley Giavara Reclassified to 2019 Open
48 Taylor Melville Announcing 4/11 Furman, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisville, Michigan State, Virginia Tech
66 Toni Nelson   Open
70 Chloe Hamlin   Open
71 Allison Mulville   Open
73 Mayu Tezuka   Open
77 Jenna Dean   Open
78 Jamie Schroer   Open
94 Sarah Wilcox   Open

Three More Commits

As you can see, there is not much movement in the Top 100, but three more of these highly-regarded seniors have made their decisions.

A pair of 5-Star senior boys - Colton Gromley and Tomas Kopczynski - are now off the board. Gromley, a top senior from Norcross, Ga., who posted four combined singles victories in last summer’s USTA national championships, has decided to stay close to home and is heading to Georgia Tech. Kopczynski has spent the past year playing ITF tournaments exclusively, and his current ITF ranking is No. 122 after posting a career-high mark of No. 109 earlier this year. Kopczynski plans to travel from Florida to California next year to attend Stanford University.

On the girls’ side, only Top-40 senior Amber Shen has made a decision. Shen, an exceptional student, considered a number of elite universities before deciding to commit to rising D-III star MIT. We will hear from Shen this afternoon in a commitment article.

One more Top 100 girl will make her commitment later this week, as 5-Star senior Taylor Melville will be announcing her decision on Signing Day. Melville will be announcing her decision from among Arkansas, Furman, Georgia, Louisville, Michigan State, and Virginia Tech.


Fast Start

The Countdown is just getting started. Come by the website at 3pm Eastern / noon Pacific to hear from Shen. In the meantime, take a look at all the great content we have in store for you in our GAMMA Countdown to Signing Day ...



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