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Top Men's Classes - 2017 Spring Rankings
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The NCAA Championships are building towards their final matches tomorrow, with the semifinals of both the men's and women's team tournaments taking place today.

As the 2016-17 season comes to an end, college teams are already preparing for next season, and Tennis Recruiting is ready to take another look at the 2017 recruiting classes. We have almost 1,700 reported college commitments on our commitment lists (boys, girls), so there is no time like the present to check in on how the schools are doing.

Today, The Tennis Recruiting Network announces the Top 25 men's recruiting classes for the Class of 2017, presented by YTEX Strings.

 

Media Poll

The Tennis Recruiting Network and YTEX have 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 incoming freshmen who competed this spring.

 

Top 25 Men's Recruiting Classes (through April 30)

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, while seniors who switched commitments or reclassified are shown with strikethrough. These lists are based on all commitments reported through April 30, 2017.

 
Rank School Rating  Name State Points Prev
1 California (13) Jacob Brumm CA 532 1
    Ben Draper GBR
    Jack Molloy GBR
    Paul Barretto CA
    Jackson Suh WA
    Achyuta Iyengar FL
2 Florida (4) Oliver Crawford SC 497 2
    Duarte Vale POR
    Andres Andrade FL
3 UCLA (2) Keegan Smith CA 494 3
    Kenneth Connor Hance CA
    Bryce Pereira CA
    Lucas Bellamy CA
4 Illinois Alexander Brown IA 456 4
    Mac Kiger NY
    Fletcher Scott KS
    Caleb Chakravarthi CA
5 Arizona State (3) Benjamin Hannestad DEN 444 NR
    Andrea Bolla ITA
    Michael Geerts BEL
    M. Rakotomalala FRA
    William Kirkman MI
    Carsyn Smith AZ
6 Columbia Austen Huang CA 421 5
    Jack Mingjie Lin CAN
    Rian Pandole IND
    Jason Lui WA
7 Notre Dame William Howells FL 399 6
    Richard Ciamarra CT
    Tristan McCormick PA
    Paul Gota OH
8 Michigan Mattias Siimar EST 369 NR
    Kristofer Siimar EST
    Harrison Brown SC
    TJ Oosterbaan MI
9 Virginia Kyrylo Tsygura MD 367 7
    Matthew Lord CT
    Max Kurzban KS
    Jefferson Dockter GA
10 Stanford Timothy Sah CA 345 8
    Sam Turchetta NY
    Kento Perera CA
    Christian Kontaxis CA
11 Dartmouth Dan Martin CAN 273 16
    John Speicher NY
    Peter Conklin CT
    Casey Ross CO
    Gilbert Jaeger SWE
12 Oklahoma State Thomas Unia FRA 253 19
    Luke Hammond GBR
    Brady Draheim NE
13 Pepperdine Yousef Khamis EGY 243 NR
    Brian Berdusco FL
    Maxwell Mendelsohn AR
14 Princeton Ryan Seggerman CA 211 9
    Damian Rodriguez GBR
    Kabir Sarita NJ
15 Miami (FL) Bojan Jankulovski MKD 201 11
    Adria Soriano ESP
    Tatsuki Shimamoto JPN
    Jake Kuhlman ND
    Pablo Aycart ESP
16 Iowa Joe Tyler GBR 167 17
    Will Davies GBR
    Piotr Smietana POL
    Nikita Snezhko MN
17 San Diego August Holmgren DEN 164 RV
    David Norfeldt SWE
    Alexander Reyna CA
18 Arizona Igor Karpovets UKR 160 RV
    Aaro Pollanen FIN
    Alex Kuperstein CA
    Carlos Hassey AZ
19 Florida State Chase Wood TX 159 RV
    Richard Thongoana RSA
20 Florida Atlantic Jason Legall FL 157 18
    Ignacio Garcia PR
    Thomas Guy FL
    Marwan Abaza FL
    I. Morin Kougoucheff FRA
21 UC Santa Barbara Victor Krustev CAN 135 NR
    Henrik Atlevi SWE
    Ajai Shekhera CA
    Wilhelm Saiga CA
22 Ohio State John McNally OH 98 14
23 Wake Forest Ryan Mueller   83 12
    Yuval Solomon NY
    Brady Draheim NE
    Morgan Dill FL
24 Penn Aleks Huryn GA 75 10
    Dmitry Shatalin RUS
    Jeff Zucker NJ
    R.J. Sands CA
25 Michigan State Davis Wong MI 71 20
    Josh Mukherjee MI
    John Carlin FL
    Jack Winkler MI
 

Also Receiving Votes

Other men's programs receiving votes are: Washington (67), Oklahoma (51), Vanderbilt (50), Duke (39), Texas A&M (39), Georgetown (33), Chicago (23), Clemson (19), Northwestern (12), Amherst (9), N.C. State (5), Yale (5), Georgia Tech (4), UC Davis (4), Middlebury (3), Penn State (3), Rice (3), Texas Tech (3), Virginia Tech (2), Denver (1), Indiana (1).

 

Still the One

The top four recruiting classes in our poll are the same as we saw in our winter rankings, which means that the California Golden Bears are still in the No. 1 spot. Coach Peter Wright's class received 13 of 22 first-place votes from our panel to earn 532 points out of a possible 550.

California has a six-man class coming in next season, as the Golden Bears welcome Blue Chip recruits Jacob Brumm and Paul Barretto, British standouts Ben Draper and Jack Molloy, five-star athlete Jackson Suh, and Achyuta Iyengar to Berkeley this coming August.

 

High Five

There was no clear consensus from our panel about the No. 1 team, as four different recruiting classes received first-place votes.

Head Coach Bryan Shelton's Florida Gators are again in the No. 2 spot, earning four first-place votes and 497 points. Blue Chip seniors Oliver Crawford and Andres Andrade will join Portugal's Duarte Vale in Gainesville next year to build on a successful 2016-17 campaign.

Florida just barely edged the UCLA Bruins - who hold down the No. 3 position in our rankings with 494 points. Connor Hance, Keegan Smith, Bryce Pereira, and Lucas Bellamy - who all hail from the Golden State - received two first-place votes from our panel.

Rounding out the Top 5 are the Illinois Fighting Illini and Arizona State Sun Devils who are No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.

 

New Faces

If you think these rankings look a bit different than they did in the winter, you would be correct. There are seven programs in the list above that did not appear in our winter poll: Arizona State (No. 5), Michigan (8), Pepperdine (13), San Diego (17), Arizona (18), Florida State (19), and UC Santa Barbara (210).

Leading the way is the Arizona State Sun Devils - who are reviving men's tennis as an NCAA sport after dropping the sport following the 2008 season. Sun Devil Head Coach Matt Hill will obviously be bringing in a lot of new faces next year, but the faces he will bring in are quality ones - with a nice mix of highly-regarded internaional and American players. Arizona State checks in at No. 5 in our rankings - and their class was impressive enough to earn three first-place votes from our panel.

Also new to the Top 10 is the Michigan Wolverines at No. 8. Michigan Coach Adam Steinberg recently received commitments from twins Kristofer and Mattias Siimar of Estonia to go along with American recruits Harrison Brown and TJ Oosterbaan which caught the eyes of our panel.

 

Conference Call

Four conferences have distinguished themselves in these rankings: the PAC-12, Big 10, ACC, and Ivy League. 19 of the 25 receuiting classes in the list belong to one of these four conferences.

The PAC-12 is the only conference to put more than half of its programs into the rankings - with five of its nine programs ranked in the Top 25. Even more impressive is that four PAC-12 classes are in our Top 10. The top-ranked California Golden Bears lead the way, and they are joined by PAC-12 programs UCLA (No. 3), Arizona State (5), Stanford (10), and Arizona (18).

The Big 10 and ACC each have five ranked recruiting classes, while the Ivy League contributes four.

 

Beyond the Power Six

Four recruiting classes in our rankings come from programs outside of the so-called "Power Six" conferences, including a pair of teams from a single conference.

The West Coast Conference has two recruiting classes in our rankings: the Pepperdine Waves (No. 13) and San Diego Toreros (17). The Waves have signed a pair of five-star recruits in Brian Berdusco and Maxwell Mendelsohn in addition to Yousef Khamis of Egypt, while San Diego has a class headlined by Europeans August Holmgren (Denmark) and David Norfeldt (Sweden).

Florida Atlantic (No. 20) and UC Santa Barbara (22) are other teams outside the Power Six to appear in our recruiting class rankings.

All four of these programs should figure prominently in our mid-major rankings that will be published in a couple of weeks.

 

Panelists for May 2017

The 22 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
  • 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.
  • Jean Desdunes, Senior Director, USTA Junior and Collegiate Competition
  • Tim Donovan, Donovan Tennis Strategies, DTS College Prospects Showcases
  • Sally Grabham, National Tournament Director, USTA National Sportsmanship Committee, Southwest Junior Competition Committee, Southwest Section Executive Committee
  • Larry Haugness, USTA/Missouri Valley Executive Committee, Former ITF and USTA 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
  • Granger Huntress, Texas College Tennis blog
  • Ali Jones, Contributor to TennisRecruiting.net, USTA/Texas Junior Tennis Blog
  • David "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, Tennis Recruiting contributor, freelance writer
  • Tony Minnis, Former head coach, LSU women's tennis, principal at Advantage Tennis Recruiting, host of College Sports Weekly on Fox College Sports
  • 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
  • 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 junior ranking chair and USTA Tennis Rules Committee member
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