Notes

The table above lists all recruits as of May 25, 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 Consideration

We reviewed the resumes for more than 50 teams for these rankings. Teams that received strong consideration and almost made our list are (alphabetically) as follows: Army, Boston U, Chicago, Furman, Hawaii, San Francisco, Western Michigan

 

Long Day’s Knight

The Central Florida Knights have been on the upswing lately, and it’s not hard to see why. For starters, they play their matches at the eye-popping 100-plus court USTA National Campus in Lake Nona, Fla. With a dedicated college tennis area that seats 1,200 fans - as well as a built-in fan base - UCF has the ultimate home-court advantage. Combine that with the hiring of decorated Head Coach John Roddick two seasons ago, and the rest of college tennis nation is on the lookout.

High school tennis players have taken notice of these upgrades, leading the Knights to improved outcomes on the recruiting trail. Blue Chip senior Trey Hilderbrand of San Antonio, Texas, who checks in at No. 2 in our Senior Class Rankings, leads the way. Hilderbrand brings a wealth of big-time experience to UCF, including several ITF singles titles and an appearance in the Round of 16 at last year’s US Open Juniors.

Three international players round out the UCF recruiting class, including Romanian standout Bogdan Pavel. Pavel has won Romanian singles and doubles national titles - and he has had much success on the ITF junior circuit as well. Juan Pablo Grassi Mazzuchi of Argentina and Manoel Alencar of Brazil will also be in Orlando next season.

This foursome left no doubt in the minds of our contributors as to whether they were the strongest class - the Knights were at the top of the list for all 20 college coaches who provided input.

 

Five at the Top

The South Florida Bulls, who check in at No. 2 on our list, have an intimidating class coming to Tampa this Fall. The international class features five players all ranked inside the Top 500 on the ITF standings, three of whom have UTRs over 13. USF Head Coach Ashley Fisher, who took over head coaching duties prior to the 2016-17 season, is continuing a strong line of recruiting for the Bulls that includes the top-ranked mid-major classes in both 2013 and 2016.

Middle Tennessee Coach Jimmy Borendame continues to shine on the recruiting trail, posting his third Top 5 mid-major recruiting class in the past four seasons. At No. 3 on our list, the three Blue Raider recruits should make an immediate impact on a program that is coming off its best season since 1997.

A huge surprise in the rankings is No. 4 ASA Miami - a junior college in southern Florida. JUCOs always bring in larger numbers of recruits given that they have two-year programs, but Head Coach Brian Slack is bringing in a monster class for the Silver Storm that includes two players with UTRs over 13.

Rounding out our Top 5 is the Tulsa Golden Hurricane.

 

State Breakdown

The 25 schools in our rankings come from 15 different states, but no state has better representation than the Sunshine State. Five Florida programs feature in our rankings - including three of the Top 4. In addition to the previously-mentioned Central Florida (No. 1), South Florida (2), and ASA Miami (4), the North Florida Ospreys and Florida Atlantic Owls show up on our list in the No. 11 and 14 positions, respectively.

The Commonwealth of Virginia comes next with three Top 25 programs: Old Dominion (12), William & Mary (16), and Liberty (24).

Other states with multiple ranked recruiting classes are California, Georgia, North Carolina, and Utah with two classes apiece.

 

Conference Call

Six conferences stand out in our rankings, but the American Athletic Conference stands first. The AAC is the only conference to feature four programs in our rankings - including three of the Top 5. Top-ranked Central Florida, South Florida (2), and Tulsa (5) all hail from the AAC, and they are joined in the rankings by No. 25 East Carolina.

Only five other conferences have multiple entries in our list, and all five of those conferences have three ranked recruiting classes. The Colonial Athletic Association, Conference USA, Mountain West Conference, Sun Belt, and West Coast Conference each have a trio of ranked classes.

 

Coming Friday … Mid-Major Women

You won't have to wait long for our women's list. This coming Friday, TennisRecruiting.net will release ranking of the top 25 women's mid-major recruiting classes. Shortly afterwards, we will wrap up this ranking season with our lists of the top NCAA Division III programs.

 
 

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