Notes

The table above lists all recruits as of January 2, 2019. In addition to the Star Rating, we display the highest TRN, ITF junior, and WTT 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 UTR numbers from the date the voting began.

 

Also Receiving Votes

Other men's programs receiving votes are: Louisiana (35), Notre Dame (27), Georgia Tech (22), Dartmouth (20), Virginia (20), Texas Tech (16), Army (14), Vanderbilt (13), Wichita State (13), Tennessee (10), Princeton (9), Arizona (8), Air Force (7), Charlotte (6), Northwestern (5), SMU (5), Michigan State (4), Carnegie Mellon (3), Pepperdine (1)

 

Devil of a Time

Standing tall at the top of our list is the Duke Blue Devils, and it’s not hard to see why. The players in this five-man class - Michael Heller, Garrett Johns, Omni Kumar, Samuel Rubell, and Andrew Zhang - are all highly-rated, with all of them among the nation’s Top 50 and four of them rated as Blue Chip recruits. Duke is bringing in the first class with four Blue Chips since Virginia in 2013 - pretty good company.

“[Coach Jonathan Stokke] and I are very excited and proud of this group of young men,” said Blue Devil Head Coach Ramsey Smith in a school release. “Obviously it is a large recruiting class, and all five will impact the program positively. Collectively this group has a passion for tennis and a strong drive to maximize their talent at the highest level.”

The Blue Devils easily took the top spot in our recruiting classes with 13 of 20 first-place votes and 484 of a maximum 500 points from our panel.

 

Give Me Five

Checking in at No. 2 in our rankings is another recruiting class that impressed our panel - the University of Texas. The Longhorn recruiting class has five strong recruits of its own, including Jacob Bullard, Cleeve Harper, Evin McDonald, Eshan Talluri, and Siem Woldeab. Texas Head Coach Michael Center’s group garnered 5 first-place votes and 467 points.

Last year’s NCAA runner-up, Ohio State, has the No. 3 recruiting class in our poll and received the remaining 2 first-place votes from our panel. The Buckeyes have the No. 1 recruits from the states of New York, Ohio, and West Virginia heading to Columbus next fall.

Rounding out the Top 5 are perennial stalwarts Georgia and Oklahoma with the No. 4 and 5 recruiting classes, respectively.

 

Conference Call

Continuing their momentum from last year, the Southeastern Conference once again posted the best showing among all conferences in our rankings. The SEC has seven recruiting classes in the rankings - three more than any other conference. Joining Georgia (No. 4) in the Top 10 are Kentucky (7) and Florida (10). Other Top 25 recruiting classes from the SEC are LSU (11), South Carolina (13), Mississippi State (14), and Texas A&M (23).

The Big 12 is second among conferences with four ranked classes and three in the Top 10. Other conferences with more than two programs in the rankings are the ACC, Big 10, and Ivy League with three ranked classes apiece.

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.

Two recruiting classes in our rankings come from programs outside the six traditional powerhouse conferences: Gonzaga (20) and Fresno State (22).

 

Odds and Ends

Scattershooting across the rankings …

  • Welcome Aboard: Two of these programs are making their first-ever appearance in our recruiting class rankings - Mississippi State (No. 14) and Gonzaga (20).
  • Welcome Back: Baylor returns to our recruiting class rankings for the first time since 2011. The Bears check in at No. 9.
  • Better than Ever: In addition to the two newcomers, five other schools have earned the highest-ever recruiting class rankings for their programs: Texas (2), Ohio State (3), Oklahoma (5), LSU (11), and Wisconsin (21).
  • Stronger Badgers: Speaking of Wisconsin, this is the fourth year with Head Coach Daniel Westerman at the helm, and his recruiting classes have appeared in our rankings three of those four years - the only three ranked recruiting classes in school history. The Badgers show up at No. 21 in this list.
 

Panelists for Winter 2019

The 20 panelists for this voting period are shown below alphabetically. Please join us in thanking them for donating their time and talents to this effort.

  • Scott Colson - Co-founder of Payers & Players Podcast
  • 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
  • Barry Friedman - Director of Tennis at the Claremont Club, USPTA
  • Sally Grabham - National Tournament Director, USTA National Sportsmanship Committee, Southwest Junior Competition Committee, USTA Southwest Section President
  • Marty Hennessey - Director of Tennis at The Stirling Club, USPTA professional, National Tournament Director
  • 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
  • Bobby Knight - College Tennis Today
  • 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 Competition Committee
  • Colette Lewis - ZooTennis.com
  • Rick Limpert - TRN contributor, freelance writer
  • Marc Lucero - 2018 PTR Touring Coach of the Year, Co-founder of RAMP Tennis Academy
  • Parsa Nemati - Junior and college tennis expert
  • Robert Sasseville - National Tournament Director, USTA Junior Competition Committee Member, USTA National Referee
  • Lisa Stone - ParentingAces.com
  • 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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