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Top Men's Classes - 2010 Spring Rankings

Life in Athens is getting hot, where the 2010 NCAA Division I Tennis Championships are now through to the semifinals. The men's bracket features the top two seeds Virginia and Tennessee taking on USC and host school Georgia, respectively. On the women's side, the top seed is gone. Second-seeded North Carolina meets #3 Florida, while #8 Stanford faces #5 Notre Dame.

But before the matches begin, TennisRecruiting.net casts an eye to the future - and the top recruiting classes arriving this fall. With more than twelve hundred committed seniors, the majority of schools have completed their recruiting for this year's class.

Today, the Tennis Recruiting Network announces the Top 25 men's recruiting classes for the Class of 2010.


Media Poll

The Tennis Recruiting Network has 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.


Top 25 Men's Recruiting Classes (through May 7)

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. These lists are based on all commitments reported through May 7, 2010.

Rank School Rating  Name State Points Prev
1 Duke (9) Christopher Mengel PA 415 1
    Frederick Saba FL
    Cale Hammond OK
2 UCLA (6) Daniel Kosakowski CA 403 2
    Clay Thompson CA
3 Michigan (2) Shaun Bernstein NY 394 3
    Justin Rossi MI
    Barrett Franks NZL
4 Georgia Garrett Brasseaux LA 368 4
    Campbell Johnson CA
    Eric Diaz GA
5 Notre Dame Gregory Andrews MI 358 5
    Billy Pecor AZ
    Ryan Bandy OH
    Matthew Dooley TX
6 USC Raymond Sarmiento CA 326 8
    Michael Grant CA
    Zubin Anklesaria CA
7 Princeton Augie Bloom IL 314 6
    Dan Richardson AL
    Daniel Davies NZL
8 Miami (FL) Gabriel Flores PR 259 7
    Omar Aly OK
9 Florida State Blake Davis TX 236 NR
10 Vanderbilt Blake Bazarnik IL 230 10
    Roger Briggs TN
11 Virginia Justin Shane VA 211 12
12 Penn Zachary Katz FL 191 13
    Nikola Kocovic NJ
    Kyle Roth NY
    Ivan Turudic CRO
13 Army Asika Isoh NY 188 9
    Alex Van Velzer TX
    Henry Jang-Milsten GA
    Matthew Saltsgaver FL
    Peter Sienko MI
    Allen Y. Xu CA
    Joshua Cook SC
14 San Diego Clarke Spinosa CA 180 19
    Emilio Mora NY
15 Mississippi Nikala Scholtz RSA 146 NR
16 Stanford Jamin Ball CA 141 17
    Daniel Ho CA
17 Florida Michael Alford FL 135 18
    Andrew Butz FL
18 Santa Clara John Lamble CA 129 20
    Keith Kamono FL
19 Columbia Thomas Klosinski NY 107 15
    Alex Yermanos CA
    Ian Laster FL
20 Texas David Holiner TX 103 16
    Sudanwa Sitaram IND
21 Brown Samuel Fife NY 100 NR
    R. Newhouse CT
    Soufiane Azargui CAN
    Brandon Burke JAM
22 Georgia State Breon Badger GA 92 NR
    Gabriel Townes GA
    Thomas Cook GA
    Vincent Verpeaux FRA
23 Northwestern Raleigh Smith FL 81 21
24 Purdue Aaron Dujovne CHI 75 24
    Mark Kovacs HUN
    Szymon Tatarczyk POL
25 Kentucky Alejandro Gomez COL 74 NR
    Grant Roberts KY
    Maks Gold KY

Also Receiving Votes

Other men's programs receiving votes are: Central Florida (50), Harvard (38), Penn State (32), Air Force (19), William & Mary (19), Cornell (16), Furman (16), Louisville (16), Texas A&M (16), UNC Wilmington (16), Elon (14), Dartmouth (6), Amherst (5), Baylor (2), Middle Tennessee (2), Middlebury (1), Washington (1).


Stock Rising

There are five new faces in our Top 25, and one of those teams - the Florida State Seminoles - surged all the way to #9 in these rankings. Our voters had a great deal of respect for Texan Blake Davis, giving 220 votes to FSU's one-man class. TennisRecruiting.net carried Davis' commitment announcement during its coverage of Spring Signing Week.

Other programs new to the Top 25 are Mississippi (No. 15), Brown (21), Georgia State (22), and Kentucky (25).


Devils Stay Strong

With no changes to the recruiting classes of the teams near the top, the Duke Blue Devils once again headline our rankings. Coach Smith's team garnered 9 of the 17 first-place votes and 415 out of 425 possible points.

No. 2 UCLA and No. 3 Michigan took the remaining first-place votes, with the Bruins gathering 6 of the votes to Big Blue's 2.

Georgia and Notre Dame round out the top 5.


Conference Call

The SEC leads all conferences with 5 programs in the rankings, followed by the ACC and Ivy League (4 programs apiece). Other conferences with multiple recruiting classes in the Top 25 are the Big 10 (3), Pac 10 (3), WCC (2).

The West Coast Conference once again leads all mid-major conferences with two schools in the rankings - San Diego and Santa Clara. Both schools were able to land Blue Chip recruits.

Other mid-major conferences represented in these rankings are the Colonial Athletic League (Georgia State) and the Patriot League (Army). We expect all of these mid-major programs to be near the top of our mid-major recruiting class rankings that will be released in just a couple of weeks.


Panelists for May 2010

The 17 panelists for this voting period are shown below alphabetically. Please join us in thanking them for donating their time and talents to this effort.

  • Joe Braden, Director of Tennis at Schwartz Tennis Center, Purdue University, Vice-President of Central Indiana Tennis Association, USPTA Member
  • Casey Chapin, USTA National Referee and Director, Director, Hudlow Tennis Center
  • Sonny Dearth, Daily Press newspaper and dailypress.com Web site in Newport News, Va.
  • Tim Donovan, Donovan Tennis Strategies, DTS College Prospects Showcases
  • Sally Grabham, National Tournament Director, USTA Winter Nationals, President of USTA Central Arizona
  • Granger Huntress, Texas College Tennis blog, Communications/IT manager for USTA/Texas
  • Larry Jackson, Director, Dayton Center Courts and Tennis Academy, National Tournament Director
  • Pua Johnson, USTA National and ITA Collegiate Referee
  • Ali Jones, Contributor to TennisRecruiting.net.
  • Ernie Katko, Director at Herrmann Tennis Academy, USTA High Performance Coach, USPTA, USPTR
  • 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, USTA Hardcourts
  • Marc Lucero, Contributor to TennisRecruiting.net, Private Coach, Former Princeton assistant tennis coach
  • Phil Parrish, Tennis Director, The Longfellow Club, National Tournament Director, Former College Coach
  • Kathy Sell, Former head coach, Princeton women's tennis, private coach
  • Clayton Taylor, Director of U.S. ITF Hardcourt Championships, Director of Tennis at The Atlantic Club,
  • Julie Wrege, TennisInformation.com, TennisRecruiting.net, National Tournament Director, former USTA ranking chair

Rankings, Rankings Everywhere...

These are only the first of our Recruiting Class Rankings. Rankings for the women's classes will be released next Monday, May 31st, followed by rankings of Mid-major as well as NCAA Division III schools.


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Colette Lewis has covered topflight junior events as a freelance journalist for over a decade. Read her weekly column, follow her on Twitter, and and find more of her daily commentary at ZooTennis.

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