Top Men's Classes - 2010 Winter Rankings

Top Men's Classes - 2010 Winter Rankings

January is usually the first time we take a look at how the various programs stack up against one another on the recruiting trail. Once again, we invited our panel of voters - national tournament directors, members of the media, and other experts - to decide who they think are the top recruiting classes in college tennis.

Today, January 25, 2010, the Tennis Recruiting Network takes a look at the top men's classes. We present the Winter Recruiting Class Rankings for the Class of 2010.


Media Poll

The Tennis Recruiting Network has once again enlisted the aid of junior tennis experts from around the country to vote for the top classes. We list the panelists for this voting period 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 did not consider incoming transfer students in their voting - and also did not consider players that started college in January.


Top 25 Men's Recruiting Classes (through January 10)

Here are the Winter Rankings of the top men's college recruiting classes, presented by the Tennis Recruiting Network. Point totals are shown in the right-most column - with the number of first-place votes in parentheses. All commitments reported through January 10, 2010 are included.

Rank School Rating  Name State Points 
1 Duke (15) Christopher Mengel PA 445
    Frederick Saba FL
    Cale Hammond OK
2 UCLA (1) Daniel Kosakowski CA 421
    Clay Thompson CA
3 Michigan Shaun Bernstein NY 406
    Justin Rossi MI
4 Georgia (2) Garrett Brasseaux LA 404
    Campbell Johnson CA
    Eric Diaz GA
5 Notre Dame Gregory Andrews MI 379
    Billy Pecor AZ
    Ryan Bandy OH
    Matthew Dooley TX
6 Princeton Augie Bloom IL 320
    Dan Richardson AL
    Daniel Davies NZL
7 Miami (FL) Gabriel Flores PR 272
    Omar Aly OK
8 USC Raymond Sarmiento CA 254
9 Army Asika Isoh NY 237
    Alex Van Velzer TX
    Henry Jang-Milsten GA
    Matthew Saltsgaver FL
    Peter Sienko MI
    Allen Y. Xu CA
10 Vanderbilt Blake Bazarnik IL 227
    Roger Briggs TN
11 Ohio State Nelson Vick WI 220
    Kevin Metka OH
12 Virginia Justin Shane VA 218
13 Penn Zachary Katz FL 215
    Nikola Kocovic NJ
    Kyle Roth NY
14 Wake Forest Zachary Leslie CA 214
15 Columbia Thomas Klosinski NY 199
    Alex Yermanos CA
    Ian Laster FL
16 Texas David Holiner TX 190
17 Stanford Jamin Ball CA 180
    Daniel Ho CA
18 Florida Michael Alford FL 146
    Andrew Butz FL
19 San Diego Clarke Spinosa CA 123
20 Santa Clara John Lamble CA 119
21 Northwestern Raleigh Smith FL 113
22 Elon Cameron Silverman NY 112
    Wesley Barrett NC
    Andrew Prince NY
    Jesse Silverman NY
23 Penn State Russell Bader TX 102
    Harry Seaborn NY
24 Purdue Mark Kovacs HUN 93
    Szymon Tatarczyk POL
25 Wisconsin Alexander Robles FL 64
    Alexander Teppert FL

Also Receiving Votes

Other men's programs receiving votes are: Dartmouth (41), William & Mary(33), Louisville (32), Middle Tennessee (20), Harvard (19), Amherst (7),Baylor (6), Oregon (5), Cornell (4), Davidson (4), Washington (3), Air Force(2), and Xavier (1).


Devil in the Details

Head Coach Ramsey Smith and his Duke Blue Devils must feel like they are on the cusp of something good. Duke returns five starters from a squad that reached the second round of the 2009 NCAA tournament, finishing the season ranked in the Top 25. This year, they mix in Henrique Cunha, a highly-touted southpaw from Brazil who posted sparkling results this fall - going 14-3 and 17-3 in singles and doubles, respectively, against stiff competition.

The Devils are looking to get back to the final 16 in the team championships for the first time since 2006. The pieces are all in place to take such a trip toAthens this season.

But the future may be even brighter. At the moment, Coaches Smith and Goffi have secured the nation's best recruiting class for 2010-11. The three-man class features #2 Frederick Saba, #6 Christopher Mengel, and #43Cale Hammond. We carried commitment announcements forSaba and Mengel in our Countdown to Signing Day article series - and Hammond is a real talent that knocked offVirginia freshman Julen Uriguen last fall at the Pan-American.

It should be fun in Durham watching the Devils move up the ACC standings and national rankings. They check in at #19 in the initial Campbell/ITA Rankings put out by the ITA. And as I said, the future could be even brighter.


Around the Top 10

Other teams picking up first-place votes are the UCLA Bruins, checking in at #2, and the ever-present Georgia Bulldogs at #4. The Bruins and Bulldogs both made deep runs in the 2009 tournament, reaching the semifinals and quarterfinals, respectively.

A look at the #3 team sees Michigan with its fifth straight Top-25 recruiting class. Four of those five were among the Top 10.

Rounding out the Top 10 are Bobby Bayliss' Notre Dame Fighting Irish, at #5, followed by Princeton, Miami, USC, Army, and Vanderbilt.


Conference Call

The Big 10 Conference leads all others with six schools in the Top 25. Joining the Michigan Wolverines are #11 Ohio State, #21 Northwestern, #23Penn State, #24 Purdue, and #25 Wisconsin.

Other conferences with multiple teams in the Top 25 are the ACC (4 teams), Big 12 (3), Ivy League (3), SEC (3), Pac-10 (2), and WCC (2).


Other Programs

Four programs in our Top 25 come from outside the so-called high major conferences. Leading the way are the Army Black Knights at #9. Coaches Poling and Holm have a class with six recruits rated 3 Stars or better, including 5-Star recruits Asika Isoh and Alex Van Velzer.

The West Coast Conference features two teams adjacent to each other in the rankings, #19 San Diego and #20 Santa Clara.

Rounding out these teams is the Elon Phoenix who check in at #22.


Panelists for January 2010

The 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
  • Brian Cory, Director of Tennis at Carmel Valley Athletic Club, National Tournament Director
  • Sonny Dearth, Daily Press newspaper and Web site in Newport News, Va.
  • Sally Grabham, National Tournament Director, USTA Winter Nationals
  • Granger Huntress, Texas College Tennis blog, Communications/IT manager for USTA/Texas
  • Larry Jackson, Director, Dayton Center Courts and Tennis Academy, National Tournament Director
  • Adam Jasick, Director of Junior Tennis at Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, CA, National Tournament Director, PTR National Tester and Clinician, USA Tennis High Performance Coaching Program Graduate
  • Pua Johnson, USTA National and ITA Collegiate Referee
  • Ali Jones, Contributor to
  • 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,, USTA Hardcourts
  • Marc Lucero, Contributor to, 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
  • Jeffrey Szekely, Former National Tournament Director, USTA Clay Courts
  • Clayton Taylor, Director of U.S. ITF Hardcourt Championships, Director of Tennis at The Atlantic Club,
  • Julie Wrege,,, National Tournament Director, former USTA ranking chair

Up Next... Ladies' Day

These men's rankings are the first of our Winter Rankings. Next Monday, the Tennis Recruiting Network continues with the Top 25 Women's Recruiting Classes.

Don't see your school? These 2010 Winter Rankings are only preliminary. We will update them again in May after the spring signing period begins. During that time, we will also post rankings featuring schools outside the high major conferences.

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