Notes

The table above lists all recruits as of May 25, 2019. 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, CMS, Dayton, George Mason, Middlebury, Monmouth (NJ), Valparaiso, Winthrop

 

Cresting Waves

Pepperdine University hired a new head coach for 2018-19 in Adam Schaechterle, and the Schaechterle era is off to a good start. The Waves posted an 11-13 record this past year and were above .500 in WCC play - which is a marked improvement over the 7-16 (3-6) mark in 2017-18.

Kacper Zuk is one of the best recruits for 2019
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And things are just getting started. The Waves return five of their top six singles players in 2019-20, and they will mix in three incoming freshmen that make up the No. 1 mid-major class in the country.

The class is led by Kacper Zuk of Poland who has a UTR of 14.33 - the highest rating of all 2019 recruits other than Jenson Brooksby. Zuk, who was formerly ranked No. 21 in the ITF Juniors, has an ITF professional singles ranking of 206 based on an 18-5 record in main draw matches on the ATP and ITF World Tennis Tour this year.

Zuk is joined by a pair of Top 100 Americans, Robert Shelton of Lancaster, Penn., and local product Evan Shamlian of Cheviot Hills, Calif. Shamlian has aged out of playing junior events, while Shelton posted a pair of singles wins in the 18s division at Kalamazoo in 2018.

"These guys we have coming in 2019 are a great reflection of the culture we are building," said Schaechterle. "They love tennis, they are passionate about academics, and they want to be pushed by coaches and teammates."

Schaechterle also credited his assistant coach Tassilo Schmid, with contributing to the recruiting effort.

"[Schmid] has proven to be a phenomenal recruiter. He did an incredible job with the 2018 group - and has only improved with this 2019 class."

This recruiting class is part of a young nucleus of players that should be more than enough to keep the Waves on a positive trajectory over the coming years.

 

Give Me Five

The top of our mid-major class rankings list is very strong. Multiple programs were worthy of consideration for the top spot - including No. 2 Southern Methodist University.

SMU is another program with a new head coach, as the Mustangs tapped former UCLA assistant Grant Chen to helm the program in June 2018. Chen’s first recruiting class consists of six Americans heading to Dallas from all across the country - including Blue Chip senior Julian Noah Steinhausen of Los Angeles and 5-Star Ethan Leon of Woodhaven, N.Y. 2019 marks the first ranked recruiting class - overall or mid-major - ever to commit to the Mustangs. Debuting at No. 2 is pretty strong stuff.

The Gonzaga Bulldogs check in at No. 3 in our rankings with a mix of American and international recruits. Blue Chip senior Eric Hadigian (Sacramento, Calif.) and Swedish standout Oliver Andersson headline a quartet that should help push the Zags towards its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance.

Rounding out the Top 5 in our rankings are the Fresno State Bulldogs (No. 4) and Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns (5).

 

State Breakdown

As we have seen in past years, California schools are well represented in our mid-major rankings. Five of the Top 25 recruiting classes on our list hail from the Golden State - including three in the Top 6. Top 5 programs Pepperdine (No. 1) and Fresno State (4) are joined in the rankings by the Santa Clara Broncos (6), San Diego Toreros (16) and Cal Poly Mustangs (18).

Texas is next on our list with three ranked programs and two in the Top 10. No. 2 SMU leads the way for the Lone Star State and is followed by UTSA (9) and Rice (11). Other states with multiple programs in our list are Louisiana and Florida with two ranked classes apiece.

 

Conference Call

The 25 recruiting classes on our list hail from 11 different conferences, with five conferences standing out above the rest, starting with the West Coast Conference.

The California-centric WCC has four programs in our rankings, but three of those programs are in the Top 6. Pepperdine (No. 1), Gonzaga (3), and Santa Clara (6) are joined by San Diego at No. 16 to snare a quarter of the Top 16 spots in the rankings.

Two other conferences have four ranked classes apiece: the American Athletic Conference and Mountain West Conference. The AAC programs are SMU (2), Central Florida (8), Wichita State (10), and Tulane (21). The MWC is represented by Fresno State (4), Utah State (17), Air Force (19), and UNLV (22).

Other Division I conferences with multiple classes in the rankings are Conference USA (3 ranked classes), Atlantic Sun (2), and Big East (2).

 

D-III Power

Finally, we would be remiss if we didn’t point out the accomplishments of NCAA Division III powerhouse University Athletic Association. UAA teams pop up in our D-III rankings like daisies, but it is more uncommon for them to appear on our mid-major list that includes hundreds of NCAA Division I and Division II programs. Nevertheless, this year two UAA recruiting classes made our list - the University of Chicago (20) and Carnegie Mellon University (25). We could discuss their recruits at length - but I have a feeling we’ll get to discuss them in next Monday’s NCAA D-III recruiting class rankings … stay tuned!

 

Coming Friday … Mid-Major Women

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