Virginia Tops Men's Recruiting Class Rankings, Stays at No. 1; NCAA Relaxes Recruiting Restrictions in All D-I Sports; Sarmiento Wins Sherwood Cup
The Tennis Recruiting Network revealed its men's recruiting class rankings Monday, with the University of Virginia on top for the second year in a row, receiving 23 of 25 first place votes by the panel, which includes me. Because these rankings are subjective and don't take into account transfers, January admissions and many international players, they certainly don't directly correlate to a program's future success. But it is an interesting and handy way to survey what's happened on the recruiting front during the early signing period, always remembering there's another signing period coming up this spring for the class of 2013.
The ITA released another set of team rankings today, but very little changed, with the dual season barely underway for some teams and not yet started for others. The Top 10s for both men and women are virtually the same as two weeks ago.
The Top 10 Men:
2. Southern California
4. Ohio State
The Top 10 Women:
8. North Carolina
T-9 Miami (FL)
The complete rankings are available at the ITA website.
The NCAA announced over the weekend that the dramatic recruiting rule changes will be implemented beginning this August for the recruiting class of 2014. The restrictions on number and timing of phone calls, texts, messages, etc. are gone, and there are many, many other changes. The NCAA's announcement is here, the Associated Press story is here, and ESPN has an opinion piece here, which believes recruits will be inundated when all the rules are relaxed. The NCAA obviously believes the opportunity for a recruit and a coach to get to know each other better before a commitment outweighs this concern.
One of the first important college tournaments of the year in California is the Sherwood Cup, which features most of the top Pac-12 players in an individual event prior to the start of the dual match season. This year's winner was USC junior Raymond Sarmiento, the No. 1 seed, who defeated unseeded UCLA junior Adrien Puget 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 in yesterday's final. UCLA, who had three of the four semifinalists, won the doubles title over USC, with No. 3 seeds Marcos Giron and Dennis Novikov defeating unseeded Emilio Gomez and Eric Johnson 8-7(4).
The complete draws, minus only those final two results, can be found here. Slide the bar at the bottom to the right for the doubles.