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2016 Top NCAA Division III Men's Classes

We wrap up our final week of recruiting class rankings with a look at the top classes from NCAA Division III. Today we put out our seventh annual rankings of the men's programs. On Friday, we will finish things up with a look at the top D-III women's classes.


Top 25 NCAA D-III Men's Recruiting Classes (through May 30)

TennisRecruiting.net is excited to present the Top 25 NCAA Division III Men's Recruiting Classes for 2016. This list is based on commitments reported on or before May 30, 2016.

We enlisted the help of a number of NCAA Division III enthusiasts, coaches, and insiders to aid in the rankings. While we do not publish a list of our helpers, we appreciate their assistance.

And now, without further delay, the Top 25...

Rank School Rating  Name State
1 Amherst Joshua Marchalik NJ
    Jayson Fung CA
    Gabriel Owens CA
    Oscar Burney WA
    Chris Paradis NJ
    Nathan Kaplan MA
2 Chicago Ninan Kumar FL
    Jaird Meyer CA
    Erik Kerrigan TX
    Tyler Raclin MO
    Nick Hamburger IL
3 CMS Nikolai Parodi DC
    Daniel Park WA
    Jake Berber TX
    Jay Yeam CA
    Matthew Jacobs MA
    Jake Williams CA
4 Williams Ananth Raghavan NY
    Alex Taylor OH
    Benjamin Lebowitz MA
5 Carnegie Mellon Michael Rozenvasser NJ
    Mark Prettyman VA
    Robert Levin VA
    Hudson Graf CA
    Nicholas Calzolano IL
6 RPI Xavier Oshinowo TX
    Sebastian Castillo FL
    Zachary Ebenfeld FL
    Winston Yu CA
7 MIT Victor Cheng CA
    Albert Go FL
    Alexander Grossman PR
8 Tufts Nathan Niemiec AZ
    Benjamin Biswas MA
    William Gold CO
    Zach Shaff PA
    Jason Scanlon RI
9 Wesleyan (CT) Jonathan Holtzman NJ
    Princeton Carter LA
10 Emory Rex Serituk MO
    Henry Shepherd NJ
    Daniel Shleimovich NY
11 Middlebury Alexander Vanezis SC
    Alex Samets NJ
    Weston Brach MA
12 Johns Hopkins Nathan Safran CA
    Joseph Cartledge VA
    William Andrews CT
    Austin Gu WA
    Aaron Carey FL
    Elliot Seckler FL
    Vikram Vasan CA
    Kevin Wu NC
    Matthew Sklar MD
    Charlie Humes IA
    Vineel Mallavarapu IA
13 Rhodes Philippe Lauture NC
    Ritwik Chatterjee FL
    Andrew Morton TN
    PJ Shaw FL
    William Von Hassell VA
    Nicholas Rommel TX
    Darian Raucher MS
14 Bates Nicholas Glover TX
    Jacob Eisenberg NY
    Jacob Kauppila MO
    Vidyut Yadav CA
15 Redlands Avery Davis FL
    Andrew Leahy CA
    Bradley Cummins CA
16 Case Western Rajeev Laungani OH
    Varun Jayaram CT
    Siddharth Rajupet PA
    David Zhang PA
    Sam Concannon IN
    Joshua Piatos CA
    Zach Hennessey IN
    Rohith Koneru OH
    Anthony Kanam OH
    Henry Squire GA
17 Brandeis Mitchell Ostrovsky NY
    David Aizenberg IL
    Benjamin Wolfe PA
18 Trinity (TX) Jordan Pitts TX
    McKenna Fujitani HI
    Paul Bhatia TX
19 Caltech Miha Valencic TX
    KarthikPraveen Nair CA
    Connor Soohoo CA
    Tine Valencic TX
20 Whitman Ben Kirsh CAN
    Daniel Foster WA
    Alexander Hwang CA
21 Kenyon Austin Diehl MO
    Jake Zalenski OH
    L. Arturo Platas Davila MEX
    Patrick Hudnut CA
22 Bowdoin Eliot Rozovsky MA
    Luis Cuervo TX
    Justin Patel NJ
    Thomas Rosiello CT
23 Sewanee Andres Carro TN
    Jordan Brewer TX
    Scottie Abeel VA
    Alejandro Becker MEX
    Hayden Loeb LA
    Trevor White SC
    Aubrey Davis TN
    Dane Hawthorne FL
    Hamza Khan GA
      William Cummings SC
24 Washington & Lee Thomas Harmon FL
    Bo Torbert AL
    Mitchell Thomas LA
    Charles Kittredge VA
25 Texas Tyler Marco Miranda ESA
    Joshua Vanwinkle TX
    Vitor Laporte BRA
    Ford Cunningham TX
    A. Perez Botero COL

Also Receiving Consideration

A team of Division III college coaches reviewed the resumes of 50 top D-III recruiting classes to come up with these rankings. Other recruiting classes put forward by the insiders that almost made our list are (alphabetically) as follows: Colby, Salisbury, Skidmore, Southwestern, and Washington University.


Momentum in Amherst

The 2015-16 season was a bit of an anomaly for the Amherst College men's tennis team. In the seven NCAA Division III Tournaments from 2009 to 2015, the Purple and White won two national titles (2011 and 2014) and reached the championship match three additional times. This year, Amherst posted a 15-9 record - which was not good enough to earn at at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.

But the future looks bright in the Commonwealth. Third-year Head Coach Todd Doebler looks to get Amherst back on track in 2016-17 with what looks to be the nation's best recruiting class.

5-Star California recruits Jayson Fung and Gabriel Owens are heading to the East Coast to join fellow 5-Star Joshua Marchalik of New Jersey at Amherst. The trio headlines a six-man class that also includes 4-Star seniors Oscar Burney (Washington) and Nathan Kaplan (Massachusetts) - as well as 3-Star senior Chris Paradis. The group has collective wins at the 2015-16 USTA Clay Court Nationals, Hard Court Nationals, and Winter Nationals.

Coach Doebler hopes to combine this talented class with an experienced core of returning players to push for another NESCAC title and a deep run in the 2017 NCAA Tournament.


Power Five

The Top 5 recruiting classes on our list are certainly no strangers to our rankings. In the seven years we have put forth these D-III rankings, these five schools have together made 32 combined appearances out of a possible 35. Not too shabby.

The only school besides Amherst that received consideration for the top spot was the Chicago Maroons. Head Coach Jay Tee, who brought the No. 1 recruiting classes to Chicago in both 2014 and 2015, has a strong recruiting class that includes four seniors ranked among the Top 100 - more than any other program. Chicago will be looking to improve on their Final Four appearance when they take the courts in 2017.

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps shows up in the No. 3 spot of our rankings, and that's a good thing for Head Coach Paul Settles - the Stags are looking to backfill the departure of all-everything senior Skyler Butts who won the NCAA D-III Singles Title late last month.

Rounding out the Top 5 are Williams (No. 4) and Carnegie Mellon (5).


Conference Call

The 25 programs in our rankings come from twelve different NCAA Division III conferences. The top conference in terms of both depth and breadth is the New England Small College Athletic Conference with seven Top 25 recruiting classes and four in the Top 10. No. 1 Amherst leads the way, and they are joined in the Top 10 by Williams (No. 4), Tufts (8), and Wesleyan (9). Other ranked NESCAC recruiting classes include Middlebury (11), Bates (14), and defending national champion Bowdoin (22).

The University Athletic Association. is also impressive - with five ranked recruiting classes of its own and three of the Top 10. The UAA is represented by Chicago (2), Carnegie Mellon (5), Emory (10), CWRU (16), and Brandeis (17).

Other conferences with more than one ranked recruiting class are the SCIAC and SAA with three and two ranked recruiting classes, respectively.


Welcome Aboard, Welcome Back

Four programs are making their first-ever appearance in the D-III recruiting class rankings: RPI (No. 6), Rhodes (13), Caltech (19), and Texas Tyler (25).

Conversely, four programs have perfect attendance records - with ranked recruiting classes every year since we started these rankings in 2010: Chicago (2), CMS (3), Johns Hopkins (12), and CWRU (16).


Coming Friday... the Women

On Friday, we conclude our look at 2016 recruiting classes with our Division III women's lists.


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