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Fall Signing Week '15: Overview and Blue Chip Update
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The time has come. The time is now. Today, The Tennis Recruiting Network kicks off its coverage of Fall Signing Week 2015, and our slate of articles is ready to go.

This Wednesday, November 11th, is Signing Day: the first day that high school seniors can formally commit to a Division I or Division II tennis program. We have been counting down the days for the past month, but now we switch to our Signing Week coverage.

In this first article, we take a look at our schedule for the week, and we also update you on the status of the Blue Chip recruits.

 

Signing Week Schedule

All week, TennisRecruiting.net will bring you new features on the seniors. These articles will run in addition to our usual content - the Class Rankings List and RPI rankings that we publish from Tuesday through Friday.

Take a look at our coverage schedule - and then get up-to-date on the Blue Chips...

 

Blue Chip Update

Quite a few of our Blue Chips recruits - boys and girls - had made progress towards their college decisions when we checked in with them in October. 29 of the 53 Blue Chip athletes - fourteen boys and fifteen girls - had made commitments.

We have been trying to contact the undecideds in the meantime, and today we take one last look at their status before the big day on Wednesday. Several recruits have announced their decisions, others have narrowed their lists, some are considering putting off college for a year or turning professional, and a few more have announcements scheduled. Let's take a look at the lists...

 

Girls' Status

The table below shows the updated status of the Blue Chip recruits. The Commitment column shows whether the recruit has made a verbal commitment or is undecided, while the Interests column indicates schools of interest.

NameStateCommitmentInterests
Madison Battaglia NY Announcing Soon Open
Madison Bourguignon FL   Open
Hanna Chang CA   Open
Sara Daavettila MI North Carolina Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio State, Tennessee, Wake Forest
Camille Favero CA Virginia Texas Tech, Vanderbilt, Virginia
Jenna Friedel CA Announcing 11/12 Harvard, Penn, Stanford, Yale
Alexa Graham NY   Open
Jada Hart CA UCLA North Carolina, Pepperdine, UCLA, USC, Virginia
Emma Higuchi CA Announcing 11/11 Duke, Harvard, Pepperdine, TCU, Stanford, UCLA
Kenya Jones TN Announcing 11/11 Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech, LSU, North Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Duke, Pepperdine
Makenna Jones SC Alabama Alabama, LSU, North Carolina, USC
Raveena Kingsley MD   Open
Jade Lewis SC LSU LSU
Jessica Livianu NY   Open
Chiara Lommer IL Michigan California, Michigan, Virginia, Vanderbilt
Alaina Miller CA UCLA UCLA
Ingrid Neel MN Florida Duke, Florida, North Carolina
Alexis Nelson MN California California, LSU, North Carolina, Stanford
Gaby Pollner FL Announcing Dec Open
Maddie Pothoff AZ Alabama Alabama, Georgia, LSU
Taylor Russo FL Auburn Auburn
Alexandra Sanford OH North Carolina North Carolina
Ena Shibahara CA UCLA UCLA
Maria Smith TX California Baylor, California, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Oklahoma State, UCLA
Karina Traxler TX Baylor Baylor, Florida State, Ole Miss, Texas Tech
Karina Vyrlan CA   Open
Rebecca Weissmann CO LSU Baylor, LSU, Stanford, TCU, Vanderbilt, Virginia
 

Two Down, Three to Go

Two more women's recruits have made decisions. Maria Smith of Houston announced her commitment to the University of California, Berkeley. You can read about her commitment by clicking here. Jade Lewis, a Top-10 recruit out of Hilton Head, S.C., also committed to LSU.

Smith and Lewis will be joined later this week by three more Blue Chip seniors making commitment announcements. Kenya Jones (Memphis, Tenn.) and Emma Higuchi (Los Angeles, Calif.) both make their announcements Wednesday on Signing Day, while Jenna Friedel (Mill Valley, Calif.) will announce her decision on Thursday.

 

Boys' Status

Below we see the status for the Blue Chip boys. The table uses the same format as the girls' table above.

NameStateCommitmentInterests
Adam Ambrozy FL   Open
Ulises Blanch FL   Open
Zeke Clark OK Illinois Baylor, Illinois, Oklahoma,
Chase Colton FL Wisconsin Wisconsin
Spencer Furman WA   Open
Matthew Gamble NY Announcing 11/12 Duke, Notre Dame, Penn, Princeton, UCLA, Wake Forest
William Genesen OK Stanford Stanford
Razvan Grigorescu TX Announcing Soon Harvard, Illinois, Louisville, Penn, Texas
Hady Habib TX Announcing 11/11 Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M
Bjorn Hoffmann CA California Boise State, California, San Diego, Stanford, UC Irvine, UCSB
Brandon Holt CA USC USC
Sami Kirberg FL   Duke, Georgia, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest
Robert Levine NY Duke California, Duke, Stanford
Robert Loeb SC Georgia Georgia, Duke
Stephen Madonia FL   Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Miami (FL), Michigan, Stanford, Texas, Texas A&M, Virginia
Mwendwa Mbithi FL   Open
Michael Mmoh MD   Open
Alex Phillips GA Georgia Georgia, Georgia Tech
Nathan Ponwith AZ   Open
Pietro Rimondini FL Cornell Cornell, Illinois, Northwestern
Billy Rowe CA Vanderbilt California, Princeton, Vanderbilt
Nikola Samardzic FL Wake Forest Wake Forest
Johnathan Small IN Notre Dame Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio State
Riley Smith CA USC USC
Nick Stachowiak NC Duke Duke
Christopher Yun GA Georgia Tech Georgia Tech
 

Inching Closer

Right before Halloween, Zeke Clark of Tulsa, Okla., announced his commitment to the Illinois Fighting Illini, and we had his commitment announcement right here at Tennis Recruiting.

Later this week, Clark will be joined by at least two more Blue Chip seniors making their own commitments. On Signing Day, we get a commitment from Hady Habib (Houston, Texas). Fellow senior Matthew Gamble (Webster, N.Y.) follows up with his announcement on Thursday morning.

 

Fast Start...

Signing Week is just getting started, and we have two more articles for you later today. Come by at 1pm Eastern / 10am Pacific for advice from Patrick Alban of SPMI about how to perform your best when coaches are watching - followed by comments from Blue Chip senior and California recruit Bjorn Hoffmann later this evening.

And make sure to come by the website all week for much more. Tomorrow we feature recruits from around the country in our national roundup - leading up to the big day on Wednesday. Stay tuned - as TennisRecruiting.net gives you a courtside seat to all the Signing Week action!

 
 

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