Originally Posted by Satsuma Illini
With Mitchell Kruger turning pro, the Illini now have the No. 1 tennis recruit in the nation for the 2012 class! If memory serves right, this is the third time the Illini have landed the #1 recruit. Congratulations to the Illini!
No. 1 Tennis Recruit
When players start playing nothing but Futures and men's opens, they drop off the TennisRecruiting.net rankings entirely. That happened to Mac Styslinger, who has been ahead of Hiltzik throughout the last few years until his results dropped off.
I would say that Styslinger is the top junior who is actually going to college, but there were three guys who went pro who arguably would all have been ahead of him (Fratangelo, Peliwo, Krueger) so we will have to wait and see how good he is in college. Generally, there are about three really elite juniors each year, and it is unusual to have all three turn pro. The year before, the elite three were Jack Sock, Marcos Giron, and Mitchell Frank, and only Sock went pro.