Recruiting Wars; Who was No. 1 in WIN’s Top 25 College  Rankings

Find out whose recruiting class was named No. 1 in WIN’s 2016 NCAA Division I Recruiting Rankings, as well as classes No. 2-25 in WIN’s Spring Recruiting Rankings for Division I colleges. Get a breakdown of each team’s top recruits, their credentials, and prospective college weight classes.

The following is a list of some of the schools that made WIN’s Top 25 recruiting classes. You can view WIN’s complete recruiting rankings by subscribing to WIN by calling 888-303-0606 or go to

  1. North Carolina State: Eight of coach Pat Popolizio’s recruits were state champions this season: Tommy Cox (125) of Deer Park (N.Y.), Hayden Hidlay (149-157) of Lewistown (Pa.) Mifflin County, Chris Diaz (141) and twins Thomas (165) and Daniel Bullard (174) of Lawrenceville (Ga.) Archer, Kellen Devlin (133-141) of Amherst (N.Y.), Codi Russell (125-133) of Suwanee (Ga.) Collins Hill and Charlie Lenox (125) of Waterford (Pa.) Fort LeBoeuf. Despite losing in the National Prep final, Nick Reenan (165-174) of Wyoming Seminary may have been his biggest addition.
  1. Iowa State: Coach Kevin Jackson’s class got a big boost from a pair of westerners who bring with them a combined seven state titles: Danny Vega (125) of Oro Valley (Ariz.) Ironwood Ridge and four-time Oregon champion Samuel Shields-Colbray (197) of Hermiston. Seven of his eight recruits were state champions, including his lone in-state recruit, Gannon Gremmel of Dubuque Hempstead. Ian Parker (125-133) of St. Johns, who won his state at 140, and Kanen Storr (141) of Leslie own five Michigan titles between them. Zemua Baptista (149-157) of Friend pinned his way to his third Nebraska title and Trey Meyer (174) of Spokane East Central won in Washington.
  1. Lehigh: Two of coach Pat Santoro’s eight recruits, National Prep champion Chris Weiler (174-184) of Wyoming Seminary and state champion Jordan Wood (197-285) of Boyertown, ended their senior years on the shelf due to injury. But Luke Karam (125-133) of Bethlehem Catholic moved up to 3A to win his third state title and John Jakobsen (184-197) of Stroudsburg also won. Four other Mountain Hawks recruits finished third.
  1. Harvard: Coach Jay Weiss’s recruits had some bumps, such as Kyle Bierdumpfel (157) of Ramsey Don Bosco Preparatory losing at the buzzer in his bid to repeat as a New Jersey state champion. But A.J. Jaffe (141) of Aurora (Ill.) Marmion Academy prevailed in a tough weight class and Hunter Ladnier (141-149) of Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward dominated en route to an Ohio crown.
  1. Missouri: Coach Brian Smith’s class produced five state champions. Ethan Karsten (149-157) of Platte City Platte County, Sean Hosford (157-165) of Kansas City Park Hill and Wyatt Koelling (197) of Kaysville (Utah) Davis all won their third titles and Dante Jiovenetta (285) of Tavernier Coral Shores won for the second time.
  1. Michigan State: It was a mixed bag for coach Roger Chandler’s first signing class. The good: Drew Hughes (165-174) of Lowell (Ind.) dominated on his way to his second state title, Jake Tucker (157) of Chicago Mount Carmel and Austin Hiles (165-174) of Brecksville (Ohio) Broadview Heights won and Christian Rebottaro (285) of Watsonville Monte Vista Christian School advanced to the California state finals. The bad: all three in-state recruits, two defending state champions, lost in the state finals.


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