Nov. 10, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State University men’s tennis head coach Dwayne Hultquist and assistant Nick Crowell have signed three top players to National Letters of Intent, the program announced today. North Carolina resident Chris Cloer from Brevard High School, Naples native Bobby Deye out of St. John Neumann High School, and Bradley Mixson, who hails from Miami and attends Miami Killian High School, will be Seminoles.
Cloer, the brother of former FSU standout Matt Cloer who led the Seminoles to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament last season, plans to enroll in January. He will be eligible to compete in the spring.
“The future of Florida State men’s tennis is getting stronger and stronger,” said an ecstatic Hultquist. “Bobby and Bradley are two of the top players in the entire state of Florida and we are thrilled to sign both of them and Chris. All three guys are gifted tennis players and they have a competitive spirit about them and a drive to succeed. Each will be great additions to our program.”
Cloer won back-to-back North Carolina High School State Championships in 2004 and 2005. He was ranked No. 3 in North Carolina and clinched the 2003 Southern Section Sportsmanship Award. Furthermore, Cloer was crowned Brevard High School MVP for four straight seasons.
Deye was the 39th-ranked player in the country in the Boy’s 16 year-old division and No. 71 in the Boy’s 18-year-old category. He advanced to the singles quarterfinals during the Boy’s 18 National Open in Toledo, Ohio. He and his former doubles partner were semifinalists at the 2004 Clay Court Championships (Boy’s 18) and doubles finals at the Boy’s 18 National Open Tournament in Ohio. Deye also found success in 2003 at the Florida Open and Gator Bowl (Boy’s 16) where he was a singles finalist and semifinalist.
Possibly the most decorated player of the group thanks to an outstanding prep career, Mixson joins Florida State as the fourth-ranked player in the state of Florida (Boy’s 18) and No. 14 in the country. In 2005 he found tremendous success in doubles action, as he was named the ITF Doubles Champion at the South Carolina International Tournament USA, Illinois International Tournament USA, and Florida International Tournament USA. During play at the Atlanta International Tournament USA (2005), Mixson advanced to the quarterfinals round in singles. Winning in Tallahassee is no problem for him as he clinched the 2005 Tallahassee National Open Boy’s 18 Doubles Championship. Furthermore, Mixson placed seventh at the Boy’s 18 National Clay Court Championships.