March 30, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In just a matter of years, Florida State head coach Dwayne Hultquist and assistant Nick Crowell have turned the Seminole men’s tennis program into a powerhouse, that’s according to the latest edition of the Tennis Recruiting Network, who today unveiled their rankings of the top men’s recruiting classes for the Class of 2006.
The online journal, located at www.tennisrecruiting.net, ranked FSU with the No. 9 incoming class thanks to future Seminole standouts Bobby Deye and Bradley Mixson.
“Coach Hultquist pulled a rabbit out of his hat to keep Mixson out of Gainesville,” the writer of the article, Dallas Oliver, said. “[They did a] great job keeping the in-state boys home.”
According to Hultquist, the rankings would have been higher had current FSU freshman Chris Cloer been added to the list. Cloer enrolled in January and is currently on the team, thus eliminating him from the incoming class rankings.
“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.”
Deye (out of St. John Neumann High School) 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 (Killian High School/Miami, Fla.) 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.