TALLAHASSEE, Fla.- The Florida State men’s tennis team added the first signature of the 2017 class on Wednesday as Chase Wood signed his National Letter of Intent to play for head coach Dwayne Hultquist and the Seminoles.
“We are very thrilled about adding Chase to our team,” Hultquist said. “He’s a proven winner with a great all-around game. We are excited to have him.”
The five-star, blue chip prospect is the top-ranked player from the state of Texas and the Gulf region according to tennisrecruiting.net, which ranks Wood as the 18th overall player in the nation. Now hailing from Knoxville, Tenn., Wood holds a career-high ranking of No. 2 overall in the IMG Tennis RPI.
“Dwayne and (associate head coach Ryler DeHeart) are both phenomenal coaches,” Wood said. “Ryler was an amazing college player and on the pro tour. I feel like I can learn a lot from the two of them.”
Wood continues the family legacy of high level collegiate athletics. Wood’s father played tennis collegiately at the University of Arkansas, while his mother played at the University of Tennessee. Wood’s older brothers also play college sports- Nick currently plays tennis at the University of Georgia, while Matt plays baseball for Chattanooga State.
“One of the things that sold me was how Coach Hultquist develops players not only on the court but in life- one of the things he stresses is academics,” Wood said. “Florida State has a beautiful campus and very strong academics as well. I feel like I really fit in with the team.”
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