Early Signing Day 2020: Over 830 Verbal Commitments from the Class of 2021

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020 is Early Signing Day for the high school class of 2021. We have written over 830 articles about prospective student-athletes from the class of 2021 who have made verbal commitments to swim or to dive for a college program, an increase of about 230 over the class of 2020’s early commitments at this time a year ago. (Note: We have another 200 or so on our waiting list, and we’re getting to them as fast as we can.) Many of those verbal commitments become contractual agreements tomorrow, as the second Wednesday in November marks the official opening of signing season for the current seniors in high school.

The NCAA regulates when prospective student-athletes can sign a National Letter of Intent (NLI), which is the binding agreement between an athlete and an NLI member institution. In past years, there was a week-long “Early” Signing Period that began the second Wednesday in November, followed by a “Regular” Signing Period which stretched, for most sports, from February to August. In 2018, the NCAA instituted changes to the recruiting timetable and the two signing periods have now been joined. You can see all the signing periods for the student-athletes enrolling in the 2021-22 school year on the NLI website here.

While we are still adding scores of names to this database, here are the Class of 2021 swimming and diving commitments we have noted thus far:

Rank Top 20 Boys from 2020 Verbal Commitment Top 20 Girls from 2020 Verbal Commitment
1 Aiden Hayes NC State Gretchen Walsh Virginia
2 Anthony Grimm Texas Torri Huske Stanford
3 Joshua Matheny Indiana Grace Sheble NC State
4 Tim Connery Texas Amy Tang Stanford
5 Jack Aikins Virginia Paige McKenna Wisconsin
6 Jack Alexy Cal Micayla Cronk Florida
7 Sam Hoover NC State Ashley Strouse Northwestern
8 Matthew Fallon Penn Samantha Tadder Stanford
9 Tyler Lu Northwestern Mia Kragh Cal
10 Matthew Fenlon Stanford Lindsay Flynn Michigan
11 David Curtiss NC State Annabel Crush NC State
12 Arsenio Bustos NC State Reilly Tiltmann Virginia
13 Hayden Zheng Stanford Mariah Denigan Indiana
14 Trent Frandson Cal Rebekah Hamilton Auburn
15 Luke Hobson Texas Rachel Stege Georgia
16 Luke Barr Indiana Letitia Sim Michigan
17 Chris Guiliano Notre Dame Brooke Zettel Florida
18 Garrett Boone NC State Ella Bathurst Virginia
19 Nate Stoffle Auburn Ellie Waldrep Auburn
20 Tyler Hulet Texas A&M Asia Minnes Tennessee

Below you will find all the articles we have published to date about verbal commitments from the high school class of 2021. As always, you can sort by club team, college, conference, home state, school, LSC, etc. (We’re adding articles every day, so keep refreshing this page to get the latest articles!)

(NOTE: If you have a commitment to report, please send an email with a photo (landscape, or horizontal, looks best) and a quote to [email protected]. Do not leave it in the comments below.)

You can read all the articles here.

High School Class of 2021 Verbal Commitments

If you have a commitment to report, please send an email with a photo (landscape, or horizontal, looks best) and a quote to [email protected].

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3 years ago

The man VOLS will be tough with this class of great guys! We were 6th of 8 teams in 2020 at the SEC Championships, BUT will probably be in the top 3 soon! Go VOLS!

Jeff S
3 years ago

A lot missing from this list that have been sent to SwimSwam

NC Fan
3 years ago

Does swimming get any exciting signing day flips? It doesn’t seem like it, but should we make it ‘fun’ and start rumors like Tim Connery flipping back to Michigan, Anthony Grimm staying ‘home’ at UVA, or the Indiana recruits scattering elsewhere (or does that only happen after Freshman year)?

3 years ago

Re rank the swimmers

GA Boy
Reply to  Googles
3 years ago

On what grounds? there have been almost no meets, and it is always a spring thing. All the top athletes are already committed so its not like it is affecting them getting a scholarship. this just seems like the stupidest year of all to rerank swimmers because there is effectively no change (except for the one JR boy who will be ranked top 5 after going completely unranked last year).

NC Fan
Reply to  Googles
3 years ago

The remaining ‘real’ re-rank is going to be the 2022 (and 2023) NCAA championships. Anything before then is just a COVID driven thumb in the air.

Inclusive Parent
3 years ago

Someone enlighten me. Is there a limit to how many athletes a team can “pull” through admissions based on NCAA regs, or is this just school policy? How does a school like Cal, one of the 5 hardest public schools in the country to gain admissions to, get 14 women in a single class? And correct me if I’m wrong, but you can’t sign an NLI unless you are being offered some form of financial consideration, right? So, will a school like Cal just commit 5% scholarships to 14 women to get them locked up, or are many of these names listed just potential walk-ons and preferred walk-ons for which an NLI won’t be executed?

Reply to  Inclusive Parent
3 years ago

Most in state swimmers would receive a book scholarship, which requires an NLI.

GA Boy
3 years ago

You know we’re coming!!!! Don’t be shocked, a couple of years and we’ll be back at the top!

Reply to  GA Boy
3 years ago

Georgia signing kids like they are starting the program from scratch.

GA Boy
Reply to  Horninco
3 years ago

wrong program🥴

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