Top 20 Recruiting Roundup: Men’s Class of 2018, First Edition

“Top 20 Recruiting Roundup” is a new series in which we compile all the verbal commitments for each of the top 20 teams in our NCAA Power Rankings. We’ll compile these lists periodically throughout the college swimming & recruiting season. Recruits listed include all verbal commitments in our recruiting database as of the day we compile this list. Bear in mind that we do not instantaneously know about every single verbal commitment, and there will be some verbals that roll in between when this list is compiled and when it is published.

Texas has loaded up with 4 of our top 20 recruits in the class of 2018, including four men under 1:36.2 in the 200 free.

That’s the upshot of our early look at recruiting among the top 20 programs nationally. Texas is loading up on talent coming off a run of three-straight NCAA titles, and #2-ranked recruit Drew Kibler is a massive pickup through the relay-distance freestyles.

A few other top programs have drawn nice classes as well, though. Our #1 overall recruit, breaststroker/IMer Reece Whitleyhas committed to California. USC has only two verbal commitments (at least that we’ve reported), but both are top-15 prospects. Florida pulled four big-time swimmers including blue-chip IMer Kieran Smith (who should be a great fit in the IM-centric Florida program) and 19-second sprint twins Isaac & Willie DavisArizona State is also surging under head coach Bob Bowmangetting #4-ranked Cody Bybee and the class’s best backstroker in #13 Noah Henry.

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Here’s a look at the recruiting hauls for each program. For the sake of brevity, we are listing only the best two events for each swimmer, along with their home state (or country if outside the U.S.). Our list only includes high school graduating Class of 2018 swimmers (sorry early commits, you’ll have to wait for next year) or internationals who have committed during the current recruiting period.

Commits are listed in random order. Ranking numbers are from our previous recruit rankings from the summer and are not updated for more recent swims. All times are in short course yards unless otherwise noted. Times listed with “m” designate long course meters. In general, times listed are the athlete’s top two swims in USA Swimming Power Points or FINA points for long course. (Yes, this doesn’t always show an athlete’s full versatility. Yes, some athletes might have times not listed that “feel” more impressive than those listed. No, point-based ranking systems aren’t perfect. For the sake of consistency and brevity, this is the format we’ll be sticking to in order to realistically compile times from this many athletes).

Reminder: These are not ranks of recruiting classes. These ranks come from our most recent NCAA Power Rankings. The recruits listed are all the verbal commitments we are aware of at this time. If you have a verbal commitment to report, e-mail it to [email protected]

T-#20: HARVARD CRIMSON (2017 NCAA FINISH: 27TH)

  • None

T-#20: VIRGINIA TECH (2017 NCAA FINISH: 22ND)

  • Alex Wright (WA) – 1:48.60 200 fly, 15:36.58 1650 free
  • Ben Hicks (MD) – 1:47.57 200 back, 1:50.68 200 IM
  • Brennen Doss (VA) – 15:34.13 1650 free, 4:27.61 500 free
  • Dylan Eichberg (VA) – 1:47.37 200 fly, 1:49.85 200 IM
  • Henry Claesson (IL) – 48.35 100 fly, 1:37.85 200 free
  • #12 Keith Myburgh (VA) – 3:45.85 400 IM, 1:58.60 200 breast
  • Philip Manoff (VA) – 1:40.15 200 free, 1:49.11 200 fly

#19: OHIO STATE BUCKEYES (2017 NCAA FINISH: 19TH)

  • Benjamin Kuriger (OH) – 1:38.17 200 free, 1:49.75 200 fly
  • Hudson McDaniel (OH) – 56.62 100 breast, 2:08.79 200 breast
  • Jason Mathews (OH) – 1:59.26 200 breast, 54.42 100 breast
  • Josef Pohlmann (OH) – 49.77 100 fly, 21.05 50 free
  • Lain Weaver (WI) – 48.92 100 fly, 1:50.25 200 fly
  • RJ Kondalski (OH) – 49.33 100 back, 1:49.12 200 back
  • Ruslan Gaziev (CAN) – 22.46 50m free, 50.21 100m free
  • Stefano Batista (IN) – 2:00.74 200 breast, 55.94 100 breast

#18: MISSOURI TIGERS (2017 NCAA FINISH: 9TH)

  • Dane Florea (MO) – 3:52.03 400 IM, 15:21.17 1650 free
  • Garrett Clasen (IL) – 2:01.08 200 breast, 1:48.80 200 IM
  • Jack Dahlgren (MN) – 48.28 100 back, 1:45.85 200 back
  • Jack Dubois (GA) – 15:38.83 1650 free, 4:29.32 500 free

#17: TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS (2017 NCAA FINISH: 20TH)

  • Eien McGee (MS) – 45.56 100 free, 49.82 100 fly

#16: MICHIGAN WOLVERINES (2017 NCAA FINISH: 17TH)

  • AJ Bornstein (CT) – 1:58.68 200 breast, 55.99 100 breast
  • David Cleason (MI) – 1:50.18 200 IM, 1:52.92 200 fly
  • Michael MacGillivray (MI) – 2:01.98 200 breast, 1:51.50 200 IM
  • Will Chan (NC) – 1:58.93 200 breast, 53.78 100 breast

#15: AUBURN TIGERS (2017 NCAA FINISH: 12TH)

  • Matthew Yish (MA) -47.94 100 fly, 1:48.26 200 fly

#14: PURDUE BOILERMAKERS (2017 NCAA FINISH: 13TH)

  • None

#13: TEXAS A&M (2017 NCAA FINISH: 16TH)

  • #20 Clayton Bobo (TX) – 43.56 100 free, 19.90 50 free
  • Coco Bratanov (TX) – 44.90 100 free, 20.43 50 free
  • Ethan Gogulski (TX) – 1:45.07 200 back, 49.57 100 back
  • Peter Simmons (TX) – 1:47.73 200 back, 49.73 100 back
  • Shaine Casas (TX) – 1:47.59 200 IM, 47.64 100 fly

#12: LOUISVILLE CARDINALS (2017 NCAA FINISH: 11TH)

  • Colton Paulson (IL) – 4:24.64 500 free, 1:37.67 200 free
  • Hayden Curley (FL) – 15:27.18 1650 free, 4:26.70 500 free
  • Kyle Worrell (NJ) – 20.79 50 free, 1:38.76 200 free

#11: SOUTH CAROLINA (2017 NCAA FINISH:15TH)

  • Coleman Kramer (FL) – 1:40.08 200 free, 4:34.69 500 free
  • Garrison Johnson (VA) – 15:27.40 1650 free, 4:00.86 400 IM
  • Grayson Schroering (KY) – 2:02.89 200 breast, 57.09 100 breast
  • Nathan Walton (SC) – 50.33 100 back, 46.40 100 free

#10: ARIZONA STATE (2017 NCAA FINISH: 14TH)

  • #4 Cody Bybee (OH) – 1:34.55 200 free, 46.97 100 fly
  • Eddie Michael (OH) – 45.35 100 free, 50.40 100 back
  • Elijah Warren (CO) – 54.82 100 breast, 1:50.34 200 IM
  • Ethan Luc (OR) – 44.85 100 free, 1:38.41 200 free
  • Jakob Icimsoy (AL) – 1:50.74 200 fly, 3:59.18 400 IM
  • Khalil Fonder (VA) – 48.46 100 back, 47.63 100 fly
  • Liam Bresette (MO) – 1:48.88 200 IM, 1:37.17 200 free
  • #13 Noah Henry (TX) – 47.15 100 back, 1:44.81 200 back

#9: ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE (2017 NCAA FINISH: 10TH)

  • Spencer Walker (IL) – 1:45.18 200 back, 48.13 100 back

#8: GEORGIA BULLDOGS (2017 NCAA FINISH: 8TH)

  • Bradley Dunham (GA) – 15:19.69 1650 free, 4:24.87 500 free

#7: STANFORD CARDINAL (2017 NCAA FINISH: 5TH)

  • Alessandro Boratto (PA) – 48.49 100 back, 1:46.43 200 back
  • David Madej (OH) – 44.17 100 free, 48.39 100 fly
  • #11 Jack LeVant (TX) – 1:35.42 200 free, 43.98 100 free
  • Mason Gonzalez (PA) – 43.62 100 free, 19.99 50 free

#6: INDIANA HOOSIERS (2017 NCAA FINISH: 7TH)

  • Brandon Hamblin (VA) – 20.57 50 free, 45.66 100 free
  • Jack Franzman (IN) – 43.44 100 free, 19.81 50 free
  • Michael Brinegar (CA) – 14:53.52 1650 free, 4:19.80 500 free
  • Mikey Calvillo (TX) – 15:15.76 1650 free, 3:53.24 400 IM
  • Zach Cook (IN) – 48.60 100 fly, 1:51.30 200 fly

#5: USC TROJANS (2017 NCAA FINISH: 6TH)

  • #3 Alexei Sancov (CA) – 1:33.93 200 free, 43.46 100 free
  • #15 Ariel Spektor (FL) – 1:46.57 200 IM, 47.39 100 fly

#4: NC STATE WOLFPACK (2017 NCAA FINISH: (4TH)

  • Curtis Wiltsey (NC) – 15:44.31 1650 free, 4:27.14 500 free
  • John Healy (NC) – 1:46.38 200 back, 49.38 100 back
  • Nate Mullens (OH) – 20.45 50 free, 45.45 100 free
  • Rafal Kusto (POL) – 1:02.45 100m breast, 2:14.13 200m breast
  • Zach Brown (NC) – 3:52.55 400 IM, 48.25 100 fly

#3: FLORIDA GATORS (2017 NCAA FINISH: 3RD)

  • Isaac Davis (FL) – 19.93 50 free, 49.30 100 fly
  • #8 Kieran Smith (CT) – 1:46.41 200 IM, 3:46.07 400 IM
  • #9 Trey Freeman (TN) – 4:16.99 500 free, 1:34.92 200 free
  • Will Davis (FL) – 19.82 50 free, 47.85 100 fly

#2: CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS (2017 NCAA FINISH: 2ND)

  • Christopher Jhong (CA) – 1:47.34 200 IM, 3:50.87 400 IM
  • Daniel O’Connell (CA) – 49.95 100 fly, 1:41.05 200 free
  • Reece Whitley (PA) – 1:52.37 200 breast, 51.84 100 breast

#1: TEXAS LONGHORNS (2017 NCAA FINISH: 1ST)

  • Alex Zettle (TX) – 4:19.73 500 free, 1:36.22 200 free
  • Charlie Scheinfeld (IL) – 1:59.01 200 breast, 54.63 100 breast
  • #10 Daniel Krueger (WI) – 43.38 100 free, 1:35.58 200 free
  • #2 Drew Kibler (IN) – 1:33.30 200 free, 42.99 100 free
  • #17 Jason Park (TX) – 47.82 100 back, 1:45.79 200 back
  • #16 Matthew Willenbring (TX) – 1:47.00 200 IM, 1:35.26 200 free

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ASU is loaded

They have potential. They are not loaded.

If Cal doesn’t win this year, how long more will it be before they can

JP input is too short

They “can” about any year… it’s all about development, and of course a lot of “ifs…”

Hoffer could be the next Dressel.

Reese could be the next Cordes.

Mefford could be the next Shields.

Carr could be the next Clary.

Not saying any of these WILL happen, but just examples of ways you could imagine Cal becoming the type of dominant team Texas has been the past few years.

The real swim shady

Cal has this year and next year as a possible chance to win while this incoming class are still freshman. Once this class develops then look out. Eddie could rack up 3 more rings with them. Considering Willenbring’s amazing summer and the rate he has been progressing at, he is already way better than his original ranking. The dude still can’t even do a pushup. Wait til he starts lifting college weights.

Speed Racer

Odds are Eddie will not be coaching past 2020 so I doubt he would hit “3 more rings” with this class. He steps down after Townley’s senior year is the bet.

Perhaps you should consider Eddie’s grandson just joined the team. He’s either a freshman now or next year. Eddie isn’t going anywhere.

Speed Racer

The man is 76. Eddie will probably go through 2020. Then enjoy his grandson’s senior year from the stands. Eddie knows the best handoff is at the start of any new quad. He might stay on and run the pro group in some capacity but he will not be the Texas head coach after 2020.

Eddie on Joe: “I feel really good about our future. He’s done a phenomenal job, and I want him to be better in the 100m and 200m freestyle, and he can do all of that stuff.” Looks like he’s coaching at least til Tokyo
http://www.tnp.sg/sports/swimming/reese-backs-schooling-bounce-back

The Real Swim Shady

Speed Racer obviously doesn’t know Eddie. He will go to at least Tokyo. If Eddie tells a young man he is staying for their 4 years, he will stay for 4 years barring any major health issues.

FormerTexasLonghorn

If you know Eddie, you know he’ll be around longer than most think. He still loves every day he’s coaching. His enthusiasm is infectious. He’ll leave not when a star swimmer leaves, but when he no longer thinks he can help a swimmer be the best he can be.That could be more years than most think. I joked to him that I heard he signed a contract committing to 20 more years of coaching and his reply was a smile and, “That sounds good to me”.

Does diving still count at NCAA’s. Texas has Scoggin and that could be the difference.

Cal will never win again.

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