Nov. 23, 2010
RALEIGH, N.C. -
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NC State men’s tennis head coach Jon Choboy announced today the signing of three top-flight recruits to join the Wolfpack program. The class boasts one blue-chip recruit, one five-star and one four-star.
Beck Bond, Robbie Mudge and Austin Powell will join the squad as true freshmen in time for the 2011-12 season.
“We’re really excited to be adding three quality young men to our program,” said Choboy. “All three are top-level players that have the ability to step in and contribute immediately for us. Even more than that, they’re all high-integrity young men with character and class, and they’re all very good students in the classroom.
“The skill and ability that Beck, Robbie and Austin have will go a long way in helping this program. They’ve all enjoyed incredibly successful prep careers, and we’re looking forward to bringing them in and improving their game. The final class rankings won’t come out until around April of next year, but we’re looking at highly ranked nationally recognized recruiting class.”
Bond, a native of Meriden, Conn., has been tabbed as a four-star recruit by TennisRecruiting.net. Currently holding a No. 92 national ranking, he boasts a 42-13 overall record and is ranked No. 2 in Connecticut and No. 4 in New England. He holds an 8-5 slate against fellow four-star recruits. Beck selected NC State over Boston College.
“Beck falls perfectly in line with what we’re looking for as far as character and being a great student in the classroom,” said Choboy. “We expect a lot form him. We feel that he’s an even better player than his ranking indicates, and we think that he’s certain to make a name for himself in the college tennis world.”
Mudge, out of nearby Mooresville, N.C., is considered a blue-chip by TennisRecruiting.net. With a No. 38 national ranking, he holds the top ranking in North Carolina and is slated at No. 11 in the Southeast. Owning a 31-13 overall record, Mudge has gone 5-4 against fellow blue-chips, 9-7 against five-star players and 9-4 vs. four-stars. Mudge also visited North Carolina and Wake Forest.
“Robbie is someone that we’ve been working on for a long time,” said Choboy. “He’s from right down the road, and he’s one of the best players in the country. He’s been at the top of the Southeast rankings most of his junior career because he just knows how to win and compete. He’s been well-coached and we know we’ll get great things from him.
“We put a priority on recruiting in this state, and it’s very important for our program to win the recruiting battle here. We know without a doubt that Robbie is the best player in North Carolina.”
Hailing from Muscle Shoals, Ala., Powell is ranked No. 55 nationally and is labeled a five-star recruit by TennisRecruiting.net. He carries a 45-13 overall record, including an 8-4 slate against five-star players and a 3-4 record against blue chips. Powell, who has played under former Wolfpack great and all-time NC State career victories leader Jay Weinacker, is ranked No. 2 in Alabama and No. 17 in the Southeast.
“Austin visited a lot of top-flight SEC programs including LSU, South Carolina and Alabama before deciding to join us at NC State,” said Choboy. “He’s a very good athlete and another guy that simply knows how to win. He’s got a phenomenal record, and he’s won nearly every single one of his last 25 matches. Out of his last four events he won the Southern Open, a national open, a southern bullfrog event, and lost in the finals of another southern bullfrog, so he’s played in some big-time matches already. He’s a very hard-working young man.”