Two weeks after the fall signing period has opened up, we have November recruiting rankings. Although signing day was November 13th, the wrestlers considered for these rankings have not all signed, especially since some of these schools (Ivy League) do not sign National Letters of Intent. The wrestlers considered for each school have been reported to The Open Mat as either giving a verbal commitment or signing with that school. Each school below has a list of top recruits; however, this does not comprise the entire recruiting class. They are wrestlers that are ranked in TOM’s Class of 2020 rankings, TOM’s national rankings, or have been under consideration for a national ranking.
As always, the final recruiting rankings will be released in May after the bulk of the spring signees have been added. Remember, that recruiting is far from an exact science. There are plenty of factors that are evaluated in this process. Overall individual talent, fit with a team/coaching staff, and whether they fill a weight of need are all things that we factor into these rankings. The last and most hard to quantify is what I like to call the “impact on a program” for both the individual and the entire recruiting class. For instance, a wrestler that ends up as a one-time All-American would have much more impact for Long Island as opposed to a wrestler that had similar accomplishments for Penn State.
The number that appears next to each team is their number of wrestlers currently in TOM’s national HS rankings.
Without any further explanations, here are the top 20 DI recruiting classes for November 2019.
20) Penn (2)
Top Recruits: CJ Composto - Westfield, NJ (133 lbs), Jackson Dean - Cesar Rodney, DE (149 lbs), Max Hale - Downington West, PA (184 lbs), Ethan Hernandez - Norwalk, OH (174 lbs), Vince Mannella - Woodward Academy, GA (149 lbs), Jesse Martinez - Riverdale, FL (184 lbs), Ryan Miller - Blair Academy, NJ (125 lbs), Nicholas O’Connell - Southern Regional, NJ (165 lbs), Kaya Sement - Pope John XXIII, NJ (157 lbs), Dante Stefanelli - Delbarton, NJ (165 lbs), Connor Strong - Mt. St. Joseph, MD (157 lbs), Malachi Wiley - Woodward Academy, GA (174 lbs)
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