The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) men’s tennis team has found its incoming class in the TennisRecruiting.net Top 25 NCAA Division III Men’s Recruiting Classes for 2021. The Engineers and their five incoming student-athletes are seventh in the entire nation. Additionally, the class also received consideration for the men’s mid-major top 25 recruiting class ranking, which includes all NCAA Divisions.
The Rensselaer men’s tennis Class of 2025 consists of Alden Drover-Mattinen of Portugal Cove, Canada; Emilio Van Cotthem of Fort Pierce, Florida; Jonathan McMillan of Rancho Cucamonga, California; Bryce Burnham of Rocklin, California; and Igor Vishnevskij of Delray Beach, Florida.
Van Cotthem, who is considered a four-star recruit, is ranked 97th nationally, 32th in the Southeast and 20th in Florida. Vishnevskij, a three-star, is 37th in the Sunshine State, 70th in the Southeast and 255th nationally. Burnham and McMillan are both four-star recruits with California rankings of 38th and 37th, respectively. Burnham is 40th in the Southwest and 169th nationally, while McMillan is 39th and 165th. Drover-Mattinen is not listed in any rankings because he is from Canada.
They join a program that was ranked 23rd in the final 2020-21 Oracle/ITA (Intercollegiate Tennis Association) Division III Men’s Collegiate Tennis Rankings. The Engineers, led by 11th-year head coach Jon Satkowski, went 5-1 and finished first in the Liberty League to earn the top seed in the conference championship.
Rensselaer’s recruiting class trails only, in order, Case Western Reserve University, Williams College, the University of Chicago, Carnegie Mellon University, Swarthmore College and MIT. Amherst College, Babson University and Middlebury College round out the top 10.