Nov. 20, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State men’s tennis team announced Thursday, November 20, the signing of Connor Smith and Anderson Reed to a National Letter of Intent for the 2009-2010 season.
Connor Smith is a Blue Chip recruit according to tennisrecruiting.net and joins the Seminoles from Tampa, Fla. He is the 26th-ranked recruit in the country and the No. 1-ranked player in Florida according to the USTA. Smith won four matches at the USTA National Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich. and the U.S. Clay Court National Championships in Delray Beach, Fla. Smith holds a 56-14 overall record including a 27-11 mark against Blue Chip and five-star recruits. Smith has also won the last two tournaments he has entered, the ITF El Paso Youth Tennis Centre and Seminole County Fall Sectional.
“Connor is one of the top players from the state of Florida,” FSU head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “He follows in the lines of guys like Jean-Yves Aubone, Clint Bowles and Maciek Sykut as top guys from the state that we have gotten to come to Florida State.”
“Florida State has one of the best teams in the country,” Smith said. “I really like the coaches and it’s a great location still being in Florida. I just want to help the team as much as I can and hopefully win a national title.”
Anderson Reed comes to Florida State a five-star recruit according to tennisrecruiting.net from Daphne, Ala. Reed is the 40th-ranked recruit in the country and is the top ranked player in Alabama. He won five matches at both the 2008 USTA National Open in Tallahassee, Fla., and the 2008 U.S. Clay Court National Championships in Delray Beach, Fla. Reed also won a pair of tournaments in 2008, the Southern Closed and Alabama Junior State Qualifying.
“Dwayne [Hultquist] is a great coach and you can tell that he knows a lot about tennis,” Reed said. “I like all of the guys on the team and Florida State is a great school. I want to go into business and FSU has a great Business School and all of those aspect rolled into one is why I chose the Seminoles.”
“We’re thrilled to have Anderson,” Hultquist said. “He won the Southern Championships this year and has been one of the best in the nation. He’s what we’re looking for as a student-athlete and he brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm and will be a tremendous asset to our program.”