Florida leads the Class of 2023 in verbal commitments with 17, including 8 in the top 20
We’re about a year into the recruiting cycle for the high school class of 2023, and so far the University of Florida men’s and women’s swim and dive teams lead the nation with 17 verbal commitments for the fall 2023. Eight of the student-athletes are ranked among the top 20 recruits of the class of 2023 on our respective girls’ and boys’ lists. Additionally, the head coach Antoine Nesty earned verbal endorsements from both No. 1 swimmers, Bella Sims and Scotty Buff. The women’s team will also include Julia Podkoscielny (#10), Michaela Mattes (#12), JoJo Ramey (#15), Catie Choate, Carly Meeting, Lainy Kruger, Grace Rainey, Alex Mitchell and Melissa Cowen; the men will welcome Jonny Marshall (#10), Caleb Maldari (#16), Andrew Taylor (#20), Josh Parent, Aleksas Savickas and Evan Keogh.
Auburn is trailing the Gators with 15 verbals (Andrew Billitto, Liam Heary, Avery Henke, Britton Spann, Harrison Ranier, Josh Noll, Lawson Ficken, Aislyn Barnett, Carissa Rinard, Katie Russell, Maggie McGuire, Michelle Kaner, Morgan Carteaux, Olivia Dinehart, Wyllo Hanson). The Tigers were first out with a number of commitments last fall.
NC State got 14 verbal commitments, including from No. 9 Hudson Williams and No. 13 Chase Mueller. Other pledges came from Jerry Fox, Mitchell Ledford, Will Heck, Henry Lee, JR Taylor, Sam Flack, Teagan Steinmetz, Abby Woolford, Hayley Clark, Keelan Cotter, Sienna Golembiewski and Tyler Driscoll.
Kentucky, which won an SEC women’s conference title last year, eliminated 12 verbals (AJ Abram, Lance Johnson, Alex Ochsenbein, Joshua Fisher, Elizabeth Tilt, Cassie Howell, Libby Grether, Lillie Boggs, Lily DeLong, Madi McGlothen, Megan Hutchins and Paige Housman).
As with the Class of 2022, the Southeastern Conference is leading the way, garnering 80 pledges to date. The Big Ten Conference (54) and Atlantic Coast Conference (51) are alone at the top tier, while the Pacific-12 Conference (21), Big 12 Conference (14) and Ivy League (13) are the only others with double-digit commitments.
We’ve written over 250 articles about prospective student-athletes in the Class of 2022 who have verbally committed to swimming or diving as part of a college program. (To note: We have about 150 more people on our waiting list, and we’re getting there as fast as we can.) Below are all of the articles we’ve published to date on the High School Class of 2023 verbal commitments. As always, you can sort by club team, college, conference, home state, school, LSC, etc (We add articles every day, so keep refreshing this page for the latest articles!)
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