Mitchell Krueger, one of the top tennis recruits in the country, has signed a national letter of intent with Texas A&M University and Aggie head men's tennis coach Steve Denton.
Aggies Sign Another Blue Chip Recruit
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Mitchell Krueger, one of the top tennis recruits in the country, has signed a national letter of intent with Texas A&M University and Aggie head men's tennis coach Steve Denton.
"We couldn't be happier that Mitchell has decided to stay in Texas and play his collegiate tennis here at Texas A&M," Denton said. "Just like Shane, Mitchell is a player who could have gone anywhere in the country to play tennis. We are proud that his family and friends will be able to see him compete for the Maroon and White. He will fit in well with the Aggie tennis family and we can't wait to get him on campus."
Krueger, a righthander who is currently the top-ranked recruit in the state of Texas and the No. 3 national recruit by TennisRecruiting.net, attends Spring Creek Academy in Dallas and is coached by Dave Licker, the founder of the Lakes Tennis Academy in Frisco. Krueger is currently ranked No. 15 in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) world rankings. His current year record in ITF events is 28-12 in singles and 32-11 in doubles. He recently won the 2011 Pan American ITF Championships in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in singles and was a singles quarterfinalist in the 2011 Australian Open while reaching the tournament's semifinals with doubles partner Karue Sell.
Krueger has teamed with future Texas A&M teammate Shane Vinsant to star in doubles play internationally. The dynamic duo won the 2011 Easter Bowl doubles held in Palm Springs as well as posting the doubles title at the Spring International Championships held in Carson, California. The doubles team has traveled all over the world to play in junior tournaments. Krueger and Vinsant were finalists at the Italian and French Junior Championships.
"Shane and I have been good friends for most of our junior tennis life," Krueger said. "We've trained together and played a lot of tournaments together so with both of us at Texas A&M that is an added bonus for us, and I think it is good for Texas A&M. We talked about our recruiting, but it really came down to which school was best for each of us, and we both ended up liking Texas A&M."
Krueger, from Aledo, Texas, is the son of Myron and Marla Krueger. His father played tennis at Texas A&M under the direction of Coach David Kent and graduated in 1982. Mr. Krueger has chaired the Intercollegiate Tennis Association matches all over the state of Texas. Krueger's mother played at Louisiana Tech so it was fitting that Krueger would hit the courts at an early age playing in local tournaments and then began playing in Super Nationals. He was awarded the prestigious Eddie Herr trophy for his age group in 2006. He started playing internationally at the age of 16 and this year has played in all four junior slam events. This week he is competing in a Futures Tournament in Florida.
"My sister (Mandi) is a senior at Texas A&M in the Mays College of Business and when she went to school she didn't know if she would like it, but she quickly fell in love with the place," Krueger said.
"My dad really did not put any pressure on me to attend Texas A&M," Krueger explained. "But now that I have made my decision I can tell he is pretty happy with my choice. I'm excited and can't wait to get going."
Krueger narrowed his final choices to Oklahoma, TCU and Texas A&M.
Under the direction of Coach Denton and Coach McKinley, the Aggies have posted back-to-back Top 10 seasons, a Big 12 Championship and a school-record 29 victories in match play in 2011, as well as the 2011 NCAA Doubles National Champion duo of Austin Krajicek and Jeff Dadamo. Denton has put together one of the top recruiting classes in the country with Krueger and Vinsant joining other top Blue Chip recruits such as sophomore Junior Ore, ranked as high as No. 3 in the land, redshirt freshman Jackson Withrow who was as high as No. 6 in the land and current true freshman Jeremy Efferding who ranked as high as No. 5 in the country. Krueger and Vinsant will join the team in the fall of 2012.