MACOMB, Ill. - Head coach Chris Kane announced the signing of one athlete for his 2011 recruiting class on Friday. Mitchell Granger joins the Leathernecks out of Grayslake, Ill.
The right-hander is currently a senior and is ranked #75 in the Great Lakes Region and #21 in Illinois. As a junior at Cypress Bay High School in Weston, Fla. he helped lead his Cypress Bay team to a second place finish in the 4A Florida State Boys' High School Championships. Granger was also a semi-finalists in both singles and doubles at the 4A Florida State Individual State Championships. 4A is the highest division in Florida High School tennis.
He spent his freshman and sophomore season in Grayslake, Ill. where he played #1 singles both years for Grayslake Central High School. Granger compiled a 20-10 record as a freshman and improved to 29-7 clip during his a sophomore. During that 29-7 season he qualified for the Illinois State High School Championships, where he won two rounds of competition.
Thoughts from Coach Kane
"The opportunity to play at the highest level of Florida high school
tennis last year was really beneficial to Mitch. Many of the best
players in the country compete in Florida. Mitch knows you only improve
by playing the best."
"Mitch is a very fine student, as well as an excellent all-around tennis player. He has power, yet his ground strokes are consistent. Mitch is an outstanding volleyer, who should make us much tougher when that all-important doubles point is at stake in a college match."
"Mitch wants to be a great tennis player, and a coach can't just wish that attitude upon a player. He is a very hard worker who genuinely loves the game of tennis. I expect Mitch to significantly improve each year in college based on his attitude and desire. I challenged Mitch to improve his game 50% by the time he enters Western Illinois next August. I think he can do it."