Coach John Speraw didn’t miss a beat in his first year recruiting as the head coach of UCLA.
The Bruins had eight incoming freshmen recruits selected to the Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 list — the most selections for a team in six years.
The Fab 50, which was released in Volleyball Magazine’s July issue, is an annual list ranking the nation’s top 50 high school seniors. This is the fourth time during the rally scoring era that a school had eight recruits make the list in a single-year with it last being accomplished by USC in 2007.
Among UCLA’s recruits included three players that the magazine ranked as the nation’s top five recruits. Middle attacker Mitch Stahl was ranked the nation’s top recruit, while outside attackers Oliver Martin and Michael Fisher finished No. 4 and No. 5 in the rankings.
UCLA in Speraw’s first year finished the regular season in fourth place in the MPSF and reached the conference tournament semifinals.
Four schools — Hawai’i, Stanford, USC and Long Beach State — tied for the second most amount of recruits making the Fab 50 list as each had four selections.
Ohio State led the MIVA with three recruits being named to the Fab 50 list. The defending-EIVA champions Penn State also had three Fab 50 recruits to lead its conference.
Check out below how many Fab 50 recruits each school signed for the upcoming season. To view the complete list of the 2013 Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 selections, click here.
2013 Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 list by college
1. UCLA — 8 recruits
T-2. Hawai’i — 4 recruits
T-2. Long Beach State — 4 recruits
T-2. Stanford — 4 recruits
T-2. USC — 4 recruits
T-5. Cal State Northridge — 3 recruits
T-5. Ohio State — 3 recruits
T-5. Penn State — 3 recruits
T-8. Ball State — 2 recruits
T-8. BYU — 2 recruits
T-8. Lewis — 2 recruits
T-8. Princeton — 2 recruits
T-8. UC Irvine — 2 recruits
T-8. UC Santa Barbara — 2 recruits
T-14. Loyola — 1 recruit
T-14. Pepperdine — 1 recruit
T-14. UC San Diego — 1 recruit
T-14. Harvard — 1 recruit