Makayla Tucker recruit

Glowups in the Class of 2023 Recruit Ratings

Re-rating recruits is one of the most important facets of a recruit rating system, as it rewards young, developing gymnasts for the progress they make throughout their pre-college careers. Whether they add new skills, finesse their form, or demonstrate newfound confidence, gymnasts are always trying to up their games for college coaches. With another level 10 season now behind us, it’s time to take a look at recruits from the class of 2023 who made some significant gains over the past year.

Chloe LaCoursiere

College: Alabama

CGN Rating:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Last Year’s Rating:⭐⭐⭐

Biggest Reason for Improvement: Everything but bars

LaCoursiere made the biggest ratings improvement of anybody previously with a star rating, jumping from three stars this season to finish her junior career as a five-star recruit. Famous for her bars work, LaCoursiere upped her level of competitiveness on the other three events this past year with both improved form and consistency that now makes her a threat to make multiple lineups in a few years at Alabama.

Kyen Mayhew

College: California

CGN Rating:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Last Year’s Rating:⭐⭐⭐⭐

Biggest Reason for Improvement: Vault

Already boasting a Yurchenko one and a half with great amplitude, Mayhew honed in on her landings and made improvements on her form to give herself a second standout event to pair with floor where she already shined. But it wasn’t only vault where Mayhew improved, as her beam showed upgraded consistency that helped her score a coveted fifth star.

Holly Snyder

College: Georgia

CGN Rating:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Last Year’s Rating:⭐⭐⭐⭐

Biggest Reason for Improvement: Floor

While making gains across the board this past season, Snyder’s biggest glowup came on floor where she’s now dialed in on landings and opens with a piked full-in that’s cleaner than most. Bars also saw some significant developments, where she’s landing her giant full to full-in dismount combination better than ever.

Neve King

College: North Carolina

CGN Rating:⭐⭐⭐⭐

Last Year’s Rating:⭐⭐⭐

Biggest Reason for Improvement: Everything

With enhanced technique and confidence, King almost looked like a brand new gymnast this past season. She made significant gains in rating points on all four events, but her block on vault, form on bars and new full-in on floor contributed most to her rise.

Ava Jorgensen

College: BYU

CGN Rating:⭐⭐⭐⭐

Last Year’s Rating:⭐⭐⭐

Biggest Reason for Improvement: Everything

Jorgensen saw one of the largest ratings points increase of any recruit after she made vast improvements across the board. In particular she improved on the leg events, where her Yurchenko full-on pike no longer lacks height, and her floor opens with an E pass—a front double full.

Makayla Tucker

College: Uncommitted

CGN Rating:⭐⭐⭐⭐

Last Year’s Rating:⭐⭐⭐

Biggest Reason for Improvement: Vault and Bars

One of the top uncommitted gymnasts, Tucker saw a bump from three to four stars this year after she elevated her vault and bars to that of her beam and floor. Tucker saw the most growth on bars where she’s cleaned up her form, but beam has been her top event throughout her career.

Courtney McCann

College: Ohio State

CGN Rating:⭐⭐⭐⭐

Last Year’s Rating: Unrated

Biggest Reason for Improvement: Vault and beam 

McCann’s upgrade from an unremarkable Yurchenko layout in 2021 to an NCAA lineup-worthy Yurchenko full in 2022 is, in a word, impressive. Equally impressive, McCann demonstrated the same level of improvement on beam, moving from a 9.500 career high to a 9.850. 

Gabriela Ladanyi

College: Alabama

CGN Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Last Year’s Rating: Unrated

Biggest Reason for Improvement: Everything

After sitting out the 2021 season, veteran level 10 Ladanyi came back in a major way in 2022 by earning career highs on all four events and besting her previous all-around high by a full point and a half. Though she’s a solid contributor on all four events, Ladanyi really shines on bars (and has the 2022 national title to prove it).  

Olivia Coppola

College: Illinois

CGN Rating:⭐⭐⭐⭐

Last Year’s Rating: Unrated

Biggest Reason for Improvement: Everything

Coppola truly improved across the board. Her lowest all-around score of the year—a respectable 37.725—is higher than her previous career high; she cracked the 38 mark a whopping six times this year and snagged two entries on the top 100 floor scores in the process.

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Article by Claire Billman and Brandis Heffner

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