2011 Clemson vs. Maryland Depth Chart Recruited Talent Analysis

Clemson travels to College Park to face the Maryland Terrapins this weekend.   We'll see how this squad's recruited talent compares to our Clemson Tigers. Before we get into the analysis, I'll point out that I have taken the depth charts for both teams DIRECTLY from the Clemson website (www.clemsontigers.com).  A pdf version of this can be found here.  I will go ahead and tell you that because of injuries and Monday depth chart adjustments, some items here may end up a little out of place come gametime.  I won't try to interpret or guess.  In an effort to maintain consistency, I'll use both teams' depth charts as presented on the official Clemson Athletics website.

We should not have to tell you this, but some folks debate what to take from these articles. We expect you, the reader, to form an opinion of your own. Often we will give you our take on things, but you should independently form your own thoughts based on information out there.  This article shows recruiting data for the depth chart roster as referenced above.  It does not weigh experience nor does it evaluate coaching, preparation, etc... We think this is an interesting and valuable tool that is useful in overall program evaluation because there is a link between these star ratings and other metrics in both college football and the NFL.

Keep in mind as you look through this data that only players who were officially signed were given a "Star Rating".  Players who were not signed could not be quantitatively assessed a recruiting rating.  Such players get a "NA" rating and were not included in the averaged data.  Again, all data was attained from www.Scout.com and www.Rivals.com.  Players whose Scout/Rivals data was not available but were signed were assigned a "NR".  We picked carefully through the data and believe all is correct.  However, if we've overlooked an item we apologize in advance and ask that you point it out so that we can make the correction in our database.

Figure 1 and Table I both show an average of offensive players, defensive players, and specialist listed on the two-deep roster.   Tables II through IV show the two-deep roster used for analysis along with the recruiting ratings for each player on the depth chart.

It is clear that Clemson yet again has superior recruited talent again this week.  Clemson is a half a star better on offense and defense, nearly 0.90 stars better on special teams, and 0.55 stars better overall.  The Tigers enter this game with a clear advantage from recruited talent alone.

 

Team Recruiting Service Offense Defense Specialists Overall Average
Clemson Scout 3.44 3.29 3.71 3.41
Rivals 3.56 3.33 3.29 3.43
Average 3.50 3.31 3.50 3.42
Maryland Scout 2.90 2.65 2.63 2.76
Rivals 3.10 3.00 2.63 2.98
Average 3.00 2.83 2.63 2.87

 

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Clemson Offense Maryland Offense
Pos. # Player Hgt Wgt Cl. Scout Rivals Pos. # Player Hgt Wgt Cl. Scout Rivals
LT 79 PHILLIP PRICE 6-5 315 *Sr. NA NA LT 73 MAX GARCIA 6-4 290 So. 3 3
63 Brandon Thomas 6-3 300 *So. 4 4 74 Nick Klemm 6-5 290 So. 2 2
LG 63 BRANDON THOMAS 6-3 310 *Gr. 4 4 LG 67 PETE WHITE 6-4 330 So. 4 4
73 David Smith 6-5 310 *Gr. 3 3 71 Nate Clarke 6-3 295 Fr. 3 4
C 55 DALTON FREEMAN 6-5 285 *Jr. 4 4 C 63 BENNETT FULPER 6-4 295 Jr. 2 2
62 Mason Cloy 6-3 310 *Gr. 3 3 65 Sal Conaboy 6-3 270 Fr. 3 3
RG 74 ANTOINE McCLAIN 6-6 335 Sr. 4 4 RG 68 JOSH CARY 6-5 290 So. N/A N/A
62 Mason Cloy 6-3 310 *Gr. 3 3 70 De’Onte Arnett 6-4 275 So. 4 4
RT 72 LANDON WALKER 6-6 305 *Gr. 4 4 RT 76 R.J. DILL 6-7 300 Jr. 2 3
70 Gifford Timothy 6-6 315 *Fr. 2 3 61 Jake Wheeler 6-7 275 Fr. 2 2
TE 83 DWAYNE ALLEN 6-4 255 *Jr. 4 4 TE 89 MATT FURSTENBURG 6-4 245 Jr. 4 3
80 Brandon Ford 6-4 235 *Jr. 3 4 34 Devonte Campbell 6-2 255 Jr. 3 4
86 Sam Cooper 6-4 240 *Fr. 2 2 WR 12 KEVIN DORSEY 6-2 205 Jr. 4 4
WR 6 DeANDRE HOPKINS 6-1 200 So. 4 4 4 Ronnie Tyler 5-9 185 Sr. 3 3
1 Martavis Bryant 6-5 205 Fr. 4 4 QB 5 DANNY O'BRIEN 6-3 215 So. 3 3
QB 10 TAJH BOYD 6-1 225 *So. 5 4 or 16 C.J. BROWN 6-3 200 So. 3 3
8 Cole Stoudt 6-4 200 Fr. 3 3 TB 8 DAVIN MEGGETT 5-9 215 Sr. 2 3
RB 23 ANDRE ELLINGTON 5-10 190 *Jr. 4 4 44 Justus Pickett 5-10 175 Fr. 3 3
22 D.J. Howard 5-11 195 *Fr. 3 3 FB 49 TYLER CIERSKI 6-0 255 Fr. 3 3
5 Mike Bellamy 5-10 175 Fr. 4 5 30 Rahsaan Moore 6-2 230 Fr. 2 3
25 Roderick McDowell 5-9 190 *So. 3 4 WR 17 QUINTIN McCREE 6-1 190 Sr. 2 2
FB 30 CHAD DIEHL 6-2 260 *Sr. 2 3 1 Tony Logan 5-10 180 Sr. 4 4
84 Darrell Smith 6-2 245 *So. 3 2
WR 18 JARON BROWN 6-2 200 *Jr. 3 3
19 Charone Peake 6-3 205 Fr. 4 4
26 Marquan Jones 5-10 195 Sr. 3 4
WR 2 SAMMY WATKINS 6-1 200 Fr. 5 5
13 Adam Humphries 6-0 190 Fr. 3 2

 

 

Clemson Defense Maryland Defense
Pos. # Player Hgt Wgt Cl. Scout Rivals Pos. # Player Hgt Wgt Cl. Scout Rivals
DE 97 MALLICIAH GOODMAN 6-4 280 Jr. 4 4 DE 11 DAVID MACKALL 6-3 240 So. 3 4
90 Kourtnei Brown 6-6 255 *Gr. 4 4 67 Alvin Thomas 6-0 225 Jr. N/A N/A
NG 98 BRANDON THOMPSON 6-2 310 Sr. 4 4 DT 72 JOE VELLANO 6-2 285 Jr. 2 3
43 Tyler Shatley 6-3 295 *So. 3 3 96 A.J. Francis 6-4 295 Jr. 2 3
DT 94 RENNIE MOORE 6-3 265 *Sr. 3 3 DT 90 MAURICE HAMPTON 6-2 295 Sr. 3 3
99 DeShawn Williams 6-1 290 Fr. 3 3 97 Darius Kilgo 6-3 290 Fr. 3 3
BE 40 ANDRE BRANCH 6-5 260 *Sr. 2 2 DE 91 KEITH BOWERS 6-2 260 Fr. 3 3
93 Corey Crawford 6-5 280 Fr. 4 4 54 Cody Blue 6-4 260 So. 3 2
SLB 34 QUANDON CHRISTIAN 6-2 220 *So. 3 3 SLB 6 KENNY TATE 6-4 220 Sr. 4 4
41 Daniel Andrews 5-11 205 Sr. 2 2 15 Mario Rowson 6-3 190 Fr. 2 3
MLB 42 CORICO HAWKINS 5-11 230 Jr. 3 3 MLB 53 LORNE GOREE 6-1 230 Fr. 3 3
12 Stephone Anthony 6-3 235 Fr. 5 5 47 Cole Farrand 6-2 233 Fr. 2 2
33 Spencer Shuey 6-3 250 *So. 3 3 WLB 9 DEMETRIUS HARTSFIELD 6-2 235 Jr. 2 3
WLB 46 JONATHAN WILLARD 6-2 220 *Jr. 3 4 35 Alex Twine 6-0 220 Fr. 2 2
7 Tony Steward 6-1 245 Fr. 4 5 CB 25 DEXTER McDOUGLE 5-10 190 So. 3 3
CB 15 COTY SENSABAUGH 6-0 185 *Gr. 2 2 21 Trenton Hughes 5-11 190 Sr. 3 3
17 Bashaud Breeland 6-0 185 *Fr. 4 3 S 48 ERIC FRANKLIN 6-2 205 Jr. 2 2
SS 5 JONATHAN MEEKS 6-1 210 Jr. 4 4 29 Austin Walker 6-0 195 Sr. N/A N/A
27 Robert Smith 5-11 210 Fr. 3 3 S 27 TITUS TILL 6-2 195 Fr. 3 4
FS 31 RASHARD HALL 6-1 210 J*Gr. 3 3 19 A.J. Hendy 6-1 195 Fr. 3 3
32 Carlton Lewis 6-2 205 *Jr. 3 3 CB 22 CAMERON CHISM 5-10 190 Sr. 3 4
CB 29 XAVIER BREWER 5-11 190 *Jr. 4 3 14 Jeremiah Johnson 5-11 170 Fr. 2 3
21 Darius Robinson 5-11 170 So. 3 4
14 Martin Jenkins 5-9 175 So. 3 3

 

 

Clemson Specialists Maryland Specialists
Pos. # Player Hgt Wgt Cl. Scout Rivals Pos. # Player Hgt Wgt Cl. Scout Rivals
PK 39 CHANDLER CATANZARO 6-2 200 *So. NA NA PK 43 NICK FERRARA 6-0 200 Jr. 2 2
P 96 DAWSON ZIMMERMAN 6-2 205 Sr. 3 2 29 Michael Tart 6-2 170 Fr. N/A N/A
KO 96 Dawson Zimmerman 6-2 205 *Sr. 3 2 P 43 NICK FERRARA 6-0 200 Jr. 2 2
39 Chandler Catanzaro 6-2 200 *So. NA NA 18 Nathan Renfro 6-1 215 Fr. 2 2
LS (PK) 75 Michael Sobeski 6-2 195 *Fr. NA NA KO 43 Nick Ferrara 6-0 200 Jr. 2 2
52 Phillip Fajgenbaum 6-0 220 *Fr. NA NA LS 92 Tim Downs 6-0 225 Sr. N/A N/A
LS (P) 52 Phillip Fajgenbaum 6-0 220 *Fr. NA NA 80 Greg Parcher 6-3 185 So. N/A N/A
75 Michael Sobeski 6-2 195 *Fr. NA NA H 29 Michael Tart 6-2 170 Fr. N/A N/A
H 96 Dawson Zimmerman 6-2 205 *Sr. 3 2 5 Danny O'Brien 6-3 215 So. 3 3
PR 6 DeAndre Hopkins 6-1 200 So. 4 4 PR 1 Tony Logan 5-10 180 Sr. 4 4
2 Sammy Watkins 6-1 200 Fr. 5 5 87 Webb Dulin 5-8 175 Sr. N/A N/A
KOR 2 Sammy Watkins 6-1 200 Fr. 5 5 KOR 44 Justus Pickett 5-10 175 Fr. 3 3
18 Jaron Brown 5-10 190 *Jr. 3 3 24 Avery Graham 5-11 195 So. 3 3
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