2011 Clemson vs. Georgia Tech Depth Chart Recruited Talent Analysis

Clemson travels to Hotlanta to face Coastal foe Georgia Tech on Saturday night.   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.

Again, Clemson has better RECRUITED talent than its opponent. The Tigers are over 3/4 of a star better on average on offense, over a quarter star on average better on defense, and 0.6 stars on average better overall, including CU crushing the Jackets on Special Teams.  If games were played on paper, you would say that the Tigers would have a decided advantage based solely on recruited talent alone.

Team Recruiting Service Offense Defense Specialists Overall Average
Clemson Scout 3.46 3.25 3.71 3.40
Rivals 3.62 3.29 3.29 3.44
Average 3.54 3.27 3.50 3.42
Georgia Tech Scout 2.90 3.00 2.00 2.82
Rivals 2.86 3.00 2.14 2.82
Average 2.88 3.00 2.07 2.82

 

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Clemson Offense Georgia Tech 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 64 RAY BENO 6-2 290 *So. 2 3
63 Brandon Thomas 6-3 300 *So. 4 4 57 Catlin Alford 6-3 295 *Fr. 3 3
LG 63 BRANDON THOMAS 6-3 300 *So. 4 4 LG 52 WILL JACKSON 6-3 285 *So. 3 3
73 David Smith 6-5 310 *Gr. 3 3 70 Shaq Mason 6-1 295 Fr. 3 3
C 55 DALTON FREEMAN 6-5 285 *Jr. 4 4 C 50 JAY FINCH 6-3 283 *So. 3 3
62 Mason Cloy 6-3 310 *Gr. 3 3 76 Nick McRae 6-3 291 *Jr. 3 3
RG 74 ANTOINE McCLAIN 6-6 335 Sr. 4 4 RG 77 OMOREGIE UZZI 6-3 300 *Jr. 4 4
62 Mason Cloy 6-3 310 *Gr. 3 3 71 J.C. Lanier 6-4 298 *So. 4 4
RT 72 LANDON WALKER 6-6 305 *Gr. 4 4 RT 61 PHIL SMITH 6-5 292 *Jr. 3 2
70 Gifford Timothy 6-6 315 *Fr. 2 3 or 69 TYLER KIDNEY 6-2 262 *So. N/A N/A
TE 83 DWAYNE ALLEN 6-4 255 *Jr. 4 4 WR 5 STEPHEN HILL 6-5 206 Jr. 4 3
80 Brandon Ford 6-4 235 *Jr. 3 4 80 Daniel McKayhan 6-0 198 *Jr. 2 2
86 Sam Cooper 6-4 240 *Fr. 2 2 QB 13 TEVIN WASHINGTON 6-0 205 *Jr. 3 2
WR 6 DeANDRE HOPKINS 6-1 200 So. 4 4 10 Synjyn Days 6-1 212 *Fr. 3 3
1 Martavis Bryant 6-5 205 Fr. 4 4 AB 17 ORWIN SMITH 6-0 202 Jr. 2 3
QB 10 TAJH BOYD 6-1 225 *So. 5 4 24 Embry Peeples 5-10 185 Sr. 3 3
8 Cole Stoudt 6-4 200 Fr. 3 3 BB 7 DAVID SIMS 6-0 218 *So. 3 3
RB 23 ANDRE ELLINGTON 5-10 190 *Jr. 4 4 27 Preston Lyons 6-0 211 *Sr. N/A N/A
22 D.J. Howard 5-11 195 *Fr. 3 3 or 21 Charles Perkins 6-0 219 *Fr. 3 3
5 Mike Bellamy 5-10 175 Fr. 4 5 AB 20 RODDY JONES 5-9 202 *Sr. 3 3
25 Roderick McDowell 5-9 190 *So. 3 4 9 Tony Zenon 5-8 182 *Fr. 2 2
FB 30 CHAD DIEHL 6-2 260 *Sr. 2 3 WR 84 TYLER MELTON 6-0 206 Sr. 2 2
WR 18 JARON BROWN 6-2 200 *Jr. 3 3 81 Jeff Greene 6-4 200 Fr. 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 Georgia Tech 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 OLB 45 JEREMIAH ATTAOCHU 6-3 223 So. 3 3
90 Kourtnei Brown 6-6 255 *Gr. 4 4 42 Malcolm Munroe 6-3 232 *Jr. 3 3
NG 98 BRANDON THOMPSON 6-2 310 Sr. 4 4 DE 92 JASON PETERS 6-4 270 *Sr. 4 4
43 Tyler Shatley 6-3 295 *So. 3 3 93 Emmanuel Dieke 6-6 264 *So. 3 3
DT 94 RENNIE MOORE 6-3 265 *Sr. 3 3 DT 96 LOGAN WALLS 6-2 299 *Sr. 3 3
99 DeShawn Williams 6-1 290 Fr. 3 3 90 T.J. Barnes 6-7 347 *Jr. 3 3
BE 40 ANDRE BRANCH 6-5 260 *Sr. 2 2 DE 94 IZAAN CROSS 6-4 292 Jr. 3 3
93 Corey Crawford 6-5 280 Fr. 4 4 99 Euclid Cummings 6-4 270 *So. 3 3
SLB 34 QUANDON CHRISTIAN 6-2 220 *So. 3 3 OLB 34 STEVEN SYLVESTER 6-2 238 Sr. 3 3
41 Daniel Andrews 5-11 205 Sr. 2 2 11 Brandon Watts 6-2 234 *So. 3 3
MLB 42 CORICO HAWKINS 5-11 230 Jr. 3 3 ILB 40 JULIAN BURNETT 5-10 220 Jr. 3 2
12 Stephone Anthony 6-3 235 Fr. 5 5 54 Quayshawn Nealy 6-1 220 *Fr. 3 3
33 Spencer Shuey 6-3 250 *So. 3 3 ILB 54 QUAYSHAWN NEALY 6-1 220 *Fr. 3 3
WLB 46 JONATHAN WILLARD 6-2 220 *Jr. 3 4 or 30 DANIEL DRUMMOND 6-3 248 *So. 3 3
8 Justin Parker 6-1 225 So. 3 4 58 B.J. Machen 6-1 232 *Jr. 3 3
CB 15 COTY SENSABAUGH 6-0 185 *Gr. 2 2 LCB 6 ROD SWEETING 6-0 184 Jr. 4 3
17 Bashaud Breeland 6-0 185 *Fr. 4 3 36 Jamal Golden 6-0 185 Fr. 2 3
SS 5 JONATHAN MEEKS 6-1 210 Jr. 4 4 LS 1 ISAIAH JOHNSON 6-2 205 So. 3 3
27 Robert Smith 5-11 210 Fr. 3 3 16 Corey Dennis 6-2 205 Fr. 2 3
FS 31 RASHARD HALL 6-1 210 J*Gr. 3 3 RS 28 RASHAAD REID 5-10 191 Sr. 3 2
32 Carlton Lewis 6-2 205 *Jr. 3 3 14 Jemea Thomas 5-10 190 *So. 3 3
CB 29 XAVIER BREWER 5-11 190 *Jr. 4 3 RCB 8 LOUIS YOUNG 6-1 201 So. 4 4
21 Darius Robinson 5-11 170 So. 3 4 35 Michael Peterson 5-11 190 *Sr. 2 3
14 Martin Jenkins 5-9 175 So. 3 3

 

 

Clemson Specialists Georgia Tech 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 86 JUSTIN MOORE 5-10 171 So. 2 2
P 96 DAWSON ZIMMERMAN 6-2 205 Sr. 3 2 44 David Scully 6-2 201 *So. N/A N/A
KO 96 Dawson Zimmerman 6-2 205 *Sr. 3 2 P 82 SEAN POOLE 6-1 161 *So. N/A N/A
or 39 Chandler Catanzaro 6-2 200 *So. NA NA or 85 CHANDLER ANDERSON 6-0 180 *Sr. N/A N/A
LS (PK) 75 Michael Sobeski 6-2 195 *Fr. NA NA KO 44 David Scully 6-2 201 *So. N/A N/A
52 Phillip Fajgenbaum 6-0 220 *Fr. NA NA 86 Justin Moore 5-10 171 So. 2 2
LS (P) 52 Phillip Fajgenbaum 6-0 220 *Fr. NA NA LS 55 Sean Tobin 6-3 220 Fr. 2 2
75 Michael Sobeski 6-2 195 *Fr. NA NA H 82 Sean Poole 6-1 161 *So. N/A N/A
H 96 Dawson Zimmerman 6-2 205 *Sr. 3 2 PR 37 Zach Laskey 6-1 201 Fr. 2 2
PR 6 DeAndre Hopkins 6-1 200 So. 4 4 9 Tony Zenon 5-8 182 *Fr. 2 2
2 Sammy Watkins 6-1 200 Fr. 5 5 KOR 9 Tony Zenon 5-8 182 *Fr. 2 2
KOR 2 Sammy Watkins 6-1 200 Fr. 5 5 or 17 Orwin Smith 6-0 202 Jr. 2 3
18 Jaron Brown 5-10 190 *Jr. 3 3

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