2011 Clemson vs. Boston College Depth Chart Recruited Talent Analysis

Clemson hosts the Boston College Eagles this weekend in Death Valley.   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. 

The first thing you will notice here is the overall advantage Clemson has in terms of stars per player over BC.  Clemson clearly has out recruited the Eagles in terms of high school talent up and down the depth chart. The 3/4 star advantage is a testament to this recruiting supremacy.  It is a good example of how good fundamentals and coaching can overcome talent, as Boston College was able to defeat Clemson last season despite having fewer stars from the recruiting "experts."

Table I:  Overall Data
Team Recruiting Service Offense Defense Specialists Overall Average
Clemson Scout 3.44 3.29 3.71 3.41
Rivals 3.56 3.38 3.29 3.45
Average 3.50 3.33 3.50 3.43
Boston College Scout 2.62 2.77 2.33 2.63
Rivals 2.57 2.91 2.50 2.70
Average 2.60 2.84 2.42 2.67

 

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Figure 1:  Overall Depth Chart Talent Comparison

 

Table II: Offensive Comparison
Clemson Offense Boston College 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 JOHN WETZEL 6-8 302 Jr. 2 2
63 Brandon Thomas 6-3 300 *So. 4 4 70 Aaron Kramer 6-7 296 Fr. 2 2
LG 63 BRANDON THOMAS 6-3 310 *Gr. 4 4 LG 76 BOBBY VARDARO 6-5 301 Fr. 2 3
73 David Smith 6-5 310 *Gr. 3 3 60 Bryan Davis 6-3 290 So. 2 2
C 55 DALTON FREEMAN 6-5 285 *Jr. 4 4 C 69 MARK SPINNEY 6-4 282 Sr. 4 3
62 Mason Cloy 6-3 310 *Gr. 3 3 59 Andy Gallik 6-3 284 Fr. 3 3
RG 74 ANTOINE McCLAIN 6-6 335 Sr. 4 4 RG 62 IAN WHITE 6-5 298 So. 2 2
62 Mason Cloy 6-3 310 *Gr. 3 3 64 Harris Williams 6-4 298 Fr. 3 2
RT 72 LANDON WALKER 6-6 305 *Gr. 4 4 RT 77 EMMETT CLEARY 6-7 303 Jr. 2 3
70 Gifford Timothy 6-6 315 *Fr. 2 3 67 Seth Betancourt 6-6 304 Fr. 4 3
TE 83 DWAYNE ALLEN 6-4 255 *Jr. 4 4 TE 81 CHRIS PANTALE 6-6 251 Jr. 3 3
80 Brandon Ford 6-4 235 *Jr. 3 4 87 Lars Anderson 6-3 236 Sr. 3 3
86 Sam Cooper 6-4 240 *Fr. 2 2 WR 14 JOHNATHAN COLEMAN 6-4 208 So. 2 2
WR 6 DeANDRE HOPKINS 6-1 200 So. 4 4 83 Alex Amidon 5-11 185 So. 2 2
1 Martavis Bryant 6-5 205 Fr. 4 4 QB 11 CHASE RETTIG 6-3 212 So. 3 3
QB 10 TAJH BOYD 6-1 225 *So. 5 4 15 Dave Shinskie 6-4 220 Jr. 3 NA
8 Cole Stoudt 6-4 200 Fr. 3 3 RB 2 MONTEL HARRIS 5-10 207 Sr. 2 2
RB 23 ANDRE ELLINGTON 5-10 190 *Jr. 4 4 44 Andre Williams 6-0 222 So. 3 3
5 Mike Bellamy 5-10 175 Fr. 4 5 WR 10 BOBBY SWIGERT 6-1 184 So. 3 3
22 D.J. Howard 5-11 195 *Fr. 3 3 7 Spiffy Evans 6-0 173 Fr. NA 3
25 Roderick McDowell 5-9 190 *So. 3 4 WR 1 COLIN LARMOND 6-3 202 Jr. 3 3
FB 30 CHAD DIEHL 6-2 260 *Sr. 2 3 30 Donte Elliott 6-0 195 Jr. 2 2
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

 

 

Table III:  Defensive Comparison
Clemson Defense Boston College 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 56 MAX HOLLOWAY 6-2 253 Jr. 2 3
90 Kourtnei Brown 6-6 255 *Gr. 4 4 45 Mehdi Abdesmad 6-6 264 Fr. 3 3
NG 98 BRANDON THOMPSON 6-2 310 Sr. 4 4 LDT 95 DOMINIC APPIAH 6-5 286 Fr. 3 3
43 Tyler Shatley 6-3 295 *So. 3 3 96 Kaleb Ramsey 6-3 302 Sr. 4 3
DT 94 RENNIE MOORE 6-3 265 *Sr. 3 3 RDT 92 DILLON QUINN 6-6 292 Jr. 3 4
99 DeShawn Williams 6-1 290 Fr. 3 3 98 Max Ricci 6-4 330 Fr. 2 2
BE 40 ANDRE BRANCH 6-5 260 *Sr. 2 2 DE 91 KASIM EDEBALI 6-2 249 So. 2 2
93 Corey Crawford 6-5 280 Fr. 4 4 99 Brian Mihalik 6-8 233 Fr. 3 3
SLB 34 QUANDON CHRISTIAN 6-2 220 *So. 3 3 SLB 49 STEELE DIVITTO 6-3 225 So. 4 3
8 Justin Parker 6-1 225 So. 3 4 54 Nick Clancy 6-3 237 Jr. 2 3
41 Daniel Andrews 5-11 205 Sr. 2 2 MLB 40 LUKE KUECHLY 6-3 237 Jr. 3 3
MLB 42 CORICO HAWKINS 5-11 230 Jr. 3 3 50 Will Thompson 6-1 236 Sr. 4 3
12 Stephone Anthony 6-3 235 Fr. 5 5 WLB 24 KEVIN PIERRE-LOUIS 6-1 212 So. 3 4
33 Spencer Shuey 6-3 250 *So. 3 3 34 Sean Duggan 6-4 215 Fr. 3 3
WLB 46 JONATHAN WILLARD 6-2 220 *Jr. 3 4 FCB 4 DONNIE FLETCHER 6-1 195 Sr. 3 3
7 Tony Steward 6-1 245 Fr. 4 5 5 Al Louis-Jean 6-2 183 Fr. 3 4
CB 15 COTY SENSABAUGH 6-0 185 *Gr. 2 2 SS 9 DOMINIQUE WILLIAMS 6-0 209 Fr. 2 3
17 Bashaud Breeland 6-0 185 *Fr. 4 3 or 47 SPENSER ROSITANO 6-1 200 Fr. 2 2
SS 5 JONATHAN MEEKS 6-1 210 Jr. 4 4 FS 37 HAMPTON HUGHES 6-3 202 Jr. N/A N/A
27 Robert Smith 5-11 210 Fr. 3 3 19 Sean Sylvia 6-0 196 Fr. 3 3
FS 31 RASHARD HALL 6-1 210 J*Gr. 3 3 BCB 23 JIM NOEL 6-4 185 Jr. 3 3
32 Carlton Lewis 6-2 205 *Jr. 3 3 29 James McCaffrey 5-10 198 Fr. 2 2
CB 29 XAVIER BREWER 5-11 190 *Jr. 4 3 or 21 Manny Asprilla 5-10 170 Fr. 2 2
21 Darius Robinson 5-11 170 So. 3 4

 

 

Table IV:  Specialist Comparison
Clemson Specialists Boston College 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 85 NATE FREESE 6-0 181 So. 2 2
P 96 DAWSON ZIMMERMAN 6-2 205 Sr. 3 2 46 Ryan Quigley 6-3 188 Sr. 2 2
KO 96 Dawson Zimmerman 6-2 205 *Sr. 3 2 P 46 RYAN QUIGLEY 6-3 188 Sr. 2 2
or 39 Chandler Catanzaro 6-2 200 *So. NA NA 32 Gerald Levano 6-2 210 Jr. N/A N/A
LS 52 Phillip Fajgenbaum 6-0 220 *Fr. NA NA KO 46 Ryan Quigley 6-3 188 Sr. 2 2
75 Michael Sobeski 6-2 195 *Fr. NA NA LS 57 Sean Flaherty 6-2 220 Jr. N/A N/A
H 96 Dawson Zimmerman 6-2 205 *Sr. 3 2 69 Mark Spinney 6-4 282 Sr. 4 3
PR 6 DeAndre Hopkins 6-1 200 So. 4 4 H 32 Gerald Levano 6-2 210 Jr. N/A N/A
2 Sammy Watkins 6-1 200 Fr. 5 5 46 Ryan Quigley 6-3 188 Sr. 2 2
KOR 2 Sammy Watkins 6-1 200 Fr. 5 5 PR 10 Bobby Swigert 6-1 184 So. 3 3
18 Jaron Brown 5-10 190 *Jr. 3 3 20 Tahj Kimble 5-11 210 Fr. 2 3
KOR 7 Spiffy Evans 6-0 173 Fr. NA 3
20 Tahj Kimble 5-11 210 Fr. 2 3

 

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