Linebacker Recruiting Analysis: Clemson vs. non-ACC 2006 to Present

In our final installment of linebacker recruiting we compare Clemson to some non-ACC universities.  Assumptions made in creating this article can be found here.  I should point out that we strictly used www.scout.com position classifications.  It is possible that some players ended up at a different position ball after they arrived on campus for any of the schools in this article.

Table I and Figure 1 (below) both illustrate Clemson's ranking based on LB class size since 2006.  Clemson (at 2.67 players per class) was tied with Georgia and LSU for least number of linebacker recruits over this time period.  South Florida and Auburn led the survey averaging 3.33 linebackers per class.

The items that stood out the most were Alabama's relative consistency (3 per year) as well as South Carolina's two big classes ('06 with five and '09 with six).  After pulling Kevin Steele away from Bama, Clemson increased its annual LB haul bringing in nine backers the past two classes.  Overall, the Tigers lag the average by 0.30 players per class and will need to get this average up to at least three players per class.

Table I:  Recruiting Class Size

Class Size

Team

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

AVERAGE

Clemson

1

2

2

2

4

5

2.67

Alabama

3

2

4

4

2

3

3.00

Auburn

3

4

2

3

5

3

3.33

Georgia

4

2

2

2

3

3

2.67

LSU

5

1

2

4

3

1

2.67

South Carolina

5

1

2

6

2

3

3.17

South Florida

5

2

3

4

2

4

3.33

Non-Clemson Average

4

2

2.4

3.8

3

2.6

2.97

 

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Figure 1:  Individual Institution Recruiting Class Size

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Figure 2:  Average non-Clemson vs Clemson Recruiting Class Size

 

Table II and Figure 3 show the average star-rating per player for each team, as shown below.  Clemson (3.12 stars/player) trailed everyone else except South Florida in this category.  I will say that the SEC teams we have included in this article did a great job pulling in linebacker talent from 2006 to present.    

Table II:  Average Player Star Rating per Team

Average Star Rating (per player)

Team

Service

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

AVERAGE

Clemson

Scout

2.00

3.00

3.00

3.00

3.00

3.40

2.90

Rivals

3.00

3.50

3.50

3.00

3.25

3.80

3.34

Average

2.50

3.25

3.25

3.00

3.13

3.60

3.12

Alabama

Scout

2.67

3.00

4.25

3.75

4.00

4.00

3.61

Rivals

3.00

4.00

3.75

3.75

4.00

3.67

3.69

Average

2.83

3.50

4.00

3.75

4.00

3.83

3.65

Auburn

Scout

3.33

3.75

3.00

3.67

3.20

3.67

3.44

Rivals

3.33

4.00

2.00

3.00

3.40

3.67

3.23

Average

3.33

3.88

2.50

3.33

3.30

3.67

3.33

Georgia

Scout

4.50

3.50

3.50

3.50

3.67

3.33

3.67

Rivals

3.75

3.50

4.00

3.50

3.33

3.67

3.63

Average

4.13

3.50

3.75

3.50

3.50

3.50

3.65

LSU

Scout

3.40

NA

4.00

3.50

3.33

4.00

3.65

Rivals

3.40

4.00

3.50

3.50

3.33

3.00

3.46

Average

3.40

4.00

3.75

3.50

3.33

3.50

3.55

South Carolina

Scout

3.20

3.00

3.00

3.33

3.00

3.00

3.09

Rivals

3.00

4.00

3.00

3.83

3.50

3.00

3.39

Average

3.10

3.50

3.00

3.58

3.25

3.00

3.24

South Florida

Scout

2.60

3.00

2.67

3.00

2.00

2.25

2.59

Rivals

2.50

3.00

2.67

3.25

2.50

2.75

2.78

Average

2.55

3.00

2.67

3.13

2.25

2.50

2.68

Non-Clemson Average

Scout

3.28

3.25

3.40

3.46

3.20

3.38

3.33

Rivals

3.16

3.75

3.15

3.47

3.34

3.29

3.36

Average

3.22

3.56

3.28

3.47

3.27

3.33

3.35

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Figure 3:  Individual Team Average Player Star Rating per Class

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Figure 4:  Average non-Clemson vs Clemson Recruiting Class Average Player Star Rating 

Clemson was covered up by the SEC schools recruiting linebackers.  The Tigers brought in fewer backers than the average and less highly ranked players.  As we stated here before, a philosophical defensive adjustment for Clemson saw the Tigers dramatically increase priority in linebacker recruiting.  With our current defensive scheme, Clemson needs to get its 3-5 year rolling average around three linebackers per class.

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