Two-Deep Recruiting Comparison: Clemson vs. Auburn 2010

AUBURN AL - SEPTEMBER 18: Quarterback Cameron Newton #2 of the Auburn Tigers rushes upfield in overtime against the Clemson Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 18 2010 in Auburn Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

We wanted to look at how Clemson matched up talent-wise against some of last year's foes.  Today we compare Clemson and Auburn circa September, 2010.  We were able to obtain the two-deep roster posted on Tigernet prior to the Clemson/Auburn matchup for this exercise (special thanks to T-Net for this info).

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".

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 roster.

The data show the teams to be pretty evenly matched based on overall average recruiting star ratings.  Auburn averaged around 0.06 stars per player better than Clemson on the offensive side of the ball while Clemson bettered Auburn by 0.07 stars per player on defense.  Auburn's specialists were, by virtue of a strong Rivals rating, over 0.15 stars per player better than Clemson.  Overall, the Auburn Tigers led Clemson in average talent by a mere 0.01 stars per player.

On paper, and strictly from a Rivals/Scout rating perspective, this contest appeared to be a pretty even matchup in terms of two-deep talent.

Data can be seen below and after the Jump.

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Figure 1:  Average Star Rating per Player (Two-Deep Depth Chart)

Table I:  Average Star Rating Per Player (Two-Deep Depth Chart)

Team

Recruiting Source

Offense

Defense

Specialists

Overall Average

Clemson

Scout

3.46

3.32

3.10

3.34

Rivals

3.50

3.36

3.00

3.36

Average

3.48

3.34

3.05

3.35

Auburn

Scout

3.48

3.27

3.36

3.37

Rivals

3.60

3.27

3.07

3.35

Average

3.54

3.27

3.21

3.36

 

Table II:  Star Ratings per Offensive Player  

Clemson Offense

Auburn Offense

Pos.

#

Player

Hgt

Wgt

Cl.

Scout

Rivals

Pos.

#

Player

Hgt

Wgt

Cl.

Scout

Rivals

LT

61

CHRIS HAIRSTON

6-7

325

*Gr.

2

3

LT

73

LEE ZIEMBA

6-8

319

Sr.

4

4

63

Brandon Thomas

6-4

300

*Fr.

4

4

75

Brandon Mosley

6-6

299

Jr.

3

4

LG

73

DAVID SMITH

6-5

315

*Jr.

3

3

LG

66

MIKE BERRY

6-3

316

Sr.

3

4

62

Mason Cloy

6-3

295

*Jr.

3

3

53

Bart Eddins

6-4

304

Sr.

5

4

C

55

DALTON FREEMAN

6-5

285

*So.

4

4

C

50

RYAN PUGH

6-4

297

Sr.

4

4

78

Ben Ramsey

6-4

280

*Sr.

N/A

N/A

63

Blake Burgess

6-2

278

Fr.

N/A

N/A

RG

74

ANTOINE McCLAIN

6-5

330

Jr.

4

4

RG

57

BYRON ISOM

6-3

291

Sr.

3

3

54

Matt Sanders

6-6

320

*So.

3

3

76

Jorrell Bostrom

6-3

322

Sr.

N/A

N/A

RT

72

LANDON WALKER

6-6

310

*Jr.

4

4

or

79

Jared Cooper

6-4

300

Jr.

2

3

79

Phillip Price

6-5

300

*Jr.

N/A

N/A

RT

77

A.J. GREENE

6-5

291

Jr.

4

3

TE

83

DWAYNE ALLEN

6-4

255

*So.

4

4

71

John Sullen

6-6

312

So.

2

3

82

Drew Traylor

6-5

245

*Jr.

3

2

TE/WR

43

PHILLIP LUTZENKIRCHEN

6-4

258

So.

4

4

84

Darrell Smith

6-3

235

*Fr.

3

2

or

18

KODI BURNS

6-2

207

Sr.

5

4

WR

21

XAVIER DYE

6-5

210

Sr.

3

3

80

Emory Blake

6-1

192

So.

3

4

85

Brandon Clear

6-5

210

*Jr.

3

3

WR

81

TERRELL ZACHERY

6-2

210

Sr.

3

4

6

DeAndre Hopkins

6-1

195

Fr.

4

4

9

Quindarius Carr

6-1

186

Jr.

3

3

QB

11

KYLE PARKER

6-1

200

*So.

4

4

3

DeAngelo Benton

6-2

201

So.

3

4

10

Tajh Boyd

6-1

230

*Fr.

5

4

QB

2

CAMERON NEWTON

6-6

250

Jr.

4

5

RB

23

ANDRE ELLINGTON

5-10

190

*So.

4

4

14

Barrett Trotter

6-2

211

So.

3

3

or

8

JAMIE HARPER

6-0

235

Jr.

5

4

RB

27

MARIO FANNIN

5-11

228

Sr.

4

4

25

Roderick McDowell

5-9

185

*Fr.

3

4

23

Onterio McCalebb

5-10

171

So.

4

4

FB

30

CHAD DIEHL

6-2

265

*Jr.

2

3

5

Michael Dyer

5-9

215

Fr.

5

5

48

Kasey Nobles

6-1

250

*Sr.

N/A

N/A

HB

32

ERIC SMITH

5-10

240

Jr.

3

3

WR

18

JARON BROWN

6-2

200

*So.

3

3

4

Shaun Kitchens

6-3

217

Fr.

3

3

87

Terrance Ashe

6-2

200

*Gr.

N/A

N/A

1

Trovon Reed

6-0

181

Fr.

5

4

80

Brandon Ford

6-4

220

*So.

3

4

WR

89

DARVIN ADAMS

6-3

185

Jr.

3

2

WR

26

MARQUAN JONES

6-0

195

Jr.

3

4

82

Jay Wisner

6-2

190

Sr.

N/A

N/A

7

Bryce McNeal

6-1

180

*Fr.

4

4

87

Derek Winter

6-0

208

Jr.

2

2

 

Table III:  Star Ratings per Defensive Player  

Clemson Defense

Auburn

Pos.

#

Player

Hgt

Wgt

Cl.

Scout

Rivals

Pos.

#

Player

Hgt

Wgt

Cl.

Scout

Rivals

DE

93

Da'QUAN BOWERS

6-4

275

Jr.

5

5

LDE

45

ANTOINE CARTER

6-4

256

Sr.

4

3

97

Malliciah Goodman

6-4

265

So.

4

4

55

Corey Lemonier

6-4

227

Fr.

5

4

NG

98

BRANDON THOMPSON

6-2

310

Jr.

4

4

95

Dee Ford

6-4

240

So.

4

3

or

89

MIGUEL CHAVIS

6-5

285

Sr.

3

3

DT

98

ZACH CLAYTON

6-3

296

Sr.

2

2

DT

99

JARVIS JENKINS

6-4

315

Sr.

4

4

54

Jeffrey Whitaker

6-3

308

Fr.

4

4

94

Rennie Moore

6-4

270

*Jr.

3

3

DT

90

NICK FAIRLEY

6-5

298

Jr.

3

3

BE

40

ANDRE BRANCH

6-5

260

*Jr.

2

2

93

Mike Blanc

6-4

297

Sr.

2

3

90

Kourtnei Brown

6-5

250

*Jr.

4

4

RDE

49

MICHAEL GOGGANS

6-3

261

Sr.

3

4

SLB

34

QUANDON CHRISTIAN

6-3

215

*Fr.

3

3

94

Nosa Eguae

6-2

258

Fr.

2

2

41

Daniel Andrews

5-11

210

Jr.

2

2

13

Craig Sanders

6-4

248

Fr.

4

4

MLB

42

CORICO HAWKINS

5-11

230

So.

3

3

LLB

46

CRAIG STEVENS

6-4

229

Sr.

3

4

33

Spencer Shuey

6-3

250

*Fr.

3

3

21

Eltoro Freeman

5-11

225

Jr.

4

4

WLB

20

BRANDON MAYE

6-2

235

*Jr.

2

3

or

35

Jonathan Evans

5-11

230

So.

3

3

46

Jonathan Willard

6-2

220

*So.

3

4

MLB

17

JOSH BYNES

6-2

235

Sr.

4

4

CB

12

MARCUS GILCHRIST

5-11

190

Sr.

4

4

58

Harris Gaston

6-1

231

Fr.

3

3

29

Xavier Brewer

5-11

190

*So.

4

3

or

5

Jake Holland

6-0

231

Fr.

3

4

SS

2

DeANDRE McDANIEL

6-1

215

Sr.

4

4

RLB

25

DAREN BATES

5-11

203

So.

2

2

5

Jonathan Meeks

6-1

205

So.

4

4

33

Jessel Curry

6-1

214

Fr.

3

3

FS

31

RASHARD HALL

6-2

200

*So.

3

3

38

Jawara White

6-1

243

Fr.

3

3

32

Carlton Lewis

6-3

215

*So.

3

3

LCB

14

DEMOND WASHINGTON

5-9

182

Sr.

5

3

CB

36

BYRON MAXWELL

6-1

205

*Gr.

4

4

22

T'Sharvan Bell

6-0

180

So.

3

4

15

Coty Sensabaugh

6-0

180

*Jr.

2

2

S

4

ZAC ETHERIDGE

6-0

213

Sr.

3

3

16

Ikeem Means

6-0

204

So.

N/A

N/A

S

2

AAIRON SAVAGE

5-11

200

Sr.

N/A

N/A

26

Mike McNeil

6-2

208

Jr.

4

4

RCB

15

NEIKO THORPE

6-2

186

Jr.

3

3

3

Chris Davis

5-10

182

Fr.

3

3

or

6

Jonathan Mincy

5-10

180

Fr.

3

3

 

Table IV:  Star Ratings per "Specialist"

Clemson Specialists

Auburn Specialists

Pos.

#

Player

Hgt

Wgt

Cl.

Scout

Rivals

Pos.

#

Player

Hgt

Wgt

Cl.

Scout

Rivals

PK

39

CHANDLER CATANZARO

6-2

205

*Fr.

N/A

N/A

PK

18

WES BYRUM

6-2

216

Sr.

3

3

13

Spencer Benton

6-2

195

*So.

2

2

36

Cody Parkey

6-0

184

Fr.

4

3

P

96

DAWSON ZIMMERMAN

6-2

205

Jr.

3

2

P

17

RYAN SHOEMAKER

6-0

177

Sr.

2

2

19

Richard Jackson

6-0

195

*Gr.

3

3

30

Steven Clark

6-5

232

Fr.

2

2

KO

13

Spencer Benton

6-2

195

*So.

2

2

KO

18

Wes Byrum

6-2

216

Sr.

3

3

LS

71

Matt Skinner

6-7

230

*So.

2

2

LS

61

Josh Harris

6-1

230

Jr.

N/A

N/A

52

Phillip Fajgenbaum

6-0

225

*Fr.

N/A

N/A

64

Forrest Hill

6-1

238

Fr.

N/A

N/A

H

16

Michael Wade

6-2

210

*Gr.

3

3

H

19

Neil Caudle

6-3

198

Sr.

4

4

14

Donny McElveen

6-2

205

*Fr.

N/A

N/A

15

Clint Moseley

6-3

223

Fr.

2

3

PR

12

Marcus Gilchrist

5-11

190

Sr.

4

4

PR

9

Quindarius Carr

6-1

186

Jr.

3

3

6

DeAndre Hopkins

6-1

195

Fr.

4

4

or

89

Darvin Adams

6-3

185

Jr.

3

2

KOR

12

Marcus Gilchrist

5-11

190

Sr.

4

4

or

1

Trovon Reed

6-0

181

Fr.

5

4

6

DeAndre Hopkins

6-1

195

Fr.

4

4

KOR

14

Demond Washington

5-9

182

Sr.

5

3

&

27

Mario Fannin

5-11

228

Sr.

4

4

23

Onterio McCalebb

5-10

171

So.

4

4

&

15

Neiko Thorpe

6-2

186

Jr.

3

3

 

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