Defensive Line Recruiting Analysis: Clemson vs ACC Atlantic 2006-Present

Today, we compare Clemson's defensive line recruiting endeavors to ACC Atlantic foes.  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 defensive line class size since 2006.  Clemson (at 3.83 players per class) recruited fewer defensive linemen than NC State (5.33 players per class) and Florida State (5.17 players per class).  The Tigers recruited more players than Maryland, Wake, and Boston College.  Overall, the average ACC Atlantic football program brought in 0.17 lineman (4.00 per class) more than Clemson did from 2006-present.

Notable items in this category are FSU's '11 class (8 defensive linemen), Clemson's seven total linemen in '07, and NC State's nine recruits in the 2009 class.  Clemson brought in four and five linemen over the past two seasons, respectively.

Table I:  Recruiting Class Size

Class Size

Team

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

AVERAGE

Clemson

3

7

2

2

4

5

3.83

Boston College

5

1

5

4

1

3

3.17

Florida State

6

2

6

3

6

8

5.17

Maryland

2

3

3

5

6

3

3.67

North Carolina State

2

6

5

9

6

4

5.33

Wake Forest

2

4

2

5

1

2

2.67

ACC Atlantic Average

3.4

3.2

4.2

5.2

4

4

4.00

 

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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 (3.63 stars/player) led the division in average star-rating.  Florida State had a nice group at 3.59 stars per player over the past six classes. Overall, Clemson was 0.63 stars per player better than the ACC Atlantic average.  The next closest team was Maryland at 3.18 stars per player.

Overall, there were 23 players signed by ACC Atlantic schools who graded out at four stars or greater by BOTH Rivals and Scout.  We are providing a list of these linemen in Table III below.  Clemson accounted for ten of these signings.  You notice that Corey Crawford is listed in both the '10 and '11 classes, so the CU signings only include nine actual players.  FSU brought in 11 players on the list and Maryland two.

Table II:  ACC Atlantic Team Average Player Star Rating

Average Star Rating (per player)

Team

Service

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

AVERAGE

Clemson

Scout

4.00

3.14

4.50

3.50

3.25

3.20

3.60

Rivals

4.00

3.00

4.50

3.50

3.75

3.20

3.66

Average

4.00

3.07

4.50

3.50

3.50

3.20

3.63

Boston College

Scout

2.80

3.00

2.80

2.25

3.00

3.00

2.81

Rivals

3.00

4.00

2.80

2.50

3.00

3.33

3.11

Average

2.90

3.50

2.80

2.38

3.00

3.17

2.96

Florida State

Scout

3.17

3.50

3.17

4.33

3.33

3.75

3.54

Rivals

3.67

3.50

3.50

4.33

3.17

3.63

3.63

Average

3.42

3.50

3.33

4.33

3.25

3.69

3.59

Maryland

Scout

4.50

2.33

2.67

3.20

2.67

3.00

3.06

Rivals

4.00

3.00

3.00

3.40

3.00

3.33

3.29

Average

4.25

2.67

2.83

3.30

2.83

3.17

3.18

North Carolina State

Scout

3.00

2.33

3.00

2.44

2.67

2.50

2.66

Rivals

3.00

2.83

3.00

2.78

2.67

2.75

2.84

Average

3.00

2.58

3.00

2.61

2.67

2.63

2.75

Wake Forest

Scout

2.00

2.25

2.50

2.60

3.00

2.50

2.48

Rivals

2.50

2.50

2.50

2.60

3.00

2.50

2.60

Average

2.25

2.38

2.50

2.60

3.00

2.50

2.54

ACC Atlantic Average

Scout

3.09

2.68

2.83

2.97

2.93

2.95

2.91

Rivals

3.23

3.17

2.96

3.12

2.97

3.11

3.09

Average

3.16

2.93

2.89

3.04

2.95

3.03

3.00

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Figure 3:  ACC Atlantic Schools' Recruiting Average Player Star Rating

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Figure 4:  Average ACC Atlantic vs Clemson Recruiting Class Average Player Star Rating 

Table III:  ACC Atlantic Four Star Players (for BOTH Rivals and Scout)

Player

Class

Scout

Rivals

Hometown

HT/WT/40

College

Position

Recruiting Class

Jamie Cumbie

2006

4

4

Morris, IL

6-6/255/4.70

Clemson

DE

2006

Ricky Sapp

2006

5

5

Bamberg, SC

6-5/225/4.70

Clemson

DE

2006

Kourtnei Brown

2007

4

4

Charlotte, NC

6-5/225/4.60

Clemson

DE

2007

Jarvis Jenkins

2007

4

4

Central, SC

6-5/284/4.90

Clemson

DT

2007

Da'Quan Bowers

2008

5

5

Bamberg, SC

6-5/265/4.80

Clemson

DE

2008

Brandon Thompson

2008

4

4

Thomasville, GA

6-2/294/4.84

Clemson

DT

2008

Malliciah Goodman

2009

4

4

Florence, SC

6-3.5/252/4.55

Clemson

DE

2009

Corey Crawford

2010

4

4

Columbus, GA

6-6/250/4.75

Clemson

DE

2010

Josh Watson

2010

4

4

Chatham, VA

6-4/253

Clemson

DT

2010

Corey Crawford

2011

4

4

Columbus, GA

6-6/250/4.75

Clemson

DE

2011

Paul Griffin

2006

4

4

El Dorado, KS

6-1/285

Florida State

DT

2006

Justin Mincey

2006

4

4

Chatham, VA

6-5/240

Florida State

DE

2006

Moses McCray

2008

4

4

Tampa, FL

6-4/275/4.80

Florida State

DT

2008

Markus White

2008

4

5

El Dorado, KS

6-4/248/4.70

Florida State

DE

2008

Brandon Jenkins

2009

4

4

Tallahassee, FL

6-3.5/235

Florida State

DE

2009

Demonte McAllister

2009

4

4

Tampa, FL

6-3/265

Florida State

DT

2009

Jacobbi McDaniel

2009

5

5

Madison, FL

6-1/280/4.70

Florida State

DT

2009

Darious Cummings

2010

4

4

Titusville, FL

6-2/245

Florida State

DT

2010

Cornellius Carradine

2011

5

4

El Dorado, KS

6-5/245

Florida State

DE

2011

Tim Jernigan

2011

5

4

Lake City, FL

6-2/275/5.00

Florida State

DT

2011

Giorgio Newberry

2011

4

4

Fort Pierce, FL

6-6/250/4.90

Florida State

DE

2011

Melvin Alaeze

2006

5

5

Chatham, VA

6-3/280

Maryland

DT

2006

DeOnte Arnett

2009

4

4

Forestville, MD

6-4/235/4.80

Maryland

DE

2009

Clemson is below the ACC Atlantic average in terms of defensive linemen signed over the past six years.  CU was dwarfed by both NC State and FSU in this category, as each recruited over a lineman and a quarter more than the Tigers on average.  We'll note that NC State's 2.75 stars per player is well below CU's average.  Clemson lead the division in stars per player, and I think we can all agree that the quality on the defensive line front was excellent over this time period and only rivaled in-division by Florida State.  We would like to see Clemson get another quality lineman per class in to better compete with the ‘Noles.  Otherwise, we look good in this aspect of our recruiting strategy.

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