Defensive Line Recruiting Analysis: Clemson vs non-ACC 2006 to Present

Today, we compare Clemson's defensive line recruiting to non-ACC teams.  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) was well behind the rest of the field.  Auburn, Alabama, and South Florida each averaged six or more DL signees per class.  The closest team to Clemson in this category was the Georgia Bulldogs at 4.50 players per class.

Notables:  South Florida recruited eight or more linemen in three of the six classes.  Bama brought in six or more in each of its past five classes, and Auburn did not have a class in this sample with fewer than five DL signees.  It is clear that Clemson needs to bring in another lineman at minimal to keep up with the schools listed in this article.

Table I:  Recruiting Class Size

Class Size

Team

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

AVERAGE

Clemson

3

7

2

2

4

5

3.83

Alabama

1

8

9

6

6

6

6.00

Auburn

7

7

6

5

6

5

6.00

Georgia

5

4

4

4

6

4

4.50

LSU

4

5

3

6

6

4

4.67

South Carolina

5

7

4

5

3

8

5.33

South Florida

9

9

5

8

3

3

6.17

Non-Clemson Average

4.4

6.2

5.2

5.2

5.4

5.4

5.30

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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) was behind Georgia (3.75) and LSU (3.87) in terms of stars per player signed.  Clemson was slightly better than Bama (4.35 stars per player) and over three tenths of a star better than Auburn.  Clemson beat the average by nearly a quarter star per player, as the non-ACC star average was 3.40 stars per player.

Overall, there were 81 players signed by schools in this sample who graded out at four stars or greater by BOTH Rivals and Scout.  We did not have enough space to list all these players, but are providing a graph that shows the numbers per team of these four star or better players.  LSU brought in 19 such players, Alabama 16, Georgia 13 over this time period.  Clemson and Auburn both had ten players signed and the Gamecocks brought in nine four star defensive linemen.

Table II:  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

Alabama

Scout

3.00

3.13

3.67

3.33

3.20

3.83

3.36

Rivals

3.00

3.50

3.78

3.67

3.33

4.00

3.55

Average

3.00

3.31

3.72

3.50

3.27

3.92

3.45

Auburn

Scout

3.57

3.00

3.33

3.00

3.67

3.40

3.33

Rivals

3.57

2.86

3.60

2.80

3.83

3.20

3.31

Average

3.57

2.93

3.47

2.90

3.75

3.30

3.32

Georgia

Scout

3.60

3.25

4.00

3.75

3.67

3.75

3.67

Rivals

3.40

4.00

3.75

3.75

3.83

4.25

3.83

Average

3.50

3.63

3.88

3.75

3.75

4.00

3.75

LSU

Scout

3.75

4.00

3.67

4.00

3.50

4.25

3.86

Rivals

3.75

4.00

3.67

4.00

3.80

4.00

3.87

Average

3.75

4.00

3.67

4.00

3.65

4.13

3.87

South Carolina

Scout

2.80

3.57

2.75

3.20

3.00

3.25

3.10

Rivals

3.20

3.43

3.50

3.40

2.67

3.50

3.28

Average

3.00

3.50

3.13

3.30

2.83

3.38

3.19

South Florida

Scout

2.63

2.33

3.00

3.25

3.33

2.33

2.81

Rivals

2.44

2.22

3.00

3.14

3.33

3.00

2.86

Average

2.53

2.28

3.00

3.20

3.33

2.67

2.83

Non-Clemson Average

Scout

3.22

3.21

3.40

3.42

3.39

3.47

3.35

Rivals

3.23

3.33

3.55

3.46

3.47

3.66

3.45

Average

3.23

3.27

3.48

3.44

3.43

3.56

3.40

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Figure 3:  Schools' Recruiting Average Player Star Rating

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

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Figure 5:  Number of Four Star (Rivals and Scout) Signed per School 

Clemson again brought in quality talent when compared to its non-ACC foes.  The issue we see here is the quantity.  For example, Clemson's star average was better than Alabama's yet Bama brought in 60% more unanimous four star (or better) linemen than the Tigers.  Clemson trailed all schools in this survey in linemen signed, trailing the average by nearly a lineman and a half.

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