Two Deep Recruiting Comparison: Clemson vs. South Carolina 2010

We continue to examine how Clemson's two-deep roster matched up to opponents from a season ago.  Today we compare the Clemson Tigers and South Carolina Gamecocks just prior to their annual post-Thanksgiving football matchup.  We were able to attain the two-deep roster posted on Tigernet prior to the Clemson/Carolina matchup for this exercise (special thanks to T-Net for this info and STS member RazzMcTazz for running down links to the pregame two-deep for us).

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 two-deep roster.  It does not weigh experience nor does it evaluate coaching, preparation, etc...  We think this is an interesting and valuable tool and useful in overall program evaluation because there is a link between these star ratings and other metrics in both college football and the NFL. Clearly, the results of last season's contest did not mirror the data you see below, so you know there is much more to college football than February's Signing Day.

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 matchup numbers show a Clemson team with overall higher star ratings.  The Tigers averaged 0.40 stars better than its in-state rival offensively, the Gamecocks were slightly better than Clemson on the defensive side (0.01 via mathematical rounding).  Clemson was 0.02 stars per player better on special teams.  Overall, Clemson maintained a 0.15 star average advantage per player over the USC.

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 Service

Offense

Defense

Specialists

Overall Average

Clemson

Scout

3.45

3.36

3.00

3.33

Rivals

3.55

3.45

2.90

3.39

Average

3.50

3.41

2.95

3.36

South Carolina

Scout

3.00

3.36

2.86

3.13

Rivals

3.19

3.48

3.00

3.29

Average

3.10

3.42

2.93

3.21

 

 

Table II:  Star Ratings per Offensive Player

 

Clemson Offense South Carolina Offense
Pos. # Player Hgt Wgt Cl. Scout Rivals Pos. # Player Hgt Wgt Cl. Scout Rivals
LT 61 CHRIS HAIRSTON 6-7 325 *G r. 2 3 LT 68 KYLE NUNN 6-5 304 Jr. 3 3
63 Brandon Thomas 6-4 300 *Fr. 4 4 76 Jarriel King 6-5 324 Sr. 3 4
LG 73 DAVID SMITH 6-5 315 *Jr. 3 3 LG 77 DUANE CHISOLM 6-6 303 Sr. 3 4
62 Mason Cloy 6-3 295 *Jr. 3 3 73 Rokevious Watkins 6-4 325 Jr. 3 2
C 55 DALTON FREEMAN 6-5 285 *So. 4 4 C 55 T.J. JOHNSON 6-4 302 So. 3 3
78 Ben Ramsey 6-4 280 *Sr. N/A N/A 67 Ronald Patrick 6-1 292 Fr. 3 3
RG 74 ANTOINE McCLAIN 6-5 330 Jr. 4 4 RG 73 ROKEVIOUS WATKINS 6-4 325 Jr. 3 2
54 Matt Sanders 6-6 320 *So. 3 3 60 Terrence Campbell 6-3 305 Jr. 2 3
RT 72 LANDON WALKER 6-6 310 *Jr. 4 4 RT 66 HUTCH ECKERSON 6-4 281 Sr. 3 4
79 Phillip Price 6-5 300 *Jr. N/A N/A 68 Kyle Nunn 6-5 304 Jr. 3 3
TE 83 DWAYNE ALLEN 6-4 255 *So. 4 4 TE 47 PATRICK DiMARCO 6-1 243 Sr. 2 2
80 Brandon Ford 6-4 220 *So. 3 4 87 Justice Cunningham 6-3 268 So. 2 2
82 Drew Traylor 6-5 245 *Jr. 3 2 89 MikeTriglia 6-4 239 So. 2 2
WR 6 DeANDRE HOPKINS 6-1 195 Fr. 4 4 WR 1 ALSHON JEFFERY 6-4 233 So. 4 4
85 Brandon Clear 6-5 210 *Jr. 3 3 8 Lamar Scruggs 6-3 227 Fr. 3 4
QB 11 KYLE PARKER 6-1 200 *So. 4 4 QB 5 STEPHEN GARCIA 6-2 227 Jr. 4 4
10 Tajh Boyd 6-1 230 *Fr. 5 4 14 Connor Shaw 6-1 202 Fr. 3 3
RB 8 JAMIE HARPER 6-0 235 Jr. 5 4 TB 21 MARCUS LATTIMORE 6-0 218 Fr. 5 5
25 Roderick McDowell 5-9 185 *Fr. 3 4 10 Brian Maddox 5-11 229 Sr. 4 4
FB 30 CHAD DIEHL 6-2 265 *Jr. 2 3 31 Kenny Miles 5-10 192 So. 3 3
48 Kasey Nobles 6-1 250 *Sr. N/A N/A FB 47 PATRICK DiMARCO 6-1 243 Sr. 2 2
WR 18 JARON BROWN 6-2 200 *So. 3 3 10 Brian Maddox 5-11 229 Sr. 4 4
21 Xavier Dye 6-5 210 Sr. 3 3 WR 81 TORI GURLEY 6-5 230 So. NR NR
WR 26 MARQUAN JONES 6-0 195 Jr. 3 4 9 Ace Sanders 5-7 166 Fr. 3 4
7 Bryce McNeal 6-1 180 *Fr. 4 4 80 DeMario Bennett 6-2 174 Fr. 2 2
WR 82 D.L. MOORE 6-4 211 So. 3 3
4 Jason Barnes 6-4 211 Jr. 3 4

 

Table III:  Star Ratings per Defensive Player

 

Clemson Defense South Carolina Defense
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 DE 98 DEVIN TAYLOR 6-7 249 So. 2 3
97 Malliciah Goodman 6-4 265 So. 4 4 92 Byron McKnight 6-5 235 Jr. 2 2
NG 98 BRANDON THOMPSON 6-2 310 Jr. 4 4 DT 42 TRAVIAN ROBERTSON 6-4 293 Jr. 4 4
89 Miguel Chavis 6-5 285 Sr. 3 3 52 Aldrick Fordham 6-4 263 So. 3 3
DT 99 JARVIS JENKINS 6-4 315 Sr. 4 4 DT 91 LADI AJIBOYE 6-1 290 Sr. 3 4
94 Rennie Moore 6-4 270 *Jr. 3 3 94 Kenny Davis 6-3 303 So. 3 3
BE 40 ANDRE BRANCH 6-5 260 *Jr. 2 2 or 70 Byron Jerideau 6-0 339 So. NR 2
90 Kourtnei Brown 6-5 250 *Jr. 4 4 DE 83 CLIFF MATTHEWS 6-4 268 Sr. 5 4
SLB 34 QUANDON CHRISTIAN 6-3 215 *Fr. 3 3 6 Melvin Ingram 6-2 264 Jr. 3 4
8 Justin Parker 6-1 225 Fr. 3 4 90 Chaz Sutton 6-4 244 Fr. 3 4
MLB 42 CORICO HAWKINS 5-11 230 So. 3 3 MLB 41 JOSH DICKERSON 6-1 225 Sr. 3 4
33 Spencer Shuey 6-3 250 *Fr. 3 3 45 Rodney Paulk 6-0 225 Jr. 3 3
WLB 46 JONATHAN WILLARD 6-2 220 *So. 3 4 WLB 44 TONY STRAUGHTER 6-0 201 Sr. 3 4
20 Brandon Maye 6-2 235 *Jr. 2 3 24 Quin Smith 6-0 233 So. 3 3
CB 12 MARCUS GILCHRIST 5-11 190 Sr. 4 4 SPUR 26 ANTONIO ALLEN 6-2 205 Jr. 3 3
15 Coty Sensabaugh 6-0 180 *Jr. 2 2 33 Damario Jeffery 6-3 220 So. 4 4
SS 2 DeANDRE McDANIEL 6-1 215 Sr. 4 4 CB 5 STEPHON GILMORE 6-1 189 So. 5 4
32 Carlton Lewis 6-3 215 *So. 3 3 3 Akeem Auguste 5-10 191 Jr. 4 4
FS 31 RASHARD HALL 6-2 200 *So. 3 3 SS 36 D.J. SWEARINGER 5-11 201 So. 3 3
5 Jonathan Meeks 6-1 205 So. 4 4 21 DeVonte Holloman 6-2 228 So. 4 4
CB 29 XAVIER BREWER 5-11 190 *So. 4 3 FS 3 AKEEM AUGUSTE 5-10 191 Jr. 4 4
36 Byron Maxwell 6-1 205 *Gr. 4 4 36 D.J. Swearinger 5-11 201 So. 3 3
CB 39 MARTY MARKETT 5-10 168 Jr. N/A N/A
12 C.C. Whitlock 5-10 178 Jr. 4 4

 

Table IV:  Star Ratings per "Specialist"

 

Clemson Specialists South Carolina 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 34 SPENCER LANNING 5-11 192 Sr. N/A N/A
19 Richard Jackson 6-0 195 *Gr. 3 3 18 Jay Wooten 6-3 198 Jr. 2 2
P 96 DAWSON ZIMMERMAN 6-2 205 Jr. 3 2 P 34 SPENCER LANNING 5-11 192 Sr. N/A N/A
19 Richard Jackson 6-0 195 *Gr. 3 3 18 Jay Wooten 6-3 198 Jr. 2 2
KO 13 Spencer Benton 6-2 195 *So. 2 2 KO 18 Jay Wooten 6-3 198 Jr. 2 2
LS (PK) 52 Phillip Fajgenbaum 6-0 225 *Fr. N/A N/A 46 Joey Scribner-Howard 6-1 207 Jr. N/A N/A
71 Matt Skinner 6-7 230 *So. 2 2 LS 59 Charles Turner 6-4 250 Sr. N/A N/A
LS (P) 71 Matt Skinner 6-7 230 *So. 2 2 51 Walker Inabinet 5-9 194 So. N/A N/A
52 Phillip Fajgenbaum 6-0 225 *Fr. N/A N/A H 11 Seth Strickland 6-2 191 So. N/A N/A
H 16 Michael Wade 6-2 210 *Gr. 3 3 9 Ace Sanders 5-7 166 Fr. 3 4
14 Donny McElveen 6-2 205 *Fr. N/A N/A PR 9 Ace Sanders 5-7 166 Fr. 3 4
PR 12 Marcus Gilchrist 5-11 190 Sr. 4 4 5 Stephon Gilmore 6-1 189 So. 5 4
6 DeAndre Hopkins 6-1 195 Fr. 4 4 KOR 22 Bryce Sherman 5-4 155 So. N/A N/A
KOR 12 Marcus Gilchrist 5-11 190 Sr. 4 4 36 D.J. Swearinger 5-11 201 So. 3 3
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