TE/FB Recruiting Analysis: Clemson vs. ACC Coastal 2006 to Present

Today, we compare Clemson's FB/TE recruiting endeavors to ACC Coastal 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.

Like we discussed in the ACC Atlantic article, the decision to lump together FB/TE recruiting was for various reasons, including the commonalities between the two positions.  We had to make a decision, and the decision was to separate tackles, guards, and centers from the TE's and halfbacks from the fullbacks.  Because these two positions share blocking responsibilities as well as roles at the H-back position, they were lumped together.

Table I and Figure 1 (below) both illustrate Clemson's ranking based on defensive line class size since 2006.  Clemson (at 1.33 players per class) was second to last in this category.  North Carolina led the Coastal with 2 FB's/TE's signed per class while, surprisingly, Ga Tech averaged well less than one player per class since 2006.   Overall, Clemson was below the ACC Coastal average of 1.57 players per class.

Table I:  Recruiting Class Size

Class Size

Team

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

AVERAGE

Clemson

1

2

1

2

1

1

1.33

Duke

2

2

2

2

2

1

1.83

Georgia Tech

1

0

1

1

0

2

0.83

Miami (Fl)

1

0

2

2

4

0

1.50

North Carolina

3

2

2

1

2

2

2.00

Virginia

3

2

2

2

1

0

1.67

Virginia Tech

1

3

1

2

0

3

1.67

ACC Coastal Average

2

1.2

1.8

1.6

1.8

1

1.57

 

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igure 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 (2.2.92 stars/player) finished behind only UNC (averaging just over three stars per player) in this category.  You'll notice that Clemson's 2008 and 2011 classes each averaged four stars per player per class thanks to Dwayne Allen and Eric MacLain.  Clemson finished above the ACC Coastal average of 2.77 stars per player since 2006.

We show all special teams players signed by Clemson and Coastal division teams in Table III

Table II:  ACC Coastal Team Average Player Star Rating

Average Star Rating (per player)

Team

Service

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

AVERAGE

Clemson

Scout

2.00

2.50

4.00

3.00

2.00

4.00

2.92

Rivals

2.00

3.00

4.00

2.50

2.00

4.00

2.92

Average

2.00

2.75

4.00

2.75

2.00

4.00

2.92

Duke

Scout

2.50

2.50

2.00

2.50

2.00

3.00

2.42

Rivals

3.00

2.50

2.50

2.50

2.00

3.00

2.58

Average

2.75

2.50

2.25

2.50

2.00

3.00

2.50

Georgia Tech

Scout

3.00

NA

3.00

3.00

NA

2.00

2.75

Rivals

2.00

NA

3.00

3.00

NA

2.50

2.63

Average

2.50

NA

3.00

3.00

NA

2.25

2.69

Miami (Fl)

Scout

4.00

NA

2.50

3.00

2.75

NA

3.06

Rivals

4.00

NA

2.00

2.50

2.75

NA

2.81

Average

4.00

NA

2.25

2.75

2.75

NA

2.94

North Carolina

Scout

2.67

3.50

3.00

NA

3.00

3.00

3.03

Rivals

3.00

3.00

3.00

3.00

3.00

3.00

3.00

Average

2.83

3.25

3.00

3.00

3.00

3.00

3.02

Virginia

Scout

2.67

3.00

2.00

3.00

3.00

NA

2.73

Rivals

3.33

3.00

2.00

3.00

3.00

NA

2.87

Average

3.00

3.00

2.00

3.00

3.00

NA

2.80

Virginia Tech

Scout

2.00

2.50

2.00

3.50

NA

3.00

2.60

Rivals

3.00

2.67

2.00

3.50

NA

2.67

2.77

Average

2.50

2.58

2.00

3.50

NA

2.83

2.68

ACC Coastal Average

Scout

2.81

2.88

2.42

3.00

2.69

2.75

2.76

Rivals

3.06

2.79

2.42

2.92

2.69

2.79

2.78

Average

2.93

2.83

2.42

2.96

2.69

2.77

2.77

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

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

Table III:  ACC Coastal Special Teams Signees (2006 to Present)

Player

Class

Scout

Rivals

High School

Hometown

HT/WT/40

College

Position

Michael Palmer

2006

2

2

Parkview HS

Lilburn, GA

6-4.5/225/4.90

Clemson

TE

Chad Diehl

2007

2

3

James F Byrnes HS

Duncan, SC

6-2/235

Clemson

FB

Brian Linthicum

2007

3

3

St. Anne's-Belfield School

Charlottesville, VA

6-5/230/4.80

Clemson

TE

Dwayne Allen

2008

4

4

Terry Sanford HS

Fayetteville, NC

6-3/217/4.70

Clemson

TE

Tyler Shatley

2009

3

3

East Burke HS

Icard, NC

6-3/251/4.75

Clemson

FB

Darrell Smith

2009

3

2

Gadsden City HS

Gadsden, AL

6-2/218

Clemson

TE

Sam Cooper

2010

2

2

Ensworth HS

Nashville, TN

6-4.5/230/4.78

Clemson

TE

Eric MacLain

2011

4

4

Jack Britt

Fayetteville, NC

6-5/246/5.20

Clemson

TE

Austin Barrick

2006

3

2

Moody HS

Moody, AL

6-3/235

Georgia Tech

TE

Richard Watson

2008

3

3

Florida A & M University HS

Tallahassee, FL

6-1/220/4.55

Georgia Tech

FB

Daniel Drummond

2009

3

3

Flowery Branch HS

Flowery Branch, GA

6-3/230/4.60

Georgia Tech

FB

Zach Laskey

2011

2

2

Starrs Mill HS

Fayetteville, GA

6-2.5/205/4.54

Georgia Tech

FB

Tyler Marcordes

2011

2

3

Normal Community West HS

Normal, IL

6-4/225/4.70

Georgia Tech

TE

Dedrick Epps

2006

4

4

Huguenot HS

Richmond, VA

6-4/227

Miami (Fl)

TE

John Calhoun

2008

2

2

Sebastian River HS

Sebastian, FL

6-2/230/4.78

Miami (Fl)

FB

Patrick Hill

2008

3

2

El Camino

Torrance, CA

5-11/245

Miami (Fl)

FB

Stephen Plein

2009

3

2

Fort Myers HS

Fort Myers, FL

6-6/235/4.80

Miami (Fl)

TE

Billy Sanders

2009

3

3

Lake City HS

Coeur d'Alene, ID

6-4/235/4.71

Miami (Fl)

TE

Asante Cleveland

2010

3

2

Christian Brothers HS

Sacramento, CA

6-5/235/4.70

Miami (Fl)

TE

Chase Ford

2010

2

3

Kilgore

Kilgore, TX

6-6/245/4.50

Miami (Fl)

TE

Maurice Hagens

2010

3

3

Tampa Bay Technical HS

Tampa, FL

6-1/225/4.80

Miami (Fl)

FB

Clive Walford

2010

3

3

Glades Central HS

Belle Glade, FL

6-6/225

Miami (Fl)

TE

Ed Barham

2006

2

2

Surry County HS

Dendron, VA

6-3/225

North Carolina

TE

Vince Jacobs

2006

3

4

Providence Day School

Charlotte, NC

6-7/218/4.65

North Carolina

TE

Ryan Taylor

2006

3

3

Mount Tabor HS

Winston Salem, NC

6-4/210/4.65

North Carolina

TE

Zack Pianalto

2007

4

3

Springdale HS

Springdale, AR

6-4/212/4.70

North Carolina

TE

Devon Ramsay

2007

3

3

Lawrenceville Prep

Lawrenceville, NJ

6-2/242/4.60

North Carolina

FB

Randy White

2008

2

2

Virginia HS

Bristol, VA

6-5/230

North Carolina

TE

Christian Wilson

2008

4

4

Montour HS

Mc Kees Rocks, PA

6-2.5/235/4.60

North Carolina

TE

Prizell Brown

2009

NA

3

Blinn C.C.

Brenham, TX

6-4/258/4.7

North Carolina

TE

Quinton Alton

2010

3

3

Hillcrest HS

Memphis, TN

6-6/240/4.90

North Carolina

TE

Sean Fitzpatrick

2010

3

3

Pittsford-Mendon HS

Pittsford, NY

6-5.5/230/4.68

North Carolina

TE

Eric Ebron

2011

3

3

Ben L Smith HS

Greensboro, NC

6-4.5/216/4.75

North Carolina

TE

Jack Tabb

2011

3

3

Red Bank Catholic HS

Red Bank, NJ

6-4/235

North Carolina

TE

Andre Smith

2006

2

3

Seneca Valley HS

Germantown, MD

6-4/240

Virginia Tech

TE

Brandon Barden

2007

NA

3

Lincoln County

Lincolnton, GA

6-5/211/4.6

Virginia Tech

TE

Chris Drager

2007

3

3

Thomas Jefferson HS

Clairton, PA

6-4/230/4.80

Virginia Tech

TE

Andrew Lanier

2007

2

2

Dorman HS

Spartanburg, SC

6-5/230

Virginia Tech

TE

Eric Martin

2008

2

2

C. D. Hylton HS

Woodbridge, VA

6-2/236/4.80

Virginia Tech

TE

Tyrell Edwards

2009

2

3

Marlboro County HS

Bennettsville, SC

6-3/210/4.91

Virginia Tech

TE

Logan Thomas

2009

5

4

Brookville HS

Lynchburg, VA

6-6/219/4.68

Virginia Tech

TE

Ryan Malleck

2011

3

3

Point Pleasant HS

Point Pleasant, NJ

6-5/235/4.61

Virginia Tech

TE

Darius Redman

2011

3

2

Woodson HS

Washington, DC

6-4/235/4.80

Virginia Tech

TE

Christian Reeves

2011

3

3

Eagles Landing Christian Academy

McDonough, GA

6-3/194

Virginia Tech

TE

William Ball

2006

2

3

Westlake HS

Austin, TX

6-3/206/4.85

Duke

TE

Brett Huffman

2006

3

3

Washington HS

Massillon, OH

6-5/230/4.50

Duke

TE

Danny Parker

2007

3

3

Our Lady Good Counsel HS

Olney, MD

6-5/225/4.60

Duke

TE

Garrett Utt

2007

2

2

Hargrave Military Academy

Chatham, VA

6-5/225/4.85

Duke

TE

Jackson Anderson

2008

2

2

Frisco HS

Frisco, TX

6-5/235/4.70

Duke

TE

Kenny Anunike

2008

2

3

Olentangy HS

Lewis Center, OH

6-5/220

Duke

TE

John Farrell

2009

2

2

Holy Innocents Episcopal School

Atlanta, GA

6-3/220/4.60

Duke

TE

Ryan Hall

2009

3

3

Olympia HS

Orlando, FL

6-4/235/4.80

Duke

TE

Cooper Helfet

2010

2

2

Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa, CA

6-4/235

Duke

TE

Nick Sink

2010

2

2

Forsyth Country Day School

Lewisville, NC

6-5/235/4.70

Duke

TE

David Reeves

2011

3

3

Greensboro Public West School

Greensboro, AL

6-5/246

Duke

TE

Sean Gottschalk

2006

3

4

Deep Run HS

Glen Allen, VA

6-5/252/4.85

Virginia

TE

Jack Shields

2006

2

2

Boston College HS

Boston, MA

6-5/245/4.65

Virginia

TE

Joe Torchia

2006

3

4

Queen Of Peace HS

North Arlington, NJ

6-5/232/4.80

Virginia

TE

Mark Ambrose

2007

2

3

Mount Carmel Area JSHS

Mount Carmel, PA

6-6/230/4.70

Virginia

TE

Andrew Devlin

2007

4

3

Mt. Lebanon SHS

Pittsburgh, PA

6-6/250/4.90

Virginia

TE

Colter Phillips

2008

2

2

Georgetown Preparatory School

North Bethesda, MD

6-6/235/4.80

Virginia

TE

Rod Wheeler

2008

2

2

Highland Springs HS

Highland Springs, VA

6-3/240/4.70

Virginia

TE

Paul Freedman

2009

3

3

Central Catholic HS

Clearwater, FL

6-5.5/224/4.87

Virginia

TE

Justin Renfrow

2009

3

3

William Penn Charter School

Philadelphia, PA

6-6/263/4.80

Virginia

TE

Zach Swanson

2010

3

3

Katy HS

Katy, TX

6-6/230/4.75

Virginia

TE

 
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