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

Today, we compare Clemson's FB/TE 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.

This analysis is, like the special teams one, unique.  I was not sure how to categorize both the TE's and the FB's.  Both groups of players are unique from their offensive line and tailback brethren that they are with whom they are traditionally grouped.  We wanted to single the guards, centers, and tackles in the OL analysis and the tailbacks in the running back section.  Further, both the FB's and TE's often lineup in the H-back spot, are featured lead blockers, and have pass catching abilities.  Also, members of each of these positions often play the other.  While this may not be the best classification, I had to make some decisions and these are the reasons for putting these guys in this category.

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 better than only UGa (1.17 ppc).  LSU and Auburn both averaged two players per class.  The other SEC schools tied Clemson and S Florida scored one and a half players per class.  Clemson trailed the overall average by nearly a quarter player a 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

Alabama

1

2

0

1

3

1

1.33

Auburn

1

3

3

1

2

2

2.00

Georgia

1

2

1

2

0

1

1.17

LSU

1

4

3

1

3

0

2.00

South Carolina

0

3

1

0

1

3

1.33

South Florida

1

3

2

2

0

1

1.50

Non-Clemson Average

0.8

2.8

1.6

1

1.8

1.4

1.57

 

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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 (2.92 stars/player) trailed all teams in this group sans South Carolina and South Florida.  Clemson was 0.15 stars per player worse than the field average overall, as shown in Figure 4.  Georgia was the class of the group at 3.65 stars per player.

Again, we have made the effort to list all the TE/FB's signed by these teams since 2006.

Table II:  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

Alabama

Scout

4.00

3.00

NA

3.00

3.33

3.00

3.27

Rivals

3.00

2.50

NA

3.00

3.67

4.00

3.23

Average

3.50

2.75

NA

3.00

3.50

3.50

3.25

Auburn

Scout

3.00

2.67

2.33

4.00

3.00

4.00

3.17

Rivals

4.00

3.33

2.67

4.00

3.50

3.50

3.50

Average

3.50

3.00

2.50

4.00

3.25

3.75

3.33

Georgia

Scout

4.00

3.50

3.00

4.50

NA

4.00

3.80

Rivals

4.00

3.50

2.00

4.00

NA

4.00

3.50

Average

4.00

3.50

2.50

4.25

NA

4.00

3.65

LSU

Scout

4.00

4.00

3.33

3.00

3.33

NA

3.53

Rivals

4.00

3.50

3.00

3.00

3.00

NA

3.30

Average

4.00

3.75

3.17

3.00

3.17

NA

3.42

South Carolina

Scout

NA

3.00

2.00

NA

2.00

3.00

2.50

Rivals

NA

3.00

2.00

NA

2.00

3.00

2.50

Average

NA

3.00

2.00

NA

2.00

3.00

2.50

South Florida

Scout

2.00

2.67

2.50

2.00

NA

2.00

2.23

Rivals

2.00

2.00

2.00

2.00

NA

2.00

2.00

Average

2.00

2.33

2.25

2.00

NA

2.00

2.12

Non-Clemson Average

Scout

3.40

3.14

2.63

3.30

2.92

3.20

3.10

Rivals

3.40

2.97

2.33

3.20

3.04

3.30

3.04

Average

3.40

3.06

2.48

3.25

2.98

3.25

3.07

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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 

Table III:  Specialists Signed by Clemson/non-ACC Schools

Player

Class

Scout

Rivals

High School

Hometown

HT/WT/40

College

Position

Preston Dial

2006

4

3

UMS Wright Preparatory

Mobile, AL

6-4/242/4.75

Alabama

TE

Jeramie Griffin

2007

4

3

South Panola HS

Batesville, MS

6-1/220/4.60

Alabama

FB

Chris Underwood

2007

2

2

Vestavia Hills HS

Birmingham, AL

6-4/215

Alabama

TE

Mike Marrow

2009

3

3

Central Catholic HS

Toledo, OH

6-1/235/4.85

Alabama

FB

Jalston Fowler

2010

4

4

C F Vigor HS

Prichard, AL

6-0/245/4.65

Alabama

FB

Harrison Jones

2010

3

3

Evangelical Christian School

Cordova, TN

6-4/225

Alabama

TE

Brian Vogler

2010

3

4

Brookstone School

Columbus, GA

6-7.5/246/4.65

Alabama

TE

Malcolm Faciane

2011

3

4

Picayune Memorial HS

Picayune, MS

6-6/263/4.61

Alabama

TE

Michael Goggans

2006

3

4

Benjamin Russell HS

Alexander City, AL

6-3/260/4.63

Auburn

TE

John Douglas

2007

2

3

Aquinas HS

Augusta, GA

6-2/227/4.78

Auburn

FB

Brent Slusher

2007

3

3

Bell Co HS

Pineville, KY

6-3/219

Auburn

TE

Bailey Woods

2007

3

4

Walton HS

Marietta, GA

6-4.5/236/4.60

Auburn

TE

Kendrick Adams

2008

2

3

Enterprise HS

Enterprise, AL

6-5/215

Auburn

TE

Dax Dellenbach

2008

2

2

North Broward Prep

Coconut Creek, FL

6-1/210

Auburn

TE

Vance Smith

2008

3

3

Pace HS

Pace, FL

6-4/240

Auburn

TE

Philip Lutzenkirchen

2009

4

4

Lassiter HS

Marietta, GA

6-4/240/4.75

Auburn

TE

Brandon Mosley

2010

3

4

Coffeyville

Coffeyville, KS

6-6/270/4.90

Auburn

TE

Dakota Mosley

2010

3

3

Little Rock Academy

Little Rock, AR

6-5/255

Auburn

TE

Brandon Fulse

2011

4

4

Fort Meade HS

Fort Meade, FL

6-5/245/4.80

Auburn

TE

C.J. Uzomah

2011

4

3

North Gwinnett HS

Suwanee, GA

6-5/235/4.75

Auburn

TE

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

Na Derris Ward

2006

4

4

McClymonds Senior HS

Oakland, CA

6-5/245/4.80

Georgia

TE

Bruce Figgins

2007

3

3

Shaw HS

Columbus, GA

6-3/240/5.09

Georgia

TE

Aron White

2007

4

4

Rock Bridge Sr. HS

Columbia, MO

6-4/210/4.70

Georgia

TE

Bryce Ros

2008

3

2

Kennesaw Mountain HS

Kennesaw, GA

6-3.5/219

Georgia

TE

Orson Charles

2009

5

4

Plant Senior HS

Tampa, FL

6-3/220/4.50

Georgia

TE

Arthur Lynch

2009

4

4

Dartmouth HS

North Dartmouth, MA

6-5/235/4.93

Georgia

TE

Jay Rome

2011

4

4

Valdosta HS

Valdosta, GA

6-6/240/4.68

Georgia

TE

Richard Dickson

2006

4

4

Ocean Springs HS

Ocean Springs, MS

6-3.5/238/4.77

LSU

TE

Jordan Corbin

2007

4

4

Lakeland Senior HS

Lakeland, FL

6-4/225/4.70

LSU

TE

Mitch Joseph

2007

4

3

Catholic HS

New Iberia, LA

6-4.5/230/4.70

LSU

TE

Stevan Ridley

2007

4

4

Trinity Episcopal School

Natchez, MS

6-1/220/4.60

LSU

FB

Alex Russian

2007

4

3

Round Rock HS

Round Rock, TX

6-4/220/4.70

LSU

TE

Lavar Edwards

2008

3

3

Desire Street Academy

Baton Rouge, LA

6-3/290/4.90

LSU

TE

Tyler Edwards

2008

4

3

Ouachita Parish HS

Monroe, LA

6-4/238/4.70

LSU

TE

Kellen Theriot

2008

3

3

Episcopal HS

Bellaire, TX

6-2/225/4.50

LSU

FB

Dominique Allen

2009

3

3

Henry County HS

Paris, TN

6-0/250

LSU

FB

Kendrick Adams

2010

3

3

Copiah-Lincoln

Wesson, MS

6-5/243

LSU

TE

Nic Jacobs

2010

4

3

Many HS

Many, LA

6-5/270/4.80

LSU

TE

Brandon Worle

2010

3

3

Troup County HS

LaGrange, GA

6-0.5/243/4.64

LSU

FB

Patrick DiMarco

2007

2

2

Lake Brantley HS

Altamonte Springs, FL

6-3/225/4.80

South Carolina

TE

Weslye Saunders

2007

4

4

Riverside HS

Durham, NC

6-5/270/4.75

South Carolina

TE

Mat Williams

2007

3

3

Riverdale HS

Fort Myers, FL

6-4/220/4.80

South Carolina

TE

Mike Triglia

2008

2

2

The Bolles School

Jacksonville, FL

6-3/225/4.90

South Carolina

TE

Corey Simmons

2010

2

2

Greater Atlanta Christian School

Norcross, GA

6-3.5/214/5.10

South Carolina

TE

Jerell Adams

2011

3

3

Scotts Branch HS

Summerton, SC

6-5/220/4.53

South Carolina

TE

Rory Anderson

2011

3

3

McEachern HS

Powder Springs, GA

6-5/205/4.65

South Carolina

TE

Drew Owens

2011

3

3

Ardrey Kell HS

Charlotte, NC

6-5/230/4.87

South Carolina

TE

Andrew Ketchel

2006

2

2

Choctawhatchee HS

Fort Walton Beach, FL

6-5/225/4.65

South Florida

TE

Richard Kelly

2007

3

2

South Sumter HS

Bushnell, FL

6-0/240/4.70

South Florida

FB

Kavenski McGee

2007

3

2

Pahokee HS

Pahokee, FL

6-3/245/4.70

South Florida

TE

Mike McGowan

2007

2

2

West Boca Raton HS

Boca Raton, FL

6-4/230/4.80

South Florida

TE

Jeff Hawkins

2008

3

2

Vanguard HS

Ocala, FL

6-5/240/4.84

South Florida

TE

Andreas Shields

2008

2

2

Wharton HS

Tampa, FL

6-6/210

South Florida

TE

Gerard Atkins

2009

2

2

Dixie M. Hollins HS

Saint Petersburg, FL

6-5/225/4.70

South Florida

TE

Isaac Virgin

2009

2

2

Fort Pierce Westwood HS

Fort Pierce, FL

6-4/235/4.81

South Florida

TE

Ty Turner

2011

2

2

Griffin HS

Griffin, GA

6-2/240/4.78

South Florida

TE

 
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