North Carolina State @ Clemson 2012 Depth Chart Comparison

Grant Halverson

We continue assessing our opponents' talent level via two-deep assessment using Rivals/Scout ratings as assessment tool.depth charts for both teams were attained DIRECTLY from the Clemson website (www.clemsontigers.com). A pdf version of this can be found there as well. I will go ahead and tell you that because of injuries and Monday depth chart adjustments, some items here may be a little out of place but in an effort to maintain consistency, I'll use both teams' depth charts as presented on the official website.

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 depth chart roster as referenced above. It does not weigh experience nor does it evaluate coaching, preparation, etc... We think this is an interesting and valuable tool that is useful in overall program evaluation because there is a link between these star ratings and other metrics in both college football and the NFL.

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". We picked carefully through the data and believe all is correct. However, if we've overlooked an item we apologize in advance and ask that you point it out so that we can make the correction in our database.

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. Clemson is ahead of NC State in all areas. They are over a quarter of a star per player better on offense, over 0.8 stars per player on defense, and 0.4 stars per player better on special teams. Overall, the Tigers are half a star per player overall better than the Wolfpack overall...Once again, the high school talent scouts favor Clemson over an opponent.

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Figure 1: Recruiting Stars Comparison

Table I Overall Recruiting Numbers

Team Recruiting Service Offense Defense Specialists Overall Average
Clemson Scout 3.36 3.50 3.00 3.35
Rivals 3.36 3.58 2.82 3.35
Average 3.36 3.54 2.91 3.35
North Carolina State Scout 3.05 2.57 2.70 2.79
Rivals 3.10 2.86 2.30 2.85
Average 3.07 2.71 2.50 2.82

Table II: Offensive Comparison

Clemson Offense North Carolina State Offense
Pos. # Player Hgt Wgt Cl. Scout Rivals Pos. # Player Hgt Wgt Cl. Scout Rivals
LT 63 BRANDON THOMAS 6-3 305 *Jr. 4 4 LT 78 ROB CRISP 6-7 312 Jr. 5 5
79 Isaiah Battle 6-6 280 Fr. 3 3 67 Quincy McKinney 6-4 304 Fr. 3 3
LG 68 DAVID BEASLEY 6-4 315 *So. 3 3 LG 79 R.J. MATTES 6-6 313 *Sr. 4 4
67 Kalon Davis 6-5 330 *So. 3 3 73 Andy Jomantas 6-7 289 *So. 3 2
C 55 DALTON FREEMAN 6-5 285 *Gr. 4 4 C 53 CAMDEN WENTZ 6-3 301 Sr. 3 3
58 Ryan Norton 6-3 270 *Fr. 3 3 54 Joe Thuney 6-5 265 *Fr. 3 3
RG 62 TYLER SHATLEY 6-3 295 *Jr. 3 3 RG 62 DURAN CHRISTOPHE 6-6 302 *Jr. 3 3
77 Reid Webster 6-5 285 *So. 3 3 50 Cameron Fordham 6-3 286 *So. N/A N/A
RT 70 GIFFORD TIMOTHY 6-6 310 *So. 2 3 RT 74 TYSON CHANDLER 6-6 340 *So. 2 3
76 Shaq Anthony 6-4 265 *Fr. 3 3 71 Alex Barr 6-7 332 *Fr. 2 3
TE 80 BRANDON FORD 6-4 240 *Gr. 3 4 TE 87 MARIO CARTER 6-4 262 *Sr. 3 2
86 Sam Cooper 6-5 250 *So. 2 2 82 Asa Watson 6-4 235 *Jr. 4 3
88 Eric MacLain 6-4 260 *Fr. 4 4 WR 88 QUINTIN PAYTON 6-4 210 *Jr. 2 3
WR 6 DeANDRE HOPKINS 6-2 205 Jr. 4 4 84 Charlie Hegedus 6-2 195 Fr. 3 3
1 Martavis Bryant 6-5 200 So. 4 4 QB 8 MIKE GLENNON 6-6 232 *Gr. 4 4
QB 10 TAJH BOYD 6-1 225 *Jr. 5 4 15 Manny Stocker 6-3 200 Fr. 3 3
8 Cole Stoudt 6-5 205 So. 3 3 HB 26 TONY CREECY 6-2 210 *So. 4 4
RB 23 ANDRE ELLINGTON 5-10 195 *Sr. 4 4 10 Shadrach Thornton 6-1 200 Fr. 3 3
22 D.J. Howard 5-11 195 *So. 3 3 FB 44 LOGAN WINKLES 6-1 252 *So. 2 3
or 25 Roderick McDowell 5-9 195 *Jr. 3 4 47 Tyler Purvis 6-3 230 *So. N/A N/A
FB 40 DARRELL SMITH 6-2 250 *Jr. 3 2 WR 4 TOBAIS PALMER 5-11 175 *Sr. 3 3
WR 18 JARON BROWN 6-2 205 *Gr. 3 3 80 Bryan Underwood 5-11 174 *So. 3 3
19 Charone Peake 6-3 200 So. 4 4 2 Rashard Smith 5-11 176 *Jr. 2 2
WR 2 SAMMY WATKINS 6-1 205 So. 5 5
16 Adam Humphries 5-11 190 So. 3 2

Table III: Defensive Comparison

Clemson Defense North Carolina State Defense
Pos. # Player Hgt Wgt Cl. Scout Rivals Pos. # Player Hgt Wgt Cl. Scout Rivals
DE 97 MALLICIAH GOODMAN 6-4 270 Sr. 4 4 LDE 92 DARRYL CATO-BISHOP 6-4 278 *Jr. 2 2
6 Tavaris Barnes 6-4 275 *So. 3 4 98 McKay Frandsen 6-3 255 Sr. 2 3
NG 50 GRADY JARRETT 6-1 290 So. 3 3 LDT 69 THOMAS TEAL 6-2 315 *So. 3 3
48 D.J. Reader 6-3 335 Fr. 3 3 70 Carlos Gray 6-4 321 *Fr. 2 3
DT 91 JOSH WATSON 6-4 285 *So. 4 4 RDT 75 T.Y. McGILL 6-1 298 So. 3 2
or 99 DeSHAWN WILLIAMS 6-1 285 So. 3 3 65 A.J. Ferguson 6-3 281 Jr. 2 2
94 Carlos Watkins 6-3 300 Fr. 4 4 RDE 55 BRIAN SLAY 6-3 274 Sr. 3 3
DE 93 COREY CRAWFORD 6-5 270 So. 4 4 95 Art Norman 6-1 242 *So. 2 2
3 Vic Beasley 6-3 225 *So. 3 3 90 Mike Rose 6-4 232 *Fr. 3 3
SLB/NB 34 QUANDON CHRISTIAN 6-2 225 *Jr. 3 3 SLB 5 RODMAN NOEL 6-3 210 So. 2 4
or 11 TRAVIS BLANKS 6-1 190 Fr. 4 4 39 Brandon Pittman 6-3 216 So. 3 3
MLB 33 SPENCER SHUEY 6-3 230 *Jr. 3 3 MLB 7 STERLING LUCAS 6-2 231 *Gr. 3 3
12 Stephone Anthony 6-3 235 So. 5 5 43 Ryan Cheek 6-1 231 *Jr. 3 3
WLB 46 JONATHAN WILLARD 6-2 225 *Sr. 3 4 WLB 34 RICKEY DOWDY 6-2 240 *Jr. 3 3
42 Corico Wright 5-11 230 Sr. 3 3 49 Zach Gentry 6-0 227 *Jr. N/A N/A
7 Tony Steward 6-1 235 So. 4 5 FCB 1 DAVID AMERSON 6-3 194 Jr. 3 4
CB 9 XAVIER BREWER 5-11 190 *Gr. 4 3 11 Juston Burris 6-1 193 *Fr. 2 3
29 Cortez Davis 6-3 200 *Fr. 3 4 FS 30 BRANDAN BISHOP 6-2 205 Sr. 3 3
SS 5 JONATHAN MEEKS 6-1 210 Sr. 4 4 6 Tim Buckley 6-0 202 *Fr. N/A N/A
27 Robert Smith 5-11 210 So. 3 3 BS 27 EARL WOLFF 6-0 207 *Gr. 3 3
FS 31 RASHARD HALL 6-2 210 *Gr. 3 3 38 Hakim Jones 6-2 190 *Fr. 2 3
9 Xavier Brewer 5-11 190 *Gr. 4 3 BCB 25 DONTAE JOHNSON 6-3 196 Jr. 3 3
CB 17 BASHAUD BREELAND 6-0 195 *So. 4 3 20 C.J. Wilson 5-11 187 *Gr. 2 2
or 26 GARRY PETERS 6-0 195 *So. 3 4

Table IV: Special Teams Comparison

Clemson Specialists North Carolina State Specialists
Pos. # Player Hgt Wgt Cl. Scout Rivals Pos. # Player Hgt Wgt Cl. Scout Rivals
PK 39 CHANDLER CATANZARO 6-2 195 *Jr. N/A N/A PK 32 NIKLAS SADE 6-3 200 So. 3 2
13 Spencer Benton 6-1 195 *Sr. 2 2 31 Matthew Shaefer 6-0 187 *Sr. N/A N/A
or 36 Ammon Lakip 5-10 175 *Fr. 3 2 P 36 WIL BAUMANN 6-4 185 So. 3 2
P 13 SPENCER BENTON 6-1 195 *Sr. 2 2 47 William Stephenson 6-3 170 Fr. N/A N/A
92 Bradley Pinion 6-6 230 Fr. 3 3 KO 32 Niklas Sade 6-3 200 So. 3 2
KO 13 Spencer Benton 6-1 195 *Sr. 2 2 36 Wil Baumann 6-4 185 So. 3 2
92 Bradley Pinion 6-6 230 Fr. 3 3 LS 57 Scott Thompson 6-0 220 So. 2 2
LS(PK) 75 Michael Sobeski 6-2 205 *So. N/A N/A H 36 Wil Baumann 6-4 185 So. 3 2
52 Phillip Fajgenbaum 6-0 220 *Jr. N/A N/A PR 2 Rashard Smith 5-11 176 *Jr. 2 2
LS(P) 52 Phillip Fajgenbaum 6-0 220 *Jr. N/A N/A 1 David Amerson 6-3 194 Jr. 3 4
75 Michael Sobeski 6-2 205 *So. N/A N/A KOR 4 Tobais Palmer 5-11 175 *Sr. 3 3
H 13 Spencer Benton 6-1 195 *Sr. 2 2 20 C.J. Wilson 5-11 187 *Gr. 2 2
39 Chandler Catanzaro 6-2 195 *Jr. N/A N/A
PR 16 Adam Humphries 5-11 190 So. 3 2
2 SAMMY WATKINS 6-1 205 So. 5 5
KOR 2 SAMMY WATKINS 6-1 205 So. 5 5
18 Jaron Brown 6-2 205 *Gr. 3 3

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