South Carolina @ Clemson 2012 Depth Chart Comparison

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, on paper, better than Scar in both offensive and defensive stars per player recruited. Clemson lags Carolina on the specialists front but still maintains an approximate 0.2 stars per player overall advantage over the Gamecocks. I will point out that since Bruce Ellington was only concerned with basketball coming out of HS, he was not given a Rivals rating and scored a mere 2 stars from Scout. He should have a higher rating and would have had he been committed to playing college football when he left Berkeley HS.

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
South Carolina Scout 3.11 3.09 2.67 3.05
Rivals 3.27 3.29 3.20 3.27
Average 3.19 3.19 2.91 3.16

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Figure 1: Recruiting Stars Comparison

Table II: Offensive Talent Comparison

Clemson Offense South Carolina 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 53 COREY ROBINSON 6-8 337 So. 2 3
79 Isaiah Battle 6-6 280 Fr. 3 3 71 Brandon Shell 6-6 331 Fr. 5 4
LG 68 DAVID BEASLEY 6-4 315 *So. 3 3 LG 50 A.J. CANN 6-4 309 So. 4 4
67 Kalon Davis 6-5 330 *So. 3 3 75 Will Sport 6-5 291 Fr. 2 3
C 55 DALTON FREEMAN 6-5 285 *Gr. 4 4 C 55 T.J. JOHNSON 6-6 319 Sr. 3 3
58 Ryan Norton 6-3 270 *Fr. 3 3 70 Kyle Harris 6-3 268 Fr. 3 3
RG 62 TYLER SHATLEY 6-3 295 *Jr. 3 3 61 Travis Ford 6-3 278 Jr. N/A N/A
77 Reid Webster 6-5 285 *So. 3 3 RG 67 RONALD PATRICK 6-2 305 Jr. 3 3
RT 70 GIFFORD TIMOTHY 6-6 310 *So. 2 3 74 Kaleb Broome 6-6 332 Sr. 2 3
76 Shaq Anthony 6-4 265 *Fr. 3 3 RT 71 BRANDON SHELL 6-6 331 Fr. 5 4
TE 80 BRANDON FORD 6-4 240 *Gr. 3 4 78 Cody Gibson 6-7 278 So. 3 3
86 Sam Cooper 6-5 250 *So. 2 2 TE 87 JUSTICE CUNNINGHAM 6-4 264 Sr. 2 2
88 Eric MacLain 6-4 260 *Fr. 4 4 81 Rory Anderson 6-5 218 So. 3 3
WR 6 DeANDRE HOPKINS 6-2 205 Jr. 4 4 89 Jerell Adams 6-6 224 Fr. 3 3
1 Martavis Bryant 6-5 200 So. 4 4 WR 1 ACE SANDERS 5-8 175 Jr. 3 4
QB 10 TAJH BOYD 6-1 225 *Jr. 5 4 4 Shaq Roland 6-1 173 Fr. 5 4
8 Cole Stoudt 6-5 205 So. 3 3 6 DeAngelo Smith 6-1 196 Jr. 2 3
RB 23 ANDRE ELLINGTON 5-10 195 *Sr. 4 4 QB 14 CONNOR SHAW 6-1 207 Jr. 3 3
22 D.J. Howard 5-11 195 *So. 3 3 17 Dylan Thompson 6-3 212 So. 2 2
or 25 Roderick McDowell 5-9 195 *Jr. 3 4 11 Seth Strickland 6-2 195 Sr. N/A N/A
FB 40 DARRELL SMITH 6-2 250 *Jr. 3 2 TB 31 KENNY MILES 5-9 193 Sr. 3 3
WR 18 JARON BROWN 6-2 205 *Gr. 3 3 28 Mike Davis 5-9 216 Fr. 4 4
19 Charone Peake 6-3 200 So. 4 4 FB 43 QUA GILCHRIST 6-1 245 Sr. 3 4
WR 2 SAMMY WATKINS 6-1 205 So. 5 5 41 Connor McLaurin 6-0 222 So. N/A N/A
16 Adam Humphries 5-11 190 So. 3 2 WR 23 BRUCE ELLINGTON 5-9 197 So. 2 N/A
3 Damiere Byrd 5-9 168 So. 4 4
80 K.J. Brent 6-4 184 Fr. 3 3
WR 10 NICK JONES 5-7 184 So. 3 3
82 D.L. Moore 6-5 198 Sr. 3 3
3 Damiere Byrd 5-9 168 So. 4 4

Table III: Defensive Talent Comparison

Clemson Defense South Carolina 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 DE 98 DEVIN TAYLOR 6-8 267 Sr. 2 3
6 Tavaris Barnes 6-4 275 *So. 3 4 57 Aldrick Fordham 6-4 269 Sr. 3 3
NG 50 GRADY JARRETT 6-1 290 So. 3 3 44 Gerald Dixon 6-2 272 Fr. 2 3
48 D.J. Reader 6-3 335 Fr. 3 3 DT 70 BYRON JERIDEAU 6-1 316 Sr. NR 2
DT 91 JOSH WATSON 6-4 285 *So. 4 4 92 Gerald Dixon Jr. 6-3 304 Fr. 2 3
or 99 DeSHAWN WILLIAMS 6-1 285 So. 3 3 DT 99 KELCY QUARLES 6-4 286 So. 3 4
94 Carlos Watkins 6-3 300 Fr. 4 4 97 J.T. Surratt 6-2 295 So. 3 2
DE 93 COREY CRAWFORD 6-5 270 So. 4 4 52 Phillip Dukes 6-3 306 Fr. 4 4
3 Vic Beasley 6-3 225 *So. 3 3 DE 7 JADEVEON CLOWNEY 6-6 256 So. 5 5
SLB/NB 34 QUANDON CHRISTIAN 6-2 225 *Jr. 3 3 90 Chaz Sutton 6-5 248 Jr. 3 4
or 11 TRAVIS BLANKS 6-1 190 Fr. 4 4 MLB 47 REGINALD BOWENS 6-3 254 Sr. 3 3
MLB 33 SPENCER SHUEY 6-3 230 *Jr. 3 3 33 Damario Jeffery 6-4 233 Sr. 4 4
12 Stephone Anthony 6-3 235 So. 5 5 WLB 54 SHAQ WILSON 5-11 224 Sr. 3 3
WLB 46 JONATHAN WILLARD 6-2 225 *Sr. 3 4 24 Quin Smith 6-1 239 Sr. 3 3
42 Corico Wright 5-11 230 Sr. 3 3 18 Cedrick Cooper 6-2 215 Fr. 3 3
7 Tony Steward 6-1 235 So. 4 5 SPUR 21 DeVONTE HOLLOMAN 6-2 241 Sr. 4 4
CB 9 XAVIER BREWER 5-11 190 *Gr. 4 3 9 Sharrod Golightly 5-10 179 So. 3 3
29 Cortez Davis 6-3 200 *Fr. 3 4 CB 27 VICTOR HAMPTON 5-10 197 So. 3 4
SS 5 JONATHAN MEEKS 6-1 210 Sr. 4 4 4 Ahmad Christian 5-10 189 Fr. 3 3
27 Robert Smith 5-11 210 So. 3 3 SS 12 BRISON WILLIAMS 5-11 205 So. 3 3
FS 31 RASHARD HALL 6-2 210 *Gr. 3 3 28 Jared Shaw 5-10 179 Sr. N/A N/A
9 Xavier Brewer 5-11 190 *Gr. 4 3 FS 36 D.J. SWEARINGER 6-0 210 Sr. 3 3
CB 26 GARRY PETERS 6-0 195 *So. 3 4 25 Kadetrix Marcus 6-1 185 So. 3 3
or 17 Bashaud Breeland 6-0 195 *So. 4 3 CB 3 AKEEM AUGUSTE 5-9 188 Sr. 4 4
15 Jimmy Legree 6-0 189 Jr. 2 3

Table IV: Specialists Talent Comparison

Clemson Specialists South Carolina Specialists
Pos. # Player Hgt Wgt Cl. Scout Rivals Pos. # Player Hgt Wgt Cl. Scout Rivals
PK 39 CHANDLER CATANZARO 6-2 195 *Jr. N/A N/A PK 8 ADAM YATES 6-1 196 Sr. N/A N/A
13 Spencer Benton 6-1 195 *Sr. 2 2 19 Landon Ard 5-9 189 Fr. N/A N/A
or 36 Ammon Lakip 5-10 175 *Fr. 3 2 P 13 TYLER HULL 6-2 205 So. N/A N/A
P 13 SPENCER BENTON 6-1 195 *Sr. 2 2 13 Patrick Fish 6-0 193 So. 2 2
92 Bradley Pinion 6-6 230 Fr. 3 3 KO 8 Adam Yates 6-1 196 Sr. N/A N/A
KO 13 Spencer Benton 6-1 195 *Sr. 2 2 19 Landon Ard 5-9 189 Fr. N/A N/A
92 Bradley Pinion 6-6 230 Fr. 3 3 LS 91 Walker Inabinet 5-10 204 Sr. N/A N/A
LS(PK) 75 Michael Sobeski 6-2 205 *So. N/A N/A 59 Coleman Harley 6-1 280 Fr. N/A N/A
52 Phillip Fajgenbaum 6-0 220 *Jr. N/A N/A H 11 Seth Strickland 6-2 195 Sr. N/A N/A
LS(P) 52 Phillip Fajgenbaum 6-0 220 *Jr. N/A N/A 13 Patrick Fish 6-0 193 So. 2 2
75 Michael Sobeski 6-2 205 *So. N/A N/A PR 1 Ace Sanders 5-8 175 Jr. 3 4
H 13 Spencer Benton 6-1 195 *Sr. 2 2 27 Victor Hampton 5-10 197 So. 3 4
39 Chandler Catanzaro 6-2 195 *Jr. N/A N/A KOR 23 Bruce Ellington 5-9 197 So. 2 N/A
PR 16 Adam Humphries 5-11 190 So. 3 2 3 Damiere Byrd 5-9 168 So. 4 4
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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