2013 Georgia Tech @ Clemson Depth Chart Analysis

Joshua S. Kelly-US PRESSWIRE

Clemson hosts Ga. Tech this week in what will be the Tigers' second Thursday Night football game of the season. Below we'll examine how the two teams match up based on their depth charts and what the "experts" thought about their players coming out of prep school.

We'll compare these two teams' talent levels based on officially released two-deep depth charts. 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 depth chart adjustments between the release of this information and game time, 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.

The figure and first table both show an average of offensive players, defensive players, and specialist listed on the two-deep roster. The second through fourth tables show the two-deep roster used for analysis along with the recruiting ratings for each player on the roster.

We've all heard that Paul Johnson and his staff--for a variety of reasons including scheme--have a tough time on the recruiting trail. This is the case when you compare the Jackets to Clemson. Clemson was approximately one quarter of a star per player better on offense, nearly 0.45 stars per player better on defense, and look soundly better talent-wise when you look at the provided special teams depth chart items. This equates to a 0.37 stars per player overall average advantage for the Tigers.

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Team Recruiting Service Offense Defense Specialists Overall Average
Clemson Scout 3.20 3.29 3.25 3.25
Rivals 3.20 3.50 3.00 3.28
Average 3.20 3.40 3.13 3.26
Georgia Tech Scout 2.88 2.88 2.50 2.82
Rivals 3.00 3.04 2.63 2.96
Average 2.94 2.96 2.56 2.89

Offense

Clemson Offense Georgia Tech Offense
Pos. # Player Hgt Wgt Cl. Scout Rivals Pos. # Player Hgt Wgt Cl. Scout Rivals
LT 63 BRANDON THOMAS 6-3 315 *Gr. 4 4 LT 52 WILL JACKSON 6-3 295 *Sr. 3 3
79 Isaiah Battle 6-7 275 So. 3 3 79 Chase Roberts 6-3 280 *Fr. 3 3
LG 68 DAVID BEASLEY 6-4 320 *Jr. 3 3 LG 78 TREY BRAUN 6-5 292 *So. 3 3
67 Kalon Davis 6-5 340 *Jr. 3 3 76 Nick Brigham 6-3 300 *Fr. 3 3
C 58 RYAN NORTON 6-3 280 *So. 3 3 C 50 JAY FINCH 6-3 285 *Sr. 3 3
57 Jay Guillermo 6-3 315 *Fr. 3 3 77 Thomas O’Reilly 6-3 308 *So. 3 3
RG 62 TYLER SHATLEY 6-3 300 *Gr. 3 3 RG 70 SHAQUILLE MASON 6-1 305 Jr. 3 3
77 Reid Webster 6-3 300 *Jr. 3 3 76 Nick Brigham 6-3 300 *Fr. 3 3
RT 70 GIFFORD TIMOTHY 6-6 315 *Jr. 2 3 RT 79 CHASE ROBERTS 6-3 280 *Fr. 3 3
76 Shaq Anthony 6-4 280 *So. 3 3 53 Bryan Chamberlain 6-4 290 *So. 3 3
TE 81 STANTON SECKINGER 6-4 230 *So. 2 3 WR 88 DARREN WALLER 6-5 225 Jr. 3 3
86 Sam Cooper 6-6 250 *Jr. 2 2 84 Micheal Summers 6-1 190 *Fr. 3 3
or 40 Darrell Smith 6-1 240 *Gr. 3 2 QB 2 VAD LEE 6-1 215 *So. 3 3
or 16 Jordan Leggett 6-5 240 Fr. 3 3 5 Justin Thomas 5-11 179 *Fr. 4 4
WR 2 SAMMY WATKINS 6-1 205 Jr. 5 5 AB 25 ROBERT GODHIGH 5-7 190 *Sr. N/A N/A
82 T.J. Green 6-3 195 Fr. 3 2 10 Synjyn Days 6-2 221 *Jr. 3 3
87 Matt Porter 5-11 200 *Jr. N/A N/A 3 Dennis Andrews 6-0 190 *Fr. 3 3
QB 10 TAJH BOYD 6-1 225 *Sr. 5 4 BB 20 DAVID SIMS 6-0 225 *Sr. 3 3
18 Cole Stoudt 6-4 210 Jr. 3 3 37 Zach Laskey 6-1 214 Jr. 2 2
RB 25 RODERICK McDOWELL 5-10 200 *Gr. 3 4 AB 31 DEON HILL 6-0 202 *Jr. 2 3
24 Zac Brooks 6-1 190 So. 4 4 9 Tony Zenon 5-8 175 *Jr. 2 2
22 D.J. Howard 6-0 195 *Jr. 3 3 7 B.J. Bostic 5-11 173 *Jr. 3 4
WR 13 ADAM HUMPHRIES 5-11 190 Jr. 3 2 21 Charles Perkins 6-0 218 *Jr. 3 3
5 Germone Hopper 6-0 180 *Fr. 3 4 WR 15 DeANDRE SMELTER 6-3 220 Jr. 3 3
WR 1 MARTAVIS BRYANT 6-5 200 Jr. 4 4 16 Corey Dennis 6-2 201 Jr. 2 3
7 Mike Williams 6-3 205 Fr. 4 4

Defense

Clemson Defense Georgia Tech Defense
Pos. # Player Hgt Wgt Cl. Scout Rivals Pos. # Player Hgt Wgt Cl. Scout Rivals
DE 93 COREY CRAWFORD 6-5 270 Jr. 4 4 DE 45 JEREMIAH ATTAOCHU 6-3 242 Sr. 3 3
9 Tavaris Barnes 6-4 275 *Jr. 3 4 47 Tyler Stargel 6-3 251 *Fr. 3 3
DT 50 GRADY JARRETT 6-1 295 Jr. 3 3 56 Anthony Williams 6-4 237 *Jr. 3 4
48 D.J. Reader 6-2 325 So. 3 3 NT 96 ADAM GOTSIS 6-5 277 So. 2 2
DT 48 D.J. READER 6-2 325 So. 3 3 98 Jimmie Kitchen 6-3 279 *So. N/A 2
or 91 JOSH WATSON 6-4 290 *Jr. 4 4 DT 99 EUCLID CUMMINGS 6-4 275 *Sr. 3 3
or 99 DeSHAWN WILLIAMS 6-1 295 Jr. 3 3 92 Francis Kallon 6-5 303 *Fr. 4 4
DE 3 VIC BEASLEY 6-2 235 *Jr. 3 3 DE 93 EMMANUEL DIEKE 6-6 270 *Sr. 3 3
90 Shaq Lawson 6-3 270 Fr. 3 4 91 Patrick Gamble 6-5 271 *Fr. 3 3
SLB 34 QUANDON CHRISTIAN 6-2 230 *Sr. 3 3 95 Christopher Crenshaw 6-3 258 *Sr. 3 3
41 T.J. Burrell 5-11 215 *Fr. 3 3 SLB 11 BRANDON WATTS 6-2 235 *Sr. 3 3
MLB 42 STEPHONE ANTHONY 6-2 245 Jr. 5 5 35 Tyler Marcordes 6-4 232 *So. 2 3
44 B.J. Goodson 6-1 235 *So. 2 3 ILB 32 JABARI HUNT-DAYS 6-3 247 *So. 3 4
WLB 33 SPENCER SHUEY 6-3 240 *Gr. 3 3 54 Quayshawn Nealy 6-1 232 *Jr. 3 3
7 Tony Steward 6-1 230 Jr. 4 5 WLB 54 QUAYSHAWN NEALY 6-1 232 *Jr. 3 3
CB 17 BASHAUD BREELAND 5-9 185 *Jr. 4 3 40 Paul Davis 5-11 215 Fr. 2 2
14 Martin Jenkins 5-9 185 *Jr. 3 3 CB 8 LOUIS YOUNG 6-1 196 Sr. 4 4
S 11 TRAVIS BLANKS 6-0 200 So. 4 4 27 Lynn Griffin 6-0 195 *Fr. 2 3
20 Jayron Kearse 6-4 205 Fr. 4 4 S 14 JEMEA THOMAS 5-10 195 *Sr. 3 3
S 27 ROBERT SMITH 5-11 210 Jr. 3 3 23 Domonique Noble 6-2 204 *So. 3 3
12 Korrin Wiggins 5-11 190 Fr. 3 3 27 Lynn Griffin 6-0 195 *Fr. 2 3
18 Jadar Johnson 6-1 195 Fr. 3 3 S 12 DEMOND SMITH 6-0 185 *So. 3 3
CB 8 DARIUS ROBINSON 5-10 175 Sr. 3 4 6 Chris Milton 5-11 185 *So. 3 3
26 Garry Peters 6-0 185 *Jr. 3 4 29 Coray Carlson 6-0 180 *Jr. N/A N/A
CB 28 D.J. WHITE 5-11 184 So. 3 3
14 Jemea Thomas 5-10 195 *Sr. 3 3

Specialists

Clemson Specialists Georgia Tech Specialists
Pos. # Player Hgt Wgt Cl. Scout Rivals Pos. # Player Hgt Wgt Cl. Scout Rivals
PK 39 CHANDLER CATANZARO 6-3 200 *Gr. N/A N/A PK 87 HARRISON BUTKER 6-3 190 Fr. 3 3
36 Ammon Lakip 5-10 200 *So. 3 2 44 David Scully 6-2 205 *Sr. N/A N/A
P 92 BRADLEY PINION 6-6 230 So. 3 3 P 82 SEAN POOLE 6-1 160 *Sr. N/A N/A
36 Ammon Lakip 5-10 200 *So. 3 2 85 Ryan Rodwell 6-2 198 So. 2 2
KO 92 Bradley Pinion 6-6 230 So. 3 3 KO 87 Harrison Butker 6-3 190 Fr. 3 3
36 Ammon Lakip 5-10 200 *So. 3 2 LS 55 Sean Tobin 6-3 223 *So. 2 2
LS(PK) 75 Michael Sobeski 6-2 220 *Jr. N/A N/A 57 Trevor Stroebel 6-4 225 Fr. N/A N/A
52 Phillip Fajgenbaum 6-1 225 *Gr. N/A N/A H 82 Sean Poole 6-1 160 *Sr. N/A N/A
LS(P) 52 Phillip Fajgenbaum 6-1 225 *Gr. N/A N/A PR 15 DeAndre Smelter 6-3 220 Jr. 3 3
75 Michael Sobeski 6-2 220 *Jr. N/A N/A 9 Tony Zenon 5-8 175 *Jr. 2 2
H 32 Corbin Jenkins 5-10 175 *Jr. N/A N/A KOR 27 Lynn Griffin 6-0 195 *Fr. 2 3
92 Bradley Pinion 6-6 230 So. 3 3 20 David Sims 6-0 225 *Sr. 3 3
PR 13 Adam Humphries 5-11 190 Jr. 3 2
5 Germone Hopper 6-0 180 *Fr. 3 4
KOR 2 Sammy Watkins 6-1 205 Jr. 5 5
& 82 T.J. Green 6-3 195 Fr. 3 2
5 Germone Hopper 6-0 180 *Fr. 3 4
& 1 Martavis Bryant 6-5 200 Jr. 4 4
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