2013 Clemson @ NC State Depth Chart Analysis

Joshua S. Kelly-US PRESSWIRE

Today we'll compare Clemson/NC State 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.

As shown below, Clemson has out-recruited the Wolfpack all around. The Tigers are 0.4 stars per player better on offense and 0.7 stars per player when you compare the defenses. When you combine all three areas of the depth chart together and average things out, Clemson is approximately 0.6 stars per player better per the "experts."

Team Recruiting Service Offense Defense Specialists Overall Average
Clemson Scout 3.30 3.32 3.42 3.33
Rivals 3.30 3.48 3.08 3.33
Average 3.30 3.40 3.25 3.33
North Carolina State Scout 2.82 2.48 2.57 2.64
Rivals 2.95 2.95 2.00 2.82
Average 2.89 2.71 2.29 2.73

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I'll note that while pulling these data together, I noticed a lot of players who were not Rivals/Scout rated. NCST has quite a few walk-ons and players who were not rated coming out of high school on the two-deep. Keep these guys in mind while watching the football game Thursday night.

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 6-3 315 *Gr. 4 4 LT 78 ROB CRISP 6-7 300 Sr. 5 5
79 Isaiah Battle 6-7 275 So. 3 3 72 Patrick Roane 6-7 310 Fr. 3 3
LG 68 DAVID BEASLEY 6-4 320 *Jr. 3 3 LG 62 DURAN CHRISTOPHE 6-5 300 *Sr. 3 3
67 Kalon Davis 6-5 340 *Jr. 3 3 71 Alex Barr 6-7 326 *So. 2 3
C 58 RYAN NORTON 6-3 280 *So. 3 3 C 60 QUINTON SCHOOLEY 6-4 285 So. N/A N/A
57 Jay Guillermo 6-3 315 *Fr. 3 3 54 Joe Thuney 6-5 286 *So. 3 3
RG 62 TYLER SHATLEY 6-3 300 *Gr. 3 3 RG 54 JOE THUNEY 6-5 286 *So. 3 3
77 Reid Webster 6-3 300 *Jr. 3 3 61 Ali Kassem 6-7 338 Jr. 2 2
RT 70 GIFFORD TIMOTHY 6-6 315 *Jr. 2 3 RT 74 TYSON CHANDLER 6-7 334 *Jr. 2 3
76 Shaq Anthony 6-4 280 *So. 3 3 73 Andy Jomantas 6-7 297 *Jr. 3 2
78 Eric MacLain 6-4 295 *So. 4 4 TE 82 ASA WATSON 6-3 237 *Gr. 4 3
TE 81 STANTON SECKINGER 6-4 230 *So. 2 3 86 David Grinnage 6-5 267 *Fr. 3 2
40 Darrell Smith 6-1 240 *Gr. 3 2 WR-F 80 BRYAN UNDERWOOD 5-9 180 *Jr. 3 3
WR 2 SAMMY WATKINS 6-1 205 Jr. 5 5 13 Bra’Lon Cherry 5-11 187 Fr. 2 3
82 T.J. Green 6-3 195 Fr. 3 2 QB 4 PETE THOMAS 6-6 236 *Jr. 3 4
QB 10 TAJH BOYD 6-1 225 *Sr. 5 4 14 Bryant Shirreffs 6-3 220 Fr. 2 2
18 Cole Stoudt 6-4 210 Jr. 3 3 or 5 Josh Taylor 5-11 185 Fr. N/A N/A
RB 25 RODERICK McDOWELL 5-10 200 *Gr. 3 4 RB 26 TONY CREECY 5-11 210 *Jr. 4 4
24 Zac Brooks 6-1 190 So. 4 4 21 Matt Dayes 5-9 213 Fr. 3 3
WR 13 ADAM HUMPHRIES 5-11 190 Jr. 3 2 FB 43 RYAN CHEEK 6-0 235 *Sr. 3 3
5 Germone Hopper 6-0 180 *Fr. 3 4 or 47 TYLER PURVIS 6-2 229 *Jr. N/A N/A
WR 1 MARTAVIS BRYANT 6-5 200 Jr. 4 4 WR-Z 2 RASHARD SMITH 5-9 177 *Sr. 2 2
7 Mike Williams 6-3 205 Fr. 4 4 84 Charlie Hegedus 6-2 210 So. 3 3
WR-X 88 QUINTIN PAYTON 6-4 212 *Sr. 2 3
1 Marques Valdes-Scantling 6-3 201 Fr. 2 3

Defensive Comparison

Clemson Defense North Carolina State 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 FDE 95 ART NORMAN 6-0 250 *Jr. 2 2
9 Tavaris Barnes 6-4 275 *Jr. 3 4 97 Forrest West 6-1 251 *Sr. N/A N/A
98 Kevin Dodd 6-5 275 So. 3 3 NT 69 THOMAS TEAL 6-1 303 *Jr. 3 3
DT 50 GRADY JARRETT 6-1 295 Jr. 3 3 76 Deylan Buntyn 6-3 323 Sr. 2 3
48 D.J. Reader 6-2 325 So. 3 3 94 Monty Nelson 6-2 310 Fr. 3 3
94 CARLOS WATKINS 6-3 295 So. 4 4 DT 75 T.Y. McGILL 6-1 293 Jr. 3 2
or 99 DeSHAWN WILLIAMS 6-1 295 Jr. 3 3 70 Carlos Gray 6-3 296 *So. 2 3
or 91 JOSH WATSON 6-4 290 *Jr. 4 4 BDE 92 DARRYL CATO-BISHOP 6-3 266 *Sr. 2 2
DE 3 VIC BEASLEY 6-2 235 *Jr. 3 3 90 Mike Rose 6-3 252 *So. 3 3
90 Shaq Lawson 6-3 270 Fr. 3 4 SLB 31 D.J. GREEN 6-4 228 Sr. 3 3
SLB 34 QUANDON CHRISTIAN 6-2 230 *Sr. 3 3 5 Rodman Noel 6-4 221 Jr. 2 4
41 T.J. Burrell 5-11 215 *Fr. 3 3 MLB 48 ROBERT CALDWELL 6-3 250 Sr. 2 3
MLB 42 STEPHONE ANTHONY 6-2 245 Jr. 5 5 49 Zach Gentry 6-1 230 *Sr. N/A N/A
52 Kellen Jones 6-1 225 *So. 4 3 WLB 39 BRANDON PITTMAN 6-2 224 Jr. 3 3
or 44 B.J. Goodson 6-1 235 *So. 2 3 42 M.J. Salahuddin 6-2 227 So. 2 3
WLB 33 SPENCER SHUEY 6-3 240 *Gr. 3 3 LCB 25 DONTAE JOHNSON 6-2 195 Sr. 3 3
7 Tony Steward 6-1 230 Jr. 4 5 21 Niles Clark 5-11 188 *Fr. 3 3
CB 17 BASHAUD BREELAND 6-0 185 *Jr. 4 3 or 29 Jack Tocho 6-1 195 Fr. 2 3
26 Garry Peters 6-0 185 *Jr. 3 4 SS 20 HAKIM JONES 6-2 202 *So. 2 3
S 11 TRAVIS BLANKS 6-0 200 So. 4 4 6 Tim Buckley 6-0 200 *So. N/A N/A
12 Korrin Wiggins 5-11 190 Fr. 3 3 FS 14 JARVIS BYRD 5-10 190 *Sr. 2 4
18 Jadar Johnson 6-1 195 Fr. 3 3 24 Josh Stanley 6-0 198 *So. N/A N/A
S 27 ROBERT SMITH 5-11 210 Jr. 3 3 RCB 11 JUSTON BURRIS 6-1 206 *So. 2 3
30 Taylor Watson 5-10 210 *Jr. N/A N/A 3 Marchez Coates 5-10 183 *Fr. 3 3
CB 8 DARIUS ROBINSON 5-10 175 Sr. 3 4 or 7 Sean Paul 5-10 184 Fr. 3 3
14 Martin Jenkins 5-9 185 *Jr. 3 3

Specialist 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 6-3 200 *Gr. N/A N/A PK 32 NIKLAS SADE 6-3 212 Jr. 3 2
36 Ammon Lakip 5-10 200 *So. 3 2 99 Ryan Stevens 6-3 190 So. N/A N/A
P 92 BRADLEY PINION 6-6 230 So. 3 3 P 36 WIL BAUMANN 6-6 190 Jr. 3 2
36 Ammon Lakip 5-10 200 *So. 3 2 47 William Stephenson 6-3 184 *Fr. N/A N/A
KO 92 Bradley Pinion 6-6 230 So. 3 3 KO 32 Niklas Sade 6-3 212 Jr. 3 2
36 Ammon Lakip 5-10 200 *So. 3 2 LS 96 Scott Thompson 5-11 242 Jr. 2 2
LS (PK) 75 Michael Sobeski 6-2 220 *Jr. N/A N/A 52 Ben Garnett 6-0 225 So. N/A N/A
52 Phillip Fajgenbaum 6-1 225 *Gr. N/A N/A H 36 Wil Baumann 6-6 190 Jr. 3 2
LS (P) 52 Phillip Fajgenbaum 6-1 225 *Gr. N/A N/A PR 2 Rashard Smith 5-9 177 *Sr. 2 2
75 Michael Sobeski 6-2 220 *Jr. N/A N/A KOR 2 Rashard Smith 5-9 177 *Sr. 2 2
H 32 Corbin Jenkins 5-10 175 *Jr. N/A N/A
92 Bradley Pinion 6-6 230 So. 3 3
PR 13 Adam Humphries 5-11 190 Jr. 3 2
2 Sammy Watkins 6-1 205 Jr. 5 5
KOR 2 Sammy Watkins 6-1 205 Jr. 5 5
& 1 Martavis Bryant 6-5 200 Jr. 4 4
5 Germone Hopper 6-0 180 *Fr. 3 4
& 82 T.J. Green 6-3 195 Fr. 3 2
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