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Clemson vs Oklahoma Recruiting and Depth Chart Analysis

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Lets take a look at how Clemson and Oklahoma stack up in recruiting and how the depth charts compare to one another.

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We're bringing back an old favorite and comparing the recruiting rankings of Clemson and Oklahoma, as well as looking at the depths from a recruiting angle. Form what conclusions you will from the different tables. Success on the recruiting trail leads to success on the field and vice versa. I used www.clemsontigers.com and www.ourlads.com for the Clemson death chart, and www.soonersports.com for the Oklahoma depth chart since they usually update theirs consistently. I used Scout and Rivals for the recruiting rankings.

Both teams consistently recruit at a good but not elite level. Oklahoma's recruiting is a reason for their relative decline, particularly on defense, over the past few seasons. Both teams do recruit well but it is not at a championship level, which is somewhat surprising for the Sooners given their pedigree and proximity to Texas.

Year Clemson Oklahoma

2011 Scout

3.24 (#12) 3.68 (#15)
2011 Rivals 3.34 (#8) 3.65 (#14)
2011 Average 3.29 3.67
2012 Scout 3.40 (#12) 3.4 (#12)
2012 Rivals 3.45 (#14) 3.52 (#11)
2012 Average 3.43 3.46
2013 Scout 3.35 (#12) 3.29 (#15)
2013 Rivals 3.30 (#14) 3.17 (#15)
2013 Average 3.33 3.23
2014 Scout 3.37 (#28) 3.23 (#13)
2014 Rivals 3.32 (#13) 3.22 (#15)
2014 Average 3.35 3.225

Clemson Offense Oklahoma Offense
Pos. # Player Hgt Wgt Yr. Scout Rivals . Pos. # Player Hgt. Wgt. Yr. Scout Rivals
LT 79 Isaiah Battle 6-7 275 Jr 4* 4* LT 71 Tyrus Thompson 6-5 336 RsSr 4* 4*
77 Reid Webster 6-4 300 RsSr 3* 3* 55 Josiah St. John 6-6 300 RsJr 3* 3*
LG 68 David Beasely 6-4 320 RsSr 3* 3* 70 Christian Daimler 6-7 300 RsFr 3* 3*
78 Eric MacLain 6-4 295 RsJr 4* 4* LG 74 Adam Shead 6-4 339 RsSr 4* 3*
C 58 Ryan Norton 6-3 280 RsJr 3* 3* 77 Dionte Savage 6-4 343 Sr 2* 2*

57 Jay Guillermo 6-3 315 RsSo 3* 3* C 56 Ty Darlington 6-2 286 Jr 4* 4*
RG 77 Reid Webster 6-4 300 RsSr 3* 3* 54 Nila Kasitati 6-4 315 RsJr 3* 3*

55 Tyrone Crowder 6-2 345 RsFr 4* 4* 68 Jonathan Alvarez 6-3 316 Fr 2* 2*
RT 67 Kalon Davis 6-5 340 RsSr 3* 3* RG 77 Dionte Savage 6-4 343 Sr 2* 2*

73 Joe Gore 6-5 300 RsJr 3* 3* or 54 Nila Kasitati 6-4 315 Jr 3* 3*
TE 86 Sam Cooper 6-6 250 RsSr 2* 2* RT 79 Daryl Williams 6-6 329 RsSr 4* 4*

16 Jordan Leggett 6-5 240 So 3* 3* 72 Derek Farniok 6-9 329 RsJr 3* 3*
81 Stanton Seckinger 6-4 2-30 RsJr 2* 3* TE 10 Blake Bell 6-6 259 RsSr 5* 4*
WR 3 Artavis Scott 5-11 185 Fr 4* 4* 88 Taylor McNamara 6-5 245 RsSo 3* 4*
5 Germone Hopper 6-0 180 RsSo 4* 4* 81 Sam Grant 6-7 281 RsSo 3* 3*
QB 18 Cole Stoudt 6-4 210 Sr 3* 3* WR 16 Micah Quick 6-0 170 Fr 4* 4*
12 Nick Schuessler 6-3 195 RsSo 2* 2* 1 KJ Young 6-0 177 RsFr 3* 3*
4 Deshaun Watson 6-3 190 Fr 4* 5* 83 Austin Bennett 6-0 175 So 3* 3*
WR 7 Mike Williams 6-3 205 S 4* 4* WR 5 Durron Neal 5-11 201 Jr 4* 4*
5 Germone Hopper 6-0 180 So 4* 4* 1 KJ Young 6-0 177 RsFr 3* 3*
WR 13 Adam Humphries 5-11 190 Sr 3* 2* 83 Austin Bennett 6-0 175 So 3* 3*
83 Daniel Rodriguez 5-8 175 Sr N/R N/R 87 Jeff Mead 6-6 184 Fr 3* 3*
19 Charone Peak 6-2 205 RsJr 4* 4* WR 3 Sterling Shepard 5-10 195 Jr 4* 4*
RB 9 Wayne Gallman 6-1 200 RsFr 4* 3* 1 KJ Young 6-0 177 RsFr 3* 3*
23 Tyshon Dye 5-11 215 RsFr 4* 4* 17 Jordan Smallwood 6-2 212 RsFr 3* 3*
22 DJ Howard 6-0 195 RsSr 3* 3* QB 9 Trevor Knight 6-1 201 RsSo 3* 4*
14 Cody Thomas 6-4 211 RsFr 4* 4*
4 Justce Hansen 6-3 204 Fr 4* 4*
FB 48 Aaron Ripkowski 6-1 257 Sr N/R N/R
36 Dimitri Flowers 6-1 244 Fr 3* 3*
RB 28 Alex Ross 6-1 221 RsSo 4* 4*
or 32 Samaje Perine 5-11 243 Fr 3* 4*
or 21 Keith Ford 5-11 206 So 5* 4*

As you can see, Oklahoma is generally more talented than Clemson across the offensive line. The Sooners have turned this talent into success on the field, with 4 linemen receiving All-Big 12 honors. The Oklahoma running back corp is very deep and talented. The OLine does a great job at creating large runs for the backs to run through. With the departures of Kyrin Priester and Demarre Kitt during the season, Clemson is a bit thin at the wide receiver position.

Clemson Defense Oklahoma Defense
Pos. # Player Hgt. Wgt. Yr. Scout Rivals . Pos. # Player Hgt. Wgt. Yr. Scout Rivals
DE 93 Corey Crawford 6-5 270 Sr 4* 4* RE 98 Chuka Ndulue 6-3 289 RsSR 3* 3
or 9 Tavaris Barnes 6-4 275 RsSr 3* 4* 97 Charles Walker 6-2 296 RsFR 3* 3*
DT 50 Grady Jarrett 6-1 295 Sr 3* 3* 87 DJ Ward 6-2 256 RsFr 4* 4*
94 Carlos Watkins 6-3 295 RsSo 4* 4* DT 80 Jordan Phillips 6-6 334 RsJr 5* 4*
DT 91 Josh Watson 6-4 290 RsSr 4* 4* 92 Matthew Romar 6-0 287 RsFR 3* 3*
or 99 Deshawn Williams 6-1 295 Sr 3* 3* 94 Torrea Peterson 6-3 300 RsSr 4* 3*
or 48 DJ Reader 6-2 325 Jr 3* 3* 93 Jordan Wade 6-4 314 RsSo 4* 4*
DE 3 Vic Beasley 6-2 235 RsSr 3* 3* LE 91 Charles Tapper 6-4 281 Jr 3* 3*
90 Shaq Lawson 6-3 270 So 3* 4* 90 Matt Dimon 6-2 271 So 4* 3*
SAM/Nickel 6 Dorian O'Daniel 6-2 210 RsFr 4* 4* 94 Torrea Peterson 6-3 300 RsSr 4* 3*
or 12 Korrin Wiggins 5-11 190 So 3* 3* ROLB 23 Devante Bond 6-1 236 Jr 3* 3*
or 44 BJ Goodson 6-1 235 Jr 2* 3* or 82 Ogbonnia Okoronkwo 6-1 240 RsFr 3* 3*

41 TJ Burrell 5-11 215 RsSo 3* 3* 85 Geneo Grissom 6-4 252 RsSr 4* 4*
11 Travis Blanks 6-0 200 Jr 4* 4* RILB 1 Dominique Alexander 6-0 227 So 3* 3*
MIKE 42 Stephone Anthony 6-2 245 Sr 5* 5* 25 Aaron Franklin 6-1 226 RsSr 4* 3*
52 Kellen Jones 6-1 225 RsJr 4* 4* LILB 26 Jordan Evans 6-3 223 So 3* 3*
WILL 7 Tony Steward 6-1 230 Sr 4* 5* 45 Caleb Gastelum 6-2 217 Jr N/R N/R
10 Ben Boulware 5-11 230 So 4* 4* LOLB 19 Eric Striker 6-0 221 Jr 3* 4*
CB 2 Mackensie Alexander 5-11 185 RsFr 4* 4* 40 PL Lindley 6-2 262 RsJr 3* 3*
25 Cordrea Tankersley 6-0 195 So 4* 3* CB 15 Zack Sanchez 5-11 179 RsSo 3* 3*
S 20 Jayron Kearse 6-4 205 So 4* 4* 27 Dakota Austin 5-11 164 So 3* 2*
18 Jadar Johnson 6-1 195 So 3* 3* 6 Stanvon Taylor 5-10 179 So 4* 4*
S 27 Robert Smith 5-11 210 Sr 3* 3* SS 10 Quentin Hayes 6-0 190 RsSr 3* 3*
15 TJ Green 6-3 195 So 3* 2* 11 Steven Parker 6-1 197 Fr 4* 4*
CB 26 Garry Peters 6-0 185 RsSr 3* 4* FS 13 Ahmad Thomas 6-0 209 So 3* 3*
14 Martin Yoda Jenkins 5-9 185 RsSr 3* 3* 4 Hatari Byrd 6-1 201 So 4* 4*
or 11 Steven Parker 6-1 197 Fr 4* 4*
CB 7 Jordan Thomas 6-1 183 Fr 3* 3*
14 Marcus Green 6-1 177 Fr 3* 3*
2 Julian Wilson 6-2 201 RsSr 3* 3*

Oklahoma switched to a 3-4 defense before the 2013 season, and they are quite large across the front 7. I think they are comparable to the Georgia defense. As a Clemson fan. I'm concerned about Jordan Phillips at NT going up against Ryan Norton. The losses of Geneo Grissom and Julian Wilson for the game really hurt Oklahoma. Outside of Zack Sanchez, I am not too concerned about their secondary, which is talented but relatively young. Sanchez is a ball hawk at corner so that worries me with #18 starting at QB for Clemson. Ian Boyd has a very good piece on the Oklahoma defense

I'm very excited about the Clemson defensive line going up against the Oklahoma offensive line. Clemson is far and away the best unit they've played all season. Clemson has played teams with good offensive lines (BC, FSU.) It will be interesting to see who gets the majority of the snaps at the SAM position.

Clemson ST Oklahoma ST
Pos. # Player Hgt. Wgt. Yr. Scout Rivals . Pos. # Player Hgt. Wgt. Yr Scout Rivals
K 36 Ammon Lakip 5-10 200 Jr 3* 2* K 18 Michael Hunnicut 6-1 180 RsSr 2* 2*
P 92 Bradley Pinion 6-6 230 Jr 3* 3* P 44 Jed Barnett 6-2 215 Sr 2* 2*
KO 92 Bradley Pinion 6-6 230 Jr 3* 3* KO 39 Nick Hodgson 6-2 198 RsSo N/A N/A
LS 75 Michael Sobeski 6-2 220 Sr N/A N/A PC 42 Wesley Horky 6-2 217 Fr N/A 2*
H 32 Corbin Jenkins 5-10 175 Sr N/A N/A KC 89 Connor Knight 6-4 244 RsSo N/A N/A
PR 13 Adam Humphries 5-11 190 Sr 3* 2* H 84 Grant Bothun 5-11 186 Jr N/A N/A
KR 15 TJ Green 6-3 195 So 3* 2* PR 3 Sterling Shepard 5-10 195 Jr 4* 4*
or 5 Germone Hopper 6-0 180 So 4* 4* KR 28 Alex Ross 6-1 221 RsSo 4* 4*

I think this game will be a relatively low-scoring game since Cole Stoudt is starting for Clemson and on the other side the Clemson defense is the best in the country. I'm not very confident in Clemson winning and I think Oklahoma may be able to grind out a win with their run game.