Countdown to Signing Day: Clemson recruiting competing among top teams

Clemson's Brent Venables watches BHP vs Pendleton at Belton-Honea Path High School in Honea Path. Clemson commit BHP's Kendall Joseph was playing both offense and defense against Pendleton.

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Clemson's Brent Venables watches BHP vs Pendleton at Belton-Honea Path High School in Honea Path. Clemson commit BHP's Kendall Joseph was playing both offense and defense against Pendleton.

Last week, we examined how Clemson was keeping pace in the current recruiting cycle, which only saw a bump with 4-star WR Trevion Thompson committing.

Last year around this time, we took a look at the recruiting class averages and some of the more consistent programs. At the time, Alabama, Oregon, South Carolina, Stanford and Kansas State were the only back-to-back top-15 programs.

All but Kansas State made a return trip in 2013. Here's the updated averages...

Team 2013 AP Final Ranking 7-year recruiting rating avg.
South Carolina 4 20.3
Alabama 7 3.6
Oregon 9 19.3
Stanford 11 29.4

Unlike the group Clemson's in below, Stanford jumps out as the outlier with a non-25 average. They had a 247 Composite ranking of 51 for last year's class, which is skewed because of only an 11-man class (six rated four-stars).

South Carolina has been steady with as high as No. 6 and as low as 39 in the six-year span, while Alabama just blows everyone away.

The Tigers are one of seven teams to make consecutive top-10 polls, which all averaged top-25 classes over six years, and among that group, Clemson has the fifth-highest average class (18.2).

Team 2013 highest rank 6-year recruiting rating avg.
Florida State 1 8.3
South Carolina 4 22.7
Clemson 7 18.2
Alabama 7 2.2
Oregon 9 17.7
Stanford 10 25
Ohio State 10 7.2

Troubling for the Tigers, moving forward, is how FSU is basically 10 spots ahead of them over the last six years.

Interesting but not all too surprising, the last three national champs have averaged a top-10 class over six years.

All teams in both groups currently are on track for top-22 classes in 2014, with Alabama (1), Ohio State (2) and Florida State (4) pacing the crowd (Clemson is No. 14).

Recruiting geography

Clemson has five on campus and 13 more expected to enroll as current commits for the 2014 season.

This class has as many from Georgia as the home-state (6), with five of the top-21 players from the Peach State on board.

They're targeting another Alabama product (Tennessee 4-star DL commit Cory Thomas) as well as at least No. 7 from Ga. (uncommitted 4-star DL Andrew Williams).

We started tracking where the Tigers are signing the top talents last year, which began to show signs of a bigger presence in Georgia. If everything falls right, they could make up a second-highest 17-percent-plus of the signees over a five-year period. In 2012, Georgia didn't produce a single signee for the Tigers.

N.C. is seeing a near two percent raise, and Florida, one percent, this cycle.

Clemson is still fairly national as well with 12 different states represented, including three that hail from New York (Isaiah Battle, Chad Kelly and Ebenezer Ogundeko) and now two from Maryland (Dorian O'Daniel and Justin Falcinelli) - and of course, now stretching out to Hawaii with redshirt defensive tackle Scott Pagano.

State No. of commits/signees Pct.
South Carolina 41 41.4%
Georgia 17 17.2
North Carolina 15 15.2
Florida 10 10.1
Alabama 5 5.1
New York 2 2
Maryland 2 2
HI, OH, TN, Ark 1 each 1 per

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