Star Ratings-Defense


  by - Radio Host - Wednesday, August 28, 2013 7:04 AM
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Star Ratings-Defense

Like most of you, I don't think the star system used by recruiting websites is the best criteria to use in judging a football team.  Player development and scheme also have a lot to do with a team’s success.  However, a few of our readers asked that I break down Georgia players and share how many stars they had coming out of high school.  I decided to include both Clemson and Georgia for you to use as a reference point.  I have also included some notes for each position.  
Yesterday I broke down the offenses, so today I will look at the defenses.  Again, the star system is not the only criteria that should be used to evaluate, but below is how many stars each player on the defensive depth charts released Monday had according to Rivals.com:

Defensive Line
Clemson

Corey CrawfordCorey Crawford
Jr. Defensive End
#93 6-5, 270
Columbus, GA

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4
Tavaris BarnesTavaris Barnes
RS Jr. Defensive End
#9 6-3, 270
Jacksonville, FL

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4
Kevin DoddKevin Dodd
So. Defensive Tackle
#98 6-4, 280
Taylors, SC

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4

Grady JarrettGrady Jarrett
Jr. Defensive Tackle
#50 6-1, 290
Conyers, GA

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3
DJ Reader 3
Carlos WatkinsCarlos Watkins
So. Defensive Tackle
#94 6-3, 300
Mooresboro, NC

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3

Josh WatsonJosh Watson
RS Jr. Defensive Tackle
#91 6-4, 285
Wilmington, DE

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4
DeShawn WilliamsDeShawn Williams
Jr. Defensive Tackle
#99 6-1, 285
Central, SC

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3

Vic BeasleyVic Beasley
RS Jr. Defensive End
#3 6-3, 225
Adairsville, GA

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3
Shaq LawsonShaq Lawson
Fr. Defensive End
#90 6-4, 260
Central, SC

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4

Georgia
Garrison Smith 4
John Taylor 4

Mike Thornton 4
Chris Mayes 4

Sterling Bailey 4
Ray Drew 5
Notes:Georgia plays multiple fronts but lists its primary front as a 3-4.  Clemson has brought back 9 of its top 10 defensive linemen.  Last year was full of growing pains because Clemson’s group had no experience, but it improved as the year went on and is now considered a strength.  Georgia lost all three starters but has recruited well for the position.

Linebackers
Clemson

Quandon ChristianQuandon Christian
RS Sr. Linebacker
#34 6-2, 225
Lake View, SC

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3
TJ Burrell 3

Stephone AnthonyStephone Anthony
Jr. Linebacker
#42 6-2, 235
Polkton, NC

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5
BJ Goodson 3
Kellen JonesKellen Jones
RS So. Linebacker
#52 6-1, 215
Houston, TX

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4

Spencer ShueySpencer Shuey
Gr. Linebacker
#33 6-3, 230
Charlotte, NC

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3
Tony StewardTony Steward
Jr. Linebacker
#7 6-0, 235
Hastings, FL

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5

Georgia
James DeLoach 3
Leonard Floyd 4

Ramik Wilson 4
Tim Kimbrough 4

Amarlo Herrera 4
Reggie Carter 4

Jordan Jenkins 4
Josh Dawson 4
Notes:This is where stars can be deceiving.  Shuey is a three-star that has played more than Steward, who is a five-star.  Anthony has not played up to his five-star billing yet.  Again, Georgia has recruited well in this position, but this is another inexperienced group.

Secondary
Clemson

Garry PetersGarry Peters
RS Jr. Cornerback
#26 6-0, 195
Conyers, GA

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4
Bashaud BreelandBashaud Breeland
RS Jr. Cornerback
#17 6-0, 195
Allendale, SC

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3

Travis BlanksTravis Blanks
So. Defensive Back
#11 6-0, 190
Tallahassee, FL

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4
Jadar JohnsonJadar Johnson
Fr. Defensive Back
#18 6-1, 180
Orangeburg, SC

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3
Korrin WigginsKorrin Wiggins
Fr. Defensive Back
#12 6-1, 185
Durham, NC

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3

Robert SmithRobert Smith
Jr. Safety
#27 5-10, 210
St. George, SC

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3
Taylor WatsonTaylor Watson
RS Jr. Safety
#30 5-10, 205
Simpsonville, SC

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-Walk-on

Darius RobinsonDarius Robinson
Cornerback
#8 5-10, 175
College Park, GA

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4
Martin JenkinsMartin Jenkins
RS Jr. Cornerback
#14 5-10, 180
Roswell, GA

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3

Georgia
Sheldon Dawson 3
Brendon Langley 4

Connor Norman-Walk-on
Corey Moore 4

Tray Matthews 4
Quincey Mauger 3

Damian Swann 4
Shaq Wiggins 4
Notes:Both teams have major question marks in the secondary.  Both secondaries will get tested Saturday night because they will be facing two of the nation's best offenses.  On paper, these units look like the weaknesses of both defenses but may hold the key to victory.


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Defensive Tackle
#98 6-2, 310
Thomasville, GA

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