Tobacco Road Recruiting: Ranking the 2013 Commits for UNC, Duke and NC State

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Tobacco Road Recruiting: Ranking the 2013 Commits for UNC, Duke and NC State
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It had become a two-sided affair between Duke and North Carolina in the last couple decades of the Tobacco Road rivalry.

Times are a-changin'.

Head coach Mark Gottfried has put NC State back in the national spotlight after taking them to the Sweet 16 in his first season with the Wolfpack. He has also put together his second top-10 recruiting class in as many years.

The Research Triangle got its third point back, and recruiting just got tougher for Roy Williams and Mike Krzyzewski. The ACC title may no longer be between the Tar Heels and the Blue Devils.

Though Duke snatched up Jabari Parker, UNC and NC State still have a top-five recruit considering their program for 2013. But we won't find out about Julius Randle and Andrew Wiggins until spring.

So who is winning the 2013 recruiting war right now?

The indisputable edge has to go to Coach K, but there is no cupcake on this list. These are nine prime-time players that are sure to have a huge impact on the ACC—not to mention this great rivalry.

While the top player should be obvious, you may be in for a few surprises along the way.


All listed rankings come from the 2013 ESPN 100.

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