The ACC's most bitter rivalries begin now, in the living rooms of recruits in their home states. Florida State vs. Miami. Virginia vs. Virginia Tech. North Carolina vs. NC State.
Who wins now determines who wins later. Which ACC recruiting rivalry is the best?
Noles vs. Canes: Miami coach Al Golden added a whole new twist to the program's rivalry with Florida State when he hired former FSU assistant James Coley as his offensive coordinator. Coley, once one of the Noles' top recruiters, is now recruiting against his alma mater, and he's doing it from his hometown.
He's got some catching up to do, if in-state recruits are a priority.
As of right now, Florida State has 18 commitments, including 14 from within the state of Florida. Miami has 14 commitments, but only three of them are from in-state. FSU has the No. 10 class in the country, and Miami is ranked No. 23. Both are fortunate to be in a hotbed of recruiting -- there is enough talent in the state for both Golden and FSU coach Jimbo Fisher, but they will often cross paths as they compete for the same players.
Commonweath Cup: Virginia and Virginia Tech are also competing for talent within their home state. So far, the Hokies are winning, as 14 of 22 players in their class are from Virginia. More importantly, three of them -- safety Holland Fisher, athlete Cequan Jefferson, and offensive guard Braxton Pfaff, are elite prospects in the ESPN 150 or ESPN 300. Virginia Tech has the No. 16 class in the country and UVa is No. 33. Of Virginia's 20 commits, nine are from in the state.
The 'flagship' schools: North Carolina coach Larry Fedora, who is heading into his second season, is one step ahead of rival NC State, which recently hired Dave Doeren to replace Tom O'Brien. Doeren and his staff, a midwestern-based group, had some homework to do in ACC country. His first class is comprised of 24 commits, including 10 from within the state. On paper, Fedora has a more talented class, with four ESPN 300 players and one from the ESPN 150. Eight of his 18 commits are from North Carolina.
Which ACC rivals have the best in-state recruiting rivalry? Cast your votes now.