"I'm not worried about Virginia Tech," said Jeff Hanson, U.Va's recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach. "They're going to get theirs, and we're going to get ours.
For what it's worth, that's the Frankinator's party line.
"Hampton Roads, Tidewater and that 757 area code is always going to be very, very important to us, because there's a lot of players down there, but there's enough to go around for Virginia Tech and Virginia."
In terms of the 2013 recruiting class, with Newsome and offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring heading up the Hokies' recruiting efforts in Hampton Roads, Tech has the lead on U.Va. when it comes to garnering commitments from Hampton Roads prospects.
Tech has 11 commitments, five of which are from the Peninsula or Southside, including Deon Newsome, offensive tackle Parker Osterloh (Warhill), linebacker Andrew Motuapuaka (Salem in Virginia Beach), cornerback Charles Clark (Kings Fork) in Suffolk and highly-touted quarterback Bucky Hodges (Salem).
"I don't get into a rivalry when I'm recruiting," said Stinespring, who resumed his Hampton Roads recruiting duties in January 2011 after concentrating on recruiting in southwest and central Virginia for nearly five years before 2011. Curt Newsome, a Phoebus High graduate, and Jim Cavanaugh focused on Hampton Roads during that five-year span.
"I concentrate on what we're doing, how we're doing it and doing it to the best of our ability. That's where you should focus your efforts on, and not what anybody else is doing or any other parameters in recruiting."
U.Va., which has only about 20 scholarships (five below the NCAA maximum of 25 per year) to offer the '13 class according to Hanson, made offers to all of the aforementioned Hampton Roads area players except Motuapuaka. U.Va. has six commitments for the '13 class, including just one from Hampton Roads — wide receiver Zack Jones (Oscar Smith in Chesapeake), who didn't have an offer from Tech.
Since London has been in charge, UVa has gotten some top players that Tech's wanted, but for the most part the Hokies have fleeced the Hoos.