A few people have discussed the article but it seems substantial enough to have it's own thread.
BLUF: Through interviews with some of the coaches in the area, it seems that the VT (and to some extent, UVA) coaches, have let relationships fall off with some/most of the coaching staffs in the 757/Tidewater/HR area.
Many reasons why this could be the case. The article mentioned Tech's focus on 7vs7 recruiting strategy as well as VT focusing in other areas (NC, for example).
I would have liked to have some quotes from the Tech staff to counter or answer what the coaches are saying. I doubt we aren't recruiting the blue-chip players but I feel that those "margin" players that we can get are cultivated by relationships with the various coaching staffs. I am not saying to take a bunch of marginal players to get in the good graces of a handful of coaches but I feel a good relationship with those coaches should be a goal if not one of the larger priorities of the coaching staff WRT recruiting.
Obviously more $$$ for more staff and some signature wins would help but it's free to pick up the phone and low cost to visit (pre-COVID restrictions) with the coaches throughout the state (cough cough Mack Brown cough).