has been recruiting his native Hampton Roads for most of the past 12 years, first for Colgate
, then James Madison, Old Dominion and, now, Virginia.
never had a signing day like this: Nine of the Cavaliers' 26 recruits hail from the 757.
A graduate of Kecoughtan High, where he
played for current Virginia Tech assistant Curt Newsome, West
deflected credit and dismissed any suggestion that Virginia rules the area.
"I'm always learning," West
"I don't have all the answers.
I just try to work as hard as I can, build the best relationships that I can and build trust."
West, who coaches the Cavaliers' cornerbacks, was well aware that U.Va. had struggled to sell Hampton Roads prospects under former coach Al Groh.
That wasn't the case when West played at Kecoughtan and Cavaliers assistant Tom O'Brien mined the area for players such as Terry Kirby, Chris Slade and Jason Wallace.
"You view it as a challenge," West
"No question, it's a competitive business.
All of us love to win."
"Do you feel like you won today?
"We have a ways to go," West
"No question it's huge," West
"It's a great thing.
So is Chip West, the UVa assistant who was assigned "757" as his recruiting territory.
, who had recruited Hampton Roads for James Madison and most recently Old Dominion, said he
was aware of Virginia's reputation for indifferent recruiting results in his
viewed it as a challenge.