When you say "no mention of what we have here"... are you talking about in media articles or just on this site? I think you can expect a fan site to mention the good things once... and the bad things 1000 times... until the bad things get addressed and become good things. If we weren't talking amongst ourselves, it would be different. I seriously doubt members of this site go outside of this site and post our problems on other sites.
I see this site about like I see a football or basketball practice. Ten minutes on the things we did right... and the rest of the day focusing on the mistakes that need fixing. Am I wrong?
The article linked in post #1 was written by Trey Labat, not Kevin Foote!
Most of the guys in any high school program that are recruited are 3 or 4 year starters, they're good enough in the 10th grade to play varsity.
It's a viscous cycle. The h/s coaches have to deal with the parents. Often a team will have a kid that is talent wise miles ahead of the team. Team is built around that player. Team is good, college coaches come around. Parents see their child as equal to the stud player, questions get asked of coaches. H/S coach then put in a position by parents and tells them what they want to hear not to upset the team. Throw in the local factor, there is the situation you described, little old UL. Rinse and repeat.
This happens across the country. Just look at the kids out of Barbe High School. Boat load of talent the past few years with the grades to go. Many end up back in high school at Ryan Street High. We are not and never desired to be a 1-AA/FCS program. Coming back "home" isn't always an option.