Day after Signing Day: News and Notes

ATHENS - News and notes from the day following Signing Day.

EARLY WORK: Of the 27 players who signed with Georgia on Wednesday, 21 of them made their verbal commitments by the middle of October. The good news about that for the Bulldogs coaching staff is they have been able to spend much of the last three weeks working ahead on next year's recruiting class.

There are pitfalls, though. Among them are player injury or underperformance during a senior season.

Richt sees mostly the positives, he said.

"It's a sign of people's confidence in what we're doing and maybe guys not wanting to miss out on an opportunity if they wait around too long," he said.

ON THE HORIZON: The most die-hard recruiting fans already are excited about next year. Who will be the big names in 363 days? Lilburn running back Caleb King, Darien defensive end Allen Bailey, Greensboro athlete Josh Nesbitt and Washington, D.C., defensive tackle Marvin Austin are expected to top Georgia's wish list.

REACHING OUT: Of's top five recruiting teams this year, only Notre Dame signed more players from out of state than the Bulldogs' 12.

"I think in the past, Georgia has been perceived as a regional recruiter," said Allen Wallace, a national editor for "I think we're going to have to dispose of that label."

GOOD COVERAGE: Incoming safety Reshad Jones has good enough coverage skills to play corner for the Bulldogs if they need him, defensive coordinator Willie Martinez said.

"That's not so far-fetched," Martinez said.

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