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 Scout.com'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 Scout.com. "I think we're going to have to dispose of that label."
"That's not so far-fetched," Martinez said.