UGA coach Mark Richt makes deal with Troup valedictorian candidate

 

Chris Burnette

Chris Burnette

Georgia coach Mark Richt made a promise to Troup offensive lineman Chris Burnette: If you’re the valedictorian, then I’ll be at your graduation to hear your speech.

“[Richt] said he was proud of me, and if it happens, he’ll be there,” Burnette said. “I was honored he said that to me, especially with all the [coaching responsibilities] he has.”

“That would cool to have [Richt] at graduation. He is like a celebrity, and it would be a wild atmosphere with him there.”

Burnette decided against enrolling early at Georgia so he could stay at Troup to compete for the No. 1 academic honor. Burnette has a 5.012 GPA and slight lead over two others in the valedictorian race. He has made straight A’s since kindergarten.

“I was already very motivated, but [Richt saying that] gives me even more,” Burnette said.

Richt told Burnette he has never recruited a valedictorian during his coaching career.

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Jake Jenkins

February 2nd, 2009
1:32 pm

Chris, I’m a junior in high school and I play football and I find my self struggling to keep a 3.5 gpa. I don’t understand how you do it. I’m glad that you decided to become a dawg and I look forward to seeing you play in the future. CONGRATS and goodluck man. GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!

charles

January 25th, 2009
1:32 am

Hey Chris, Super Cool –putting your EDUCATION before football….NOT LIKE SOME OF THE SUPER BASKETBALL PLAYERS,THAT READERS ENCOURAGE TO PLAY 1 YEAR OF COLLEGE , AND THEN TURN PRO….. ONE QUESTION FOR THESE PEOPLE WHAT YOU GONNA DO AFTER SPORTS? DUH!!!!!!!

Old Bulldog

January 24th, 2009
1:02 pm

Chris, I am glad you chose UGA for your college education. The college experience is a lot like life: you get out of it what you put into it. Plan your academic program out and work your plan. Pick a career that you will enjoy and you will prosper. Perhaps you will play in the NFL and get rich one day. I hope so. But always be mindful that only a small percentage of great college players have NFL careers, so plan those academics for law, accounting, education, medicine, pharmacy, theology, or whatever you feel would provide you with the opportunity to have a great life.

coffeenothanks

January 23rd, 2009
9:12 pm

Chris needs to check the rules for Valedictorian in the county. It is NOT based on grades, but on graduating Magna Cum Laude. It then goes to the student who has the highest SAT. Many students have had the highest weighted GPA, graduated no. 1 academically and not named Valedictorian. Good luck on the SAT.

QW

January 23rd, 2009
6:39 pm

I just simply love this guy. I’m glad he’s a DAWG!

BIGSTRICK

January 23rd, 2009
8:50 am

WELL DONE!! WE WELCOME YOU TO BULLDAWG NATION.I WISH YOU THE BEST.

Dr Phil

January 23rd, 2009
3:21 am

chuck allison is a cross dresser. It has a male name and a female name. If you’re done with your advice, get back to serving wine spritzers in the Buckhead ‘alternative’ club.

[...] UGA coach Mark Richt makes deal with Troup valedictorian candidate | College Football Recruiting Blo… Georgia coach Mark Richt made a promise to Troup offensive lineman Chris Burnette: If you’re the valedictorian, then I’ll be at your graduation to hear your speech. “[Richt] said he was proud of me, and if it happens, he’ll be there,” Burnette said. “I was honored he said that to me, especially with all the [coaching responsibilities] he has.” “That would cool to have [Richt] at graduation. He is like a celebrity, and it would be a wild atmosphere with him there.” Burnette decided against enrolling early at Georgia so he could stay at Troup to compete for the No. 1 academic honor. Burnette has a 5.012 GPA and slight lead over two others in the valedictorian race. He has made straight A’s since kindergarten. “I was already very motivated, but [Richt saying that] gives me even more,” Burnette said "So I just went around to the offensive line and said, ‘Just give me some time, let’s just go down the field, just like we normally do. We need two scores. If we can’t score two times, we don’t deserve to wear G’s on our helmet.’" – Joe Cox, 2006 vs. Colorado [...]

Coastal Dawg

January 22nd, 2009
8:38 pm

Chris what a great honor it will be to have you at UGA whether you are a athelete or not… As a Dawg fan, we still need young men like you in our schools for role models. Go Dawgs!!!

Kdawg

January 22nd, 2009
8:12 pm

Hey Chris as a Troup High alum myself, congrats on your academics and as a member of the DAWG NATION we all welcome you to the best college team in the country. When you step foot on the hollow grounds of Sanford Stadium and see all the red and black, the blood starts pumping. May the times you have in Athens be the best of your life…..Go Dawgs