UGA coach Mark Richt prays for the right recruits


Georgia coach Mark Richt revealed his secret on handling the rigors and stresses of recruiting: He prays.

“I put a lot of things to prayer, and this is one thing I put to prayer. I ask the Lord to ‘Give us the guys that belong at Georgia. The ones that don’t belong, work it out.’ I don’t get too bent out of shape with [recruiting], one way or the other. We’re going to get what we need. We’re going to get the right guys here.”

More than a month after signing day, UGA is still trying to put the finishing touches on its 2009 recruiting class. On Friday, tight end Orson Charles of Tampa will decide between the Bulldogs, Tennessee and Southern Cal. On signing day, Richt displayed a calm and cool demeanor in front of Georgia supporters eager for some last-minute drama. The Bulldogs missed on several high-profile prospects, including Carver-Columbus linebacker Jarvis Jones (signed with Southern Cal) and safety Jawanza Starling (Southern Cal) of Tallahassee, Fla., before watching wide receiver Marlon Brown of Memphis select Georgia in the late afternoon. 

When Brown made his on national TV, there were screams heard outside of Georgia’s football offices. Richt was doing a radio interview at the time, and said some of his assistants were very excited about Brown near the end of the pressure-packed day.

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March 4th, 2009
10:25 am

Hey coach, pray for the stock market instead, and we won’t run the score up on you in Atlanta this year.

Lance Sumner

March 4th, 2009
10:25 am

Do you honestly believe God cares about Georgia football? Without a doubt because he cares about us. I believe Mark Richt to be an honorable Faithful Christian. I believe in the power of prayer and what Coach Richt is doing. I am sure their are other Christian coaches out there that pray over their recruits but you will never hear them make that statement because of how far our society has left their roots.

What if his recruit is a Muslim??? Does he think his god (Yaweh) is the only god?? Maybe God wants to see that Muslim recuit told the truth. And by the way just so you know, There is only one God!

So, Coach Richt you will always have my complete support as you continue to step out in Faith and spread God’s word. I personally thank God for you and the man he has developed within you. As a Youth Pastor, I appreciate men like you who continue to lead boys into Men and give them the opportunity to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Thank you again, and may God continue to Bless you and keep you safe! Amen.


March 4th, 2009
10:24 am

Anybody wonder why it bothers atheists/agnostics so much when religious people pray? Is it somehow an infringement on non-believers’ rights? Or are they just that wrapped up in themselves? Whether Richt’s prayers help or not, it definitely doesn’t hurt.


March 4th, 2009
10:21 am

CMR prays that the right people come to UGA. Not that he prays for the 5-star guy to come to UGA. Ya”ll are missing the point. Also, drunken men are rarely happy.

bank walker

March 4th, 2009
10:18 am

I personally like GMR’s approach. I think prayer is a great thing and should be done more often. He prays about everything he needs help with and that’s what the big man is for. God might not care about “Georgia Fooball”, but he cares about the players and coaches. To answer your question, reason! GO DAWGS!!!!!!!


March 4th, 2009
10:16 am

To start with, you spell God with a capital. Don’t ever believe prayer is a waste. If you live your life trying to do God’s will God will answer your prayers. It happens to people over and over. God may not care about football but he sure cares about Mark Richt. Maybe he wants a certain boy to be in a situation like Georgia. It will happen. Remember, God is unchangable and unstopable.


March 4th, 2009
10:15 am

Tech Nerd: What an insightful comment. Thanks.

Perhaps you should spend as much time comparing what players committed to UGA. UGA is fine without your contributions.

UGA has CMR that is great. Tech has CPJ, that too is good. I am more comfortable with CMR. You and the other 45,000 other fans should worry about your program and your coach. You should worry about whether ESPN is going to pick Tech or South Boise State for the Thursday night game. You should worry about if you will have to buy 2 tanks of gas or 1 tank of gas in order to get your free Tech tickets. Worry about Tech. Blog on a Tech blog. Besides, your break time is very limited at the factory, use it wisely.

Sam Clemmons

March 4th, 2009
10:03 am

What if his recruit is a Muslim??? Does he think his god (Yaweh) is the only god?? Pray for something that matters, not 18 year old recruits. Tell Richt to flip a coin next time, it works just as well. Go Dawgs!!
The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one. — George Bernard Shaw


March 4th, 2009
9:58 am

Do you honestly believe god cares about Georgia football? Or any football for that matter? Nothing fails like prayer.


March 4th, 2009
9:58 am

Sure, Tech nerd,

Except that according to, Georgia’s 2009 recruiting class is ranked higher than USC’s or Oklahoma’s…and waaaaaaayyy higher than Tech’s. Richt’s excellent recruiting has been a key ingredient in winning 82 games in eight years while coaching in the toughest division within the toughest conference in America.

BTW, belated congrats on Tech’s three-point win over UGA this year, the Jackets’ first victory over Georgia (without using ineligible players) since 1990. Enjoy the win as long as you can. It might be many years before you get another one.