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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186 comments Add your comment


March 4th, 2009
3:54 pm

Holy Crap! God’s a Bulldog? I guess the rest of the SEC is going to Hell.


March 4th, 2009
3:38 pm

To Cameron

Maybe richt should pray for a DC that knows how to stop someone and I will say it again God doesn’t care about football. He cares for humanity has a whole but has no concern over whos playing or the outcome. only delusional uga fans and your coach think God actually cares who comes to play for uga. I am pretty sure he has better things to do.

Also I will say this again Richt does a great job a molding thugs and criminals than molding them into men.

Big Fan

March 4th, 2009
3:36 pm

If there is a God, I serioulsy doubt he gives a sh*t about football and which recruits go where. One of the gayest articles I have ever read.

Phillip Exley

March 4th, 2009
3:32 pm

There is no doubt in my mind that God is using Mark Richt to carry out His plans. Prayer is the single most powerful tool we possess. The sad thing is most people walk around lost in life because they do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Being a great father figure, great example, and great coach to these young men will help them for the rest of their lives. Thanks Coach!


March 4th, 2009
3:31 pm

second paragraph should read,

As long as he’s not trying to force his views on anyone, he’s a-OK in my book.


March 4th, 2009
3:30 pm

I’m not religious, but I like Mark Richt as a person. Adopting those kids really shows me what kind of man he is. He walks the walk.

As long as he’s not trying to his views on anyone, he’s a-OK in my book.

I wish him the best, except when playing the Jackets.

UGA student

March 4th, 2009
3:26 pm

Is it safe to say that Richt isn’t Jesus Christ? I think not.


March 4th, 2009
3:23 pm

One or two of you are making the sloppy assumption that CPJ is not a man of faith himself. What if he holds a surprisingly similar faith to CMR’s?

Too Easy

March 4th, 2009
3:22 pm

thwg: legit win = game played with legit players. Not that they were illegit like you – just not eligible.


March 4th, 2009
3:02 pm

Pago, good luck with that. Maybe 3 out of every 19 or so…