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
4:24 pm

Just so everyone knows, GT actually BEAT UGA in football this past fall. 45-42. Word is they might get rings, but that might be seen as silly…but that’s the word…


March 4th, 2009
4:23 pm

Most of you are missing the point COMPLETELY. This isn’t about football and landing 5-star recruits and winning national championships. Richt’s praying that the “right recruits” will come to Athens. The people who are physically, emotionally, and spiritually meant to come to UGA. Richt knows there’s a lot more to life than football, and that’s what he’s praying for.


March 4th, 2009
4:15 pm

Typical religious zealot thinking: if it works out well it’s because of prayer, but if it doesn’t then god didn’t intend for it to happen. GEEZZZ, I’m a dawg fan to the core, but this is so ridiculous it’s almost comical. Richt makes millions each year, and this is what makes him tick? The mental-midget, grade-school approach of the bible-thumpers knows no bounds.

The General Feeling

March 4th, 2009
4:12 pm

I bet Coach Richt also prayed that David Cutcliffe would take the job at Duke.


March 4th, 2009
4:10 pm

I am extremly concerned by this article. I believe Richt to be an upstanding individual, but why would he have the AJC right this article? Does he have any motives behind it? A kid is about to announce in 2 days where he wants to sign and now this article comes out. And Richt, being a man of God, should know you don’t need to publicize prayer. People don’t need to know he is doing this. Jesus himself went off in private to pray. Remember His command from Matthew.

Matthew 6:5-6: “And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men….when thou prayest, enter into thy closet and when thou has shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret….”

I wish Coach Richt would take this to heart. When he goes on a mission trip, or prays for his players, we don’t need to know about it. That is between him and God. I wish he would just decline the interview and keep it to himself. I believe that’s what God would want. Coach is spending to much time with the press in my opinion. God knows what you’re doing and if you’re doing it for His glory, you don’t need to tell millions of people. I would hope coach would never do this to benefit himself.


March 4th, 2009
4:07 pm

First of all, I am very proud of Coach Richt and what he stands for. Because of him, hundreds of young men and now hundreds of readers have heard the gospel of Jesus Christ. At this point it is up to you what to do with it. For the rival fans who have been supportive of Coach Richt and can see the difference between football rivalries and life, thank you. Best of all, for those who have made negative remarks about prayer and about Jesus, He still loves you and wants you to come to know Him as your Lord and Saviour. Football is great guys, but there is so much more–I pray that all will see that. God bless and go Dawgs!


March 4th, 2009
4:04 pm

Yeah, he prays that Rodney Gardner doesn’t leave.

LSU fan

March 4th, 2009
4:02 pm

GT people need to remember one thing: 38-3 and it could have been much worse if the Rajin Cajuns had not let up. You disgraced your school and your conference. You win a game by 3 points and put it on your Chicken Bowl losers ring. What a bush league bunch.


March 4th, 2009
4:00 pm

Dear Lord, please help Quincy Carter beat that DWI rap. Amen.

Dave In Tampa

March 4th, 2009
3:58 pm

To Reason and all the other people that want to make fun of CMR’s beliefs. Try it, you might like it. Reason; God cares about everything and everyone. Who do you think truly invented football? The fact that he is not afraid to talk about his belief and trust in the Lord proves that CMR is a class act. Those that knock him for it just keep hiding in darkness. I am 100% sure that Georgia Football is not CMR’s #1 Priority. He talks freely about who is #1 in his life. For that he will be rewarded with many treasures in Heaven. God Bless you Coach Richt!