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
5:45 pm

I drank the kool-aid, too. WHEN I WAS 13. Why don’t you holy-rollers go back under your rock?


March 4th, 2009
5:28 pm

All he said is he prays for the right guys at Georgia. Thats all. I am not attacking that, how can I? He isnt forcing that on anyone, he isnt even asking you to agree.

How about some REGISTRATION OF SCREEN NAMES and accountability on these blogs??????


March 4th, 2009
5:01 pm

Ridiculous – how about PRAYING that he does his job and beats Florida. 39 point defeat, with more talent than the Gators, is disgusting. Walking out of Alltel listening to him brag on how proud he was of his team made me want to puke. He now has a losing record against SOS at UF, Zook ( who was fired!) and Meyer (2-6 total ). Is there a more underachieving team in America year in and year out? All this in a state with a huge talent pool & and an athletic association that perpetually ranks in top the 5 in profitability…Not to mention $250.00 donation requirements for the worst seats in the house, not to mention taking away all tailgating parking spaces so that we have to park in the decks, at 25.00 a pop, which were already built and paid for by the tax payers of the state of Ga. BLAH~!

Sven Ottke

March 4th, 2009
4:58 pm

Ah yes, I see the AJC’s selective post deletion is in full effect when truthful commentary is made that is deemed critical. 1st Amendment be darned! Sad, sad, sad.


March 4th, 2009
4:56 pm

Gee, you’d think a Dawg coach would have to pray to Gwad….

What is it with Georgia and religious nut-jobs, anyway?


March 4th, 2009
4:53 pm

I’m praying that someday my kids will make it to UGA.


March 4th, 2009
4:52 pm

georgia is always overrated and has a long history of never leaving the south to play. (except ASU last year)


March 4th, 2009
4:34 pm

3rd thought..

After careful thought, it needs to go into every blog in the AJC dealing with College Athletics. The part about GT beating UGA in 2008 in football…just so everyone knows.


March 4th, 2009
4:32 pm

PS I think it would make the UGA blogs easier for everyone involved if they could include the verbage in my above post about GT beating UGA in 2008.

Just a thought.


March 4th, 2009
4:25 pm

You’re acting like CMR is on the sidelines going “God please help us score one more touchdown!”

Now I don’t personally know Coach Richt beyond a couple of handshakes, but I’m pretty sure his prayers are more that the prospects God can use will come to Athens. And during games that the players are kept safe and that they play to the best of their ability. And that whatever happens, God is glorified.