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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JenniferGO Dawgs

March 5th, 2009
11:54 am

FOR THE LOVE OF HEAVEN…… I am SO SICK AND TIRED of CMR critics and their remarks, last time I checked he is the coach not you, so if you can do better by all means fill his shoes. Until then you have no right to judge him or others. As far as the praying, we should all be doing that in these times, especially with the economy. Prayer does work but ultimately it is God’s will that makes things happen. If it is meant to happen God will make it so. I am praying that the true UGA fans get behind their coach and team and support them, also pray for them, with these critics and “So Called” fans UGA needs both prayer and support. Do Not make a mockery out of prayer. GOOOOOO DAWGS! God bless you this season with no injuries and the right players!


March 5th, 2009
11:39 am

Just wait till the baseball diamond GnaTS! We’re gonna knock you out just like last year!


March 5th, 2009
11:31 am

Look Techies. You know good and well if this same article was written about CPJ you would be bragging about what a great man of integrity he was. Just becasue you hate the team CMR coaches doesnt meen he is a terrible or stupid person. I dont hate paul Johnson. I hate GT. But i dont hate people affiliated with the school, i just hat the school. Im fine with CPJ and think he did a great job of turning you program around in his first season but there is no reason to bash CMR simply because of the school he coaches for. If CMR were techs HC and PJ was the dawgs HC i guarentee the yo would hate CPJ just like you do Coach Richt.


March 5th, 2009
9:49 am

Lets have a recriting prayer meeting at Dogbite Stadium every Friday !


March 5th, 2009
9:47 am

I’m more impressed with the new basketball coach than Richt. Some one should devote some of this limitless UGA blog space to Pete. He took a pack of scrubs to Ky and won. The only bball team worse than UGA is Tech. Both of them should be kicked out of their conferences. I listened to WSB last night to a UGA bball event for the first time in
my life and was delighted that this coach got a very noticeable win. His
enthusiam and devotion is remarkable. How you can find anyone to take on a team in midseason is hard to believe and I’m glad he finally got some spotlight. I hope UGA bball wins the nat champ. This is what college sports is all about. A team that wins all the time is one thing for sure- boring.


March 5th, 2009
9:31 am

Whats funny is that for some reason all of UGA 3rdWorld Nation believes that 4 and 5 A’s deliver championships. In fact I think they believe they are champions. Where can I get this drug ?


March 5th, 2009
9:28 am

After the health of his family this will always be known as “The Richt
Prayer”. Recruits at UGA is always the topic of the prayer meeting.
Pastor Richt knows that with 4 and 5 A’s UGA 3rdWorld Nation will always accept losses. They will never accept recruiting losses. The team should be remonikered as the UGA “Recruiters”.


March 5th, 2009
9:07 am

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:6-7

Kudos to Coach Richt for not being afraid to talk about his faith in Jesus. The responses on here make me wonder if some people even read the article or are just posted based on the headline. Does God care about football? I don’t know but I do know he cares about Mark Richt because Mark Richt is one of His children. I wish I was surprised about some of the comments but I’m not. We always hear how Christians are intolerant but the truth is that the real intolerance comes from the unbelievers toward Christians. But that’s okay- Jesus told us that people hated him and they would hate us too.

BTW — prayer by a believer does work. I can recount tons of answered prayer in my life.

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6

Nothing offends an unbeliever more than those who dare to believe.

Dawg fan

March 5th, 2009
8:48 am

Hey Doug, this is a sports blog. It is not a ‘Bush didn’t screw up this country’ blog. You can find political blogs somewhere else.

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