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
1:17 pm

Maybe it’s just me but I personally took this article as a sort of follow-up to all the reports of late that detail the differences between Coach Richt’s views on recruiting and Coach Johnson’s. Mainly how they differ in “commitment.” Johnson is widely known now as the coach who yanked a commitment from a player who was having last minute second thoughts. Richt, on the other hand, has said since that he is very careful to offer young men and that once he extends an offer, he couldn’t envision pulling that commitment later. Now, we see that it’s a litle deeper than that in that he places the ultimate outcomes of his recruiting offers in God’s hands. This is just a simple difference of opinion and belief from Johnson. It’s not a knock against Johnson or Richt. One of them offers carefully and then prays and trusts God, the other offers a bit more quickly and takes control of the situation himself if problems come up in the recruiting process after a young man verbally “commits.”

Calm down folks. Last I checked, the article nor Coach Richt have said anything against people who aren’t Christians or people who don’t pray. That’s the common misconception perpetuated by non-Christians…that people like Richt place themselves on a pedestal or think they are better than those who disagree with their beliefs. Anyone who is a Christian and is truly following the faith as it is laid out by God and Jesus (believed to be one in the same) in the Bible will glady tell you they are called to love all people, not just the ones who share their religious beliefs.

Greg Pruitt

March 4th, 2009
1:15 pm

God must surely be black since all the recruits he sends to Athens these days are African Americans

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Big EC

March 4th, 2009
1:02 pm

BR I agree that Coach Richt is our coach and I want him to stay at Georgia for a very long time, but be careful about your appraisal of Coach Paul Johnson. He is a good man. He wants the same thing for Georgia Tech that Coach Richt wants for Georgia. Having been around Coach Johnson when he was the Offensive Coordinator at Georgia Southern back in the ’80s, I can tell you that he is Godly man and takes his position as head coach at Georgia Tech as a purposeful position that God has placed him. I love the Dawgs and to heck with Georgia Tech, but Coach Johnson is not a dork. Don’t bring our comments down to the level of the fans of other teams.

JenniferGO Dawgs

March 4th, 2009
1:01 pm

PN “He prays for football? What a joke. Mark Richt is a joke. The south is a joke.”
I feel sorry for you. I am with SCAPPY DO on this. One day you will find yourself in need of him if not right now. I am a Christian also and in reply to your comments. The south is not a joke nor is Mark Richt. You need a life lesson.


March 4th, 2009
12:52 pm

Probably also rubs a rabbits foot while chanting witchcraftery slogans. Hocus Pocus give me the TE from Tampa!

Get a life AJC and Richt and quit swaying the youth of tomorrow with superstition based on Medieval traditions.


March 4th, 2009
12:51 pm

Did you nuts even read the article? The dude is basically saying that he prays that he can get the players that he can have the most impact on. Why is there something wrong with that?


March 4th, 2009
12:50 pm

“Richt, and the coaching staff (who are all good Christians to my knowledge) to help mold these kids into young men.”

Yup he’s done a real good job of this having 11 players arrested in the off-season. Yup he is molding these guys into criminals. BTW God doesn’t care about football.


March 4th, 2009
12:38 pm

Not only that lets name teams who had better recruiting classes than Ga Tech:

Stanford, South Florida, Miss. St., AND UNC? Are you kidding? Have fun trying to get the ball to Stephen Hill


March 4th, 2009
12:35 pm

Tech fans are pathetic. Who are you to bash a man’s spiritual belief? And compare that to Stephen Hill (who UGA didn’t even want until a scholarship opened up for him) and a 3 point win that happened 1 time in 8 years, then to get stomped 38-3 on national TV? and THEN to have a recruiting class that’s nowhere near the top 10 much less the top 25?

Tech fans need to quit wasting their time trying to talk about their football program.