College football recruiting is a strange thing. Sometimes coaches turn to persistent calling to woo a superstar. Some text message nonstop. Others even rip off their shirts. Well, Georgia coach Mark Richt has his own unique approach: According to the ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, he prays for them.
(Steve Spurrier plays Abraham in Richt’s biblical take on SEC recruiting.)
Here’s what Richt told AJC reporter Michael Carvell when asked how he handles the stress of recruiting:
“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.”
Well, that’s a new approach. Does that mean that Lane Kiffin is the Lucifer foil to his recruiting Jesus act?
Even if Kiffin is Richt’s personal devil, Georgia’s results seem to be pretty good, so maybe God actually is listening. In his most recent class, Richt landed one of the nation’s top wide receivers, Marlon Brown, and he’s got a 33 percent chance of adding top tight end Orson Charles, who’s deciding between Georgia, USC and Tennessee.
And who would have thought a guy named Orson Charles would create a biblical crossroads in SEC recruiting? Not us, and probably not Kiffin, either. After all, he’s almost surely too busy getting his chest waxed for the next Junior’s Day where he can rip off his shirt. Priorities, priorities.