ATHENS - Mark Richt laughed, perhaps a bit nervously, when the question was asked: Is Georgia interested in Everett Golson, and is it recruiting him?
"Basically, I try to keep any prospects in the same vain, where I don't make any public comments on prospects," Richt said, leaving it at that.
NCAA rules typically prevent coaches from commenting on recruits, but they generally are allowed to say whether or not they're recruiting a player. Florida State's Jimbo Fisher confirmed that he is recruiting Golson, the former Notre Dame quarterback, while South Carolina's Steve Spurrier said Wednesday he is not.
Richt, speaking Wednesday on a post-spring SEC teleconference, was asked where he felt Georgia was at quarterback, and whether he'd mind adding one.
"I think we've got guys who are capable of getting the job done," Richt said, adding: "We've got three on scholarship, which is a number that's not - I'd always feel better with four or five on scholarship, quite frankly, just as a normal practice. But we're just in a year where we have three. So we hope that everybody stays healthy and I think we've got some outstanding ballplayers."
Brice Ramsey, Faton Bauta and Jacob Park are those three quarterbacks. No one has been named the starter, with Ramsey and Bauta considered the co-favorites.
Richt has declined to tip his hand on who's leading, or any sort of pecking order, and on Wednesday presented it as a three-man race.
"Right this minute we came out of spring still feeling like every one of them had the chance to be the guy," Richt said, adding that they spoke to each player at their spring exit meeting on what they have to do to win the job. "I really believe this time between the end of spring and the beginning of fall camp is going to have a lot to do with who wins this job. So we're just counting on our guys to have a great summer and be ready to compete."
Later, Richt was asked if it would be a challenge to keep all three quarterbacks on the team once a starter is named.
"Oh I don't know. I know they're all right in the middle of this race," Richt said. "I don't think any of them would walk away from the opportunity they have at Georgia right now. We know that guys do transfer at all positions, not just the quarterback position. But I certainly wouldn't be transferring when I've got the opportunity to be the guy. So I don't think any of our guys would be thinking in terms of that."
Golson announced last week that he was transferring from Notre Dame, and as a graduate transfer will be eligible immediately. Several outlets have reported that Golson would visit Georgia this week, perhaps as soon as Wednesday.
Florida is one of the schools reported to be interested in Golson, who visited Gainesville on Tuesday, according to SI.com.
"We're always looking to help the organization fill holes where needed. Obviously him mentioning us that's exciting," Florida head coach Jim McElwain said when asked about Golson. "At the same time we're doing it at a lot of different spots. Heading into this year it'll kind of be one of those things that will keep evolving as we go. There will be some opportunities."
But South Carolina, one of Golson's home-state teams, is not pursuing the quarterback, Spurrier confirmed to The State on Wednesday.
"We are not really in that," Spurrier said.