The scholarship offers have started to come in for Springdale High junior Mitch Mustain, with Michigan State and Texas A&M becoming the second and third schools to offer the Bulldog quarterback.
Mustain, who helped Springdale to a 12-1 record and a berth in the state semifinals last fall, was offered a scholarship by Arkansas last summer --before he had ever started a varsity game.
Beck Campbell, Mustain's mother, said Michigan State and Texas A&M called Springdale coach Gus Malzahn to tell of the offers this week.
"I'm really excited because it opens up a lot more doors," Mustain said. "It is a big step."
Mustain said he will attend a junior day at the University of Texas later this month, and Campbell said she expects more offers to start coming in soon.
She said coaches from the Universities of Michigan and Miami have visited Springdale and that other schools such as Georgia, Notre Dame, Kansas and South Carolina have shown interest.
"Whoever has offered by this spring is who we're going to consider," Campbell said.
Last season --his first as a starter --Mustain threw for 2,164 yards and 20 touchdowns for the Bulldogs, completing 139 of 222 (63 percent) of his passes.
He also rushed for 333 yards and 14 touchdowns on 70 carries -- all while only playing in limited action of most games while the Bulldogs were mercy-ruling 10 of their opponents.
Mustain broke his right forearm during a semifinal loss to Little Rock Central, an injury which will keep him from playing baseball this spring. He expects to participate in spring football practice, however, and to be 100 percent in August.
"(Baseball) is something I've done since I can remember," Mustain said. "It's tough because we've hopefully got a big year coming up, but you've got to set your priorities, and right now mine's on football."
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