Mustain Mania

Springdale quarterback Mitch Mustain is working his way through a list of offers that now totals 25 and could be down considerably by mid-June.

Imagine listening to the radio and having everyone offer up an opinion on where they think - or pretend to know for that matter - where you are going to play your college football.

Listening to Sports Rap last week, Springdale junior quarterback Mitch Mustain (6-3, 200, 4.7) - the state's most-talked about 2006 prospect - heard several people offer up their opinions or their so-called inside information on his future.

"It's a bit overwhelming and kind of odd," Mustain said. "Lots of people seem to think they know for sure where I am going, but I don't know how they could. I don't even know. It's a hard process and I am just going to continue to go through it and eventually pick a school when it feels right."

What he does know right now is that he has 25 different options. That's how many schools have officially put valid scholarship offers in front of the polite and well-mannered young man with a big arm.

During the spring Mustain - who completed 63 percent of his passes this past season - has taken visits to Arkansas, Texas, Notre Dame, Michigan, Louisville, Michigan State, Iowa, Kansas and Texas A&M.

He'll be on the Ole Miss campus Sunday for a Nike Combine.

Waves of coaches have poured into Springdale this spring with those of Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Michigan, Texas A&M, Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Florida, Virginia, Miami and South Carolina already dropping by and Notre Dame's Charlie Weis due in Friday.

"I think its been great for all of us because all of our players have got a chance to be seen and will again when spring practice starts next week," Mustain said.

Mustain - who threw for 2,164 yards and 20 touchdowns and ran for 330 yards and seven more scores despite playing an average of just over a half a game - was on Arkansas campus visiting the Razorback coaches last Thursday and UA quarterback Roy Wittke was in Springdale on Monday.

"I called them and just went up for a visit (on Thursday) ," Mustain said. "It's good to just touch base with them and see what's going on. I like going down and talking to them and going through some things."

Once school is over, there is likely going to be a trip to Miami and definitely one is scheduled to Texas on June 5th and stay for a couple of more days.

"I was going to go to Florida on May 30th, but they just got a commitment so that doesn't make sense now," Mustain said. "As far as the other camps and visits, we are just getting those lined up now."

A contingent of seven - Arkansas, Texas, Texas A&M, Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame and Louisville - are some that are certainly legitimate options per Mustain.

He knows everyone would love to hear clues on when his decision will be made and where he might be going.

"To be honest, we really haven't narrowed it down yet, but that is something we are going to be doing soon," Mustain said of a target narrowing down date of sometime in mid-June . "Certainly a lot of factors like Florida getting a commit - helps and slowly but surely it is working itself out."

He would like to have a decision before the season starts.

"Ideally I would have it worked out by then," Mustain said. "But I'll work it out and go where I feel comfortable and have that decision whenever it feels right."

Mustain is aware of how many Razorback fans can't stomach the thought of him wearing a Texas uniform because of the hatred built up when the two were rivals in the SEC - a time that ended with regular matchups not long after Mustain was born.

"I see a lot of stuff on the internet about that and have some people talking about it," Mustain said. "But for the younger generation, that really doesn't come into play. It won't be a factor in my decision. I think I would be really dumb to not check out all these schools and make the best decision."

One thing Mustain - who is one of five Springdale players with multiple Division I offers - is very anxious to happen is for spring practice to begin next Monday.

"I think we are all very excited about finally getting to spring practice and starting what will be a great year," Mustain said. "It kind of wears on you not being able to get back out there."

Springdale will no doubt be a consensus No. 1 pick this season after a a 2004 campaign that ended with Mustain getting hurt in the second quarter of a semifinal round loss to eventual champion Little Rock Central.

"I think that gave us a little extra motivation and our team has really worked hard this offseason getting ready, getting better and working toward having a great year," Mustain said. "That is the main thing on everyone's minds."


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