Mustain Debuts As State's Top Prospect

FAYETTEVILLE -- Springdale High quarterback Mitch Mustain received three first-place votes to debut as the unanimous No.1 prospect in The Morning News of Northwest Arkansas' Top 30 prospects list.

Mustain has already received more than 25 scholarship offers.

Wynne defensive tackle L.T. Walker debuts in the No.2 spot, while Springdale athlete Damian Williams and teammate offensive tackle Bartley Webb hold down the No.3 and No.4 spots. North Little Rock linebacker Van Stumon comes in at No.5.

Arkansas coaches recently extended scholarship offers to Springdale wide-receiver Andrew Norman (No.6) and tight end Ben Cleveland (No.7), Pocahontas offensive lineman Jim Hart debuts at No.8, followed by Blytheville defensive lineman Kit Coleman (No.9) and Hazen linebacker Nathan Campbell(No.10) round out the top 10.

Shiloh Athlete Receiving Attention
Shiloh Christian athlete Eric Shaffer is anticipating his first Division I football scholarship offer.

"I'm taking the ACT on June 11, after I receive my test score,things are going to pick up," Shaffer said.

Shaffer transferred last semester from Fayetteville High, back to Shiloh where he starred in junior high.

"Shiloh has such a great Christian atmosphere, it's nice to be back," Shaffer said. "Coach (Josh) Floyd really likes to spread the field, our offense is complex."

Shaffer is being recruited by Arkansas, Alabama, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Texas Tech and Utah to name a few.

"I really like Arkansas, Alabama, Michigan, Notre Dame and Texas Tech," Shaffer said. "I've seen coaches from Arkansas, Army, Iowa, Nebraska, Texas Tech and Utah at our spring practices. Those are the ones that I noticed."

Last year, Shaffer hauled in 36 receptions for 696 yards and 4 touchdowns, while rushing for 165 yards and 2 TDs.

Shaffer was recently named a preseason All-American by Max Emfinger and has accepted an invitation to play in Emfinger's All-American game slated to be played in Memphis, Tenn. at the Liberty Bowl in January.

"It's an honor, but I'm remaining focused on the upcoming season," Shaffer said.

Shaffer (5-foot-10, 170 pounds) is being recruited by Arkansas assistant coach Roy Wittke.

"I've attended the Houston Nutt football camp the last few years, so it's given me the chance to really get to know some of the Arkansas coaches," Shaffer said. "Coach Houston and Danny Nutt are both great coaches. I really like coach (Chris) Vaughn, he's always so intense."

Shaffer is leaving his options open for now, but things could change with the right offer.

"The first school to offer me is going to have an impact on my decision," Shaffer said. "It's going to be special. Arkansas has the best facilities, the players are nice and the coaches are down to earth, it's home."

Shaffer runs the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds. He bench presses 280 pounds and squats 480.

Last spring, while attending a Nike Combine, Shaffer posted the third fastest time in the country in the 20-yard shuttle run (3.78 seconds) out of more than 6,000 athletes.

This summer, Shaffer has plans to attend camps at Arkansas, Alabama, Notre Dame and Texas Tech.

"Those are the four scheduled ones, I could also camp at Florida, Michigan or Ohio State," Shaffer said. "They're all possibilities, it just depends on my schedule. I'm going to Eugene, Ore. for a Nike Combine in June, if everything works out."

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