Taking it Easy

With several colleges coaches and fans waiting to hear what the next step is in the recruiting process of Springdale quarterback Mitch Mustain, he's just trying to take it easy.

Football Camps one week, Church camp the next, passing out water bottles and soon to be selling fireworks.

Doesn't sound like a glamorous life for the nation's top prep quarterback, but it does sound like what goes in the world of a young man looking to relax.

While University of Arkansas football fans continue to wait to find out which the 26 schools that have offered Springdale quarterback Mitch Mustain will officially make his short list, he's just chilling out.

""We may try to narrow it down and get our list out before too long," Mustain said minutes after the Arkansas High School Coaches Association Al--Star Game ended Friday night at Reynolds Razorback Stadium. "This next week I am just going to sit back, work at a fireworks stand and have some fun."

Arkansas and Texas are two of the schools that Mustain took a second look this spring and he is unsure right now if he will scheduled any more unofficial visits before narrowing the list.

"I've tried not to think about it a whole lot to be honest with you," Mustain said. "It's just been nice doing some different things than just worrying about football and recruiting."

Mustain sported a number 52 West All-Star jersey as he worked the sidelines as a manager for Springdale head coach Gus Malzahn on Friday night in a game they West won 28-13.

He concluded a week where he had hung out with the All-Stars while helping out Malzahn.

"This was a lot of fun this week," Mustain said. "Being with these guys was nice. A lot of them I had never met. I had played against a lot of them, but it was neat to get to meet them, hear some of their ideas. It was hot out there, but this game was awesome. It was just a ton of fun."

Arkansas signee Brandon Barnett flourished in Malzahn's offense and was named the MVP after scoring three touchdowns.

"His system is good for everything - the pass and the run," Mustain said. "Brandon showed he could do a lot of things. Everybody got to show what they can do."

Mustain is one of five Springdale players that have been offered scholarships by Arkansas along with tight end Ben Cleveland, wideouts Damian Williams and Andrew Norman and offensive lineman Bartley Webb.

The Red Bulldogs will begin 7-on-7 practice on Monday with tournaments in Los Angeles and Hoover, Ala., highlighting the slate.

"It's a big month for us, and we are really starting to think about Springdale football and next season," Malzahn said. "We start Monday at our place and we will travel somewhere every weekend in July. And then after then, there is no looking back as we head into practice and the season."

The Springdale 5 - as they have become to be be known - soon be making moves when it comes to recruiting very soon.

"I think we are starting to narrow it down and I think most of our guys are starting to weed things out," Malzahn said. "We'll talk next week and find out where everybody is at."

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