Mustain's Draw Undeniable

When Springdale quarterback Mitch Mustain first committed to Arkansas before the season, he brought instant credibility to the Razorbacks' recruiting class.

When the No. 1 quarterback in the country decides to join your program, people notice. Namely, other recruits.

After Mustain decided to join the Razorbacks initially, Cedric Houston, a receiver the Razorbacks were recruiting at the time, said Mustain's decision immediately moved Arkansas to the top of his list.

The Razorbacks remained at the top of Houston's list until grade problems apparently forced Arkansas to back off the junior college prospect.

This week, when Mustain announced that he once again was pledging to sign with Arkansas on Feb. 1 after reconsidering his options following the season, he once again brought a level of respect to Arkansas.

First, Carlton Salters, a wide receiver from traditional prep power Tallahassee (Fla.) North Florida Christian jumped on board. Then Wednesday, one of Mustain's Springdale teammates --Florida commit wide receiver Damian Williams --said he would take an official visit to Arkansas this weekend along with Mustain.

Williams had hinted for a couple of weeks that he would at least consider visiting the Razorbacks despite repeatedly saying his commitment to Florida was "solid" but Mustain's commitment appears to have sent the speedy Williams for at least one more look at Arkansas before signing day.

Florida isn't letting Williams slip away without a fight.

Despite verbal pledges from a large group of top-flight receivers, Florida coach Urban Meyer is doing his best not to let this one get away.

A pair of Florida's assistant coaches visited the Williams home Thursday night prior to his official visit at Arkansas today. Meyer will try to keep Williams in the Gators fold on Sunday with a visit back to Williams' house just after his visit with the Razorbacks is complete.

Williams was one of two Springdale players to commit to Florida before the season began. The other, tight end Ben Cleveland, changed his mind and verbally committed to the Razorbacks earlier this month.

More Commitments Likely
With 21 players set to make official visits to Fayetteville this weekend, the Razorbacks' list of commitments figures to jump by at least a couple.

Right now, 12 players are committed to sign with the Razorbacks on signing day and one, safety John West, signed at mid-term.

Besides the visits from Cleveland, , Mustain, Williams and Andrew Norman, Arkansas will also host a large group of wide receivers.

Two, Aaron Robinson and Marquez Wade, played high school football together at Atlanta's Martin Luther King High. Dallas Carter's Allen Gardner and Ashdown's Dee Williams will also join.

Williams, who committed early to Houston, is likely to switch his commitment.

Williams might not be the only one to change his mind. Ray Dominguez, a 6-foot-5, 250-pound offensive lineman from Bainbridge, Ga., committed to Southern Miss last week after visiting, but could join high school teammate Malcolm Sheppard in committing to the Hogs.

The Razorbacks would like to sign between 20-22 players in this class, but if many of the players at the top of Arkansas' list want to jump on board, there will be room.

Several players will also come in for visits next weekend, the last before signing day. Four players --lineman Kit Coleman, receiver Duke Calhoun, safety Dan Kreamer and tight end Joseph Inman are already scheduled to visit Jan. 27-29.

New QB On Campus
Mustain won't be the only new quarterback on campus this fall, even after Cullman, Ala., recruit Carson Williams verbally committed to Army last week.

Former Shiloh Christian quarterback Nathan Emert transfered from Missouri Southern to Arkansas after losing his starting job to Adam Hinspeter.

Emert should be familiar with the new strategy of new Razorbacks offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn. Although Malzahn was gone from Shiloh Christian when Emert quarterbacked there, the Saints system was similar under Chris Wood.

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