Can Miles steer Mustain away from Hawgs?

Les Miles logged a huge catch in the Class of 2005 when he picked up Ryan Perrilloux's signature on National Signing Day. <br><br> Miles was successful at landing one of the top quarterbacks in the country then and he hopes he can follow that up with one of the best in the ‘06 class in Mitch Mustain.

Mustain, a 6-3, 200-pounder from Springdale, Ark., is one of the top signal callers in the country and he headlines a talented crop of prospects in the Razorback State that have their eye on LSU.

After waiting for two years to take over the helm at Springdale, Mustain seized the opportunity and led his squad to 12 consecutive wins before he broke his arm in the semifinals of the state playoffs.

His season may have ended on a sour note with the injury but he had to be pleased with his individual performance. He completed 63 percent of his passes for 2,160 yards and 20 scores against only seven interceptions. His numbers would have been much higher if not for a mercy rule that protects teams from running up the score against their opponents.

When college recruiters scouted Mustain during his junior year they saw a phenomenal talent that has a lot to look forward to in the future.

"I think I have a good mix of speed and arm strength," said Mustain, who added another 14 touchdowns on the ground to his 20 through the air last year. "I am not the biggest guy out there as far as quarterbacks go but I make good decisions. I do not do a lot of things that get you beat."

It may only be March, but the list of college suitors that have already extended scholarship offers to the blue chip prospect is impressive. Thus far, Arkansas, Michigan, Michigan State, Texas, LSU, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Houston, Louisville and Georgia Tech are among the 14 offers he has picked up.

Miles had his eye on Mustain from his days at Oklahoma State and as soon as he got settled in at LSU he offered the standout signal caller a scholarship.

Some wonder whether or not the Tigers have a legitimate shot at landing a quarterback of his caliber with only one year separating him and Perrilloux.

"That could play a factor but it will not be the deciding factor," Mustain said. "I want to go in and red shirt my first year and then have a chance to compete for the job the following year."

With that said, where does LSU fit into the grand scheme of things?

"I like LSU because it is a very successful program," he said. "I hope to talk to their coaches soon and see what they have to say. LSU is one of the schools I want to check out and that I am definitely interested in."

Mustain lives less than 10 minutes from Fayetteville and the campus of the University of Arkansas so he knows what the Razorbacks have to offer. Some think he will ultimately end up staying home to play his college ball but that is not a done deal just yet.

"I grew up an Arkansas fan but honestly I am wide open right now," he said. "If I can find somewhere I am comfortable and can be successful then I am open to anywhere."

Mustain has the talent to play anywhere he wants and he also has the grades to go anywhere he wants. He sports a 2.8 grade point average and a 28 on the ACT so the possibilities are endless.

The big question is where will he end up?


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