QB Mitch Mustain Receives a Michigan Offer

Quarterback <b>Mitch Mustain</b> of Springdale, Ark., High School has been keeping in close contact with the University of Michigan football staff. Recently, the talented hurler received a pleasant surprise, an offer to play football for the Maize and Blue. GoBlueWolverine Magazine spoke with Mustain on Thursday; did the Wolverines move up his list of favorites? <br>

Mitch Mustain told GoBlueWolverine that he'd been making regular calls to Michigan, speaking mainly with Wolverine quarterbacks coach Scot Loeffler. Wednesday, however, he spoke with head coach Lloyd Carr, and he received some good news. "I was talking with Coach Loeffler about Michigan and stuff, when coach Carr came on the line," Mustain said. "He asked me if I was seriously interested in playing at Michigan. I said I was and he offered me a scholarship. I have to admit I was bit surprised, but happy. Michigan is a great program and they have a good history of developing quarterbacks."

The offer from the Wolverines ups the number of schools now in the official mix for his services to 13, Mustain said. Besides Michigan, the home-state school, Arkansas, has offered, along with Michigan State, Texas A&M, LSU, Clemson, Oklahoma, Georgia Tech, and others. "I'm pretty open at the moment," Mustain said. "I grew up rooting for Arkansas, they're the only ones down here, but that doesn't mean anything at this stage as there are some great programs that I have an opportunity to be part of. So I'm keeping my options open."

Mustain's teammate, huge offensive tackle Bartley Webb, was also offered by Michigan at the same time. Mustain said the two have not spoken about attending school together. To read the story on Webb (from HawgsIllustrated), click here.

Springdale Head Coach Gus Malzahn told GBW that Mustain was by far the best quarterback he's coached in his 15 years on the sidelines. "He has a very strong arm and can run," Malzahn said. The 6-foot-3, 198-pound Mustain reports a 4.65 in the 40.

Mustain is the No. 5 quarterback on Jim S's National List. As a junior he completed 139 of 222 attempts (62.6-percent) for 2,164 yards and tossed 20 touchdown passes and just seven interceptions. He was a first team All-State and rare junior selection on the Orlando Sentinel's All-South team.

Last season the Springdale Bulldogs took a perfect 12-0 record into their state semi-final contest against Little Rock Central. The Bulldogs fell to the Tigers 30-21 as Mustain suffered a broken arm in the game. He is coming back ahead of schedule and has been throwing daily, though he is taking things cautiously. In about another month he should be getting close to normal, and he's expected to be able to throw normally during the summer, attend camps and 7 on 7 passing camps with his team, etc.

As far as his recruiting Mustain is taking things cautiously as well, telling GBW he is in no hurry to make a decision. "I want to make sure I fit in wherever I go," he said. "I really don't have a time set for when I want to decide, if I find I'm comfortable with a certain school than I may commit."

He said he will camp this summer at Texas, Arkansas and Texas A&M. Spring practice begins for Springdale on May 11.

(Ed note: the fact that Mustain's broken arm has not slowed down the early offers coming his way, even from U-M, shows just how highly regarded he is.)

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