Mitch Mustain Looking at Vols?

Hiring David Cutcliffe is already paying major dividends for the Vols, as All-American quarterback and Gatorade National Player of the Year Mitch Mustain appears to be reconsidering his commitment to Arkansas and is interested in Tennessee.

Cutcliffe had recruited the Springdale, Ark., QB prospect at Notre Dame before he was forced to resign his post with the Irish because of health reasons. Now, according to reports from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Mustain is revisiting the recruiting process.

The catalyst for Mustain's potential decommitment is the dismissal of Arkansas quarterback coach Roy Wittake and return of Cutcliffe to the college coaching ranks. Had Cutcliffe remained at Notre Dame indications are Mitch Mustain would have signed with the Fighting Irish.

In the copyrighted story Mustain's mother, Beck Campbell, describe her son's status as "in limbo" given the shakeups on the UT and UA coaching staffs.

‘Nobody has told us anything," she said in regard to Wittake's impending dismissal. "We read in the papers that Coach Wittake is gone. Nobody has called and told us that. We're like everybody else, waiting to see what they are going to do."

Mustain led national power Springdale to a 15-0 record this season, culminating in the Class-5A state title last Saturday. He completed 190-of-270 pass attempts for 3,817 yards and 47 touchdowns against only six interceptions. He has been selected by Scout.com to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio next month (Jan. 7).

Despite his uncertainty, Mustain won't be making official visits to either Arkansas or Tennessee anytime soon, as he only recently registered with the NCAA Clearinghouse, choosing instead to concentrate on his senior campaign. However his eligibility is not in question.

"People worried about him running off next week and hopping on a plane to Tennessee or wherever, he's not," said Campbell. "They can't even book him a flight; he's not cleared to take any visits.

"I waited until after the season had ended because we really haven't had time to do it. It's not because he's not eligible; he is. We just did what we said we would and focused on the season."

Tennessee is expected to return Erik Ainge at quarterback next spring along with redshirt freshman Jonathan Crompton. Bo Hardegree is the only other scholarship quarterback currently on UT's roster and the competition appears to be wide open. That combined with the late emergence of freshman signal caller Casey Dick at Arkansas this season may also be factoring into Mustain's decision.


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