Mustain on 'Cut'

Once Tennessee got David Cutcliffe, Tennessee also got the attention of the nation's top-ranked prep quarterback.

Mitch Mustain of Springdale (Ark.) High School indicated Friday night on the "Countdown To Signing Day" television show that Cutcliffe's return as the Vols' offensive coordinator has put UT in his final four, along with Arkansas, Notre Dame and Alabama.

"Their history shows that they know how to win and that they're going to continue to do that," the 6-3, 205-pounder said of the Vols. "I think them hiring back Coach Cutcliffe really shows they're geared up and heading in the right direction.

"I like that about them and I like Coach Cutcliffe. I've had a chance to visit with him, and I think he knows what he's doing, as he's proved in the past."

Ultimately, Mustain figures the school he signs with on Feb. 1 will be the one where he fits in best.

"I think the final thing will come down to where I feel the most comfortable – as far as where I'm going to be living, where I'm going to be going to school," he said. "And then, of course, the football program – relationships with the coaches and everything. I think all of that combined will be the biggest factor."

Mustain just concluded an incredible senior year, completing 190 of 270 passes for a state-record 3,817 yards. He threw 47 touchdowns passes and just six interceptions, an amazing 8-to-1 TD/interception ratio.

Asked to pinpoint his greatest asset, Mustain singled out leadership, noting: "There's games where I don't get to throw it a whole lot … our running game's on fire. The only thing I can do is kind of keep us going in the right direction … just help out like that, kind of keeping the game rolling."


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