QB Mustain commits to Arkansas


Published: Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
SPRINGDALE, Ark. - Ending weeks of speculation, Springdale quarterback Mitch Mustain said Monday he would play college football at Arkansas.
Mustain told Gus Malzahn, his former Springdale High School coach and current Arkansas offensive coordinator, about his decision and spoke to Razorbacks coach Houston Nutt.
Mustain, one of the most sought-after prep players in the country, had committed to Arkansas on Aug. 15, but later withdrew that commitment in a meeting with Nutt after Springdale's season ended.
He said Arkansas always was his first choice but there were "some things I wanted cleared up."
The Razorbacks went 4-7 last season. Now, Mustain said he's certain of his decision.
"This time around, I've exhausted every option out there," Mustain told The Morning News in a story posted on the Springdale newspaper's Web site. "This time, I honestly feel better now than I did in August when I committed."
A Springdale school official confirmed Tuesday morning to The Associated Press that Mustain plans to attend Arkansas.
Mustain was named the Parade Magazine Player of the Year after leading Springdale to a 14-0 record and the Class AAAAA state championship. He threw for 3,817 yards and 47 touchdowns this season.
Mustain has never lived more than 20 minutes from Arkansas' campus in Fayetteville. He said his concerns were answered after a meeting Friday at 12:01 a.m. with the entire Arkansas offensive coaching staff. The meeting was held so late to avoid meeting during the NCAA recruiting dead period.
On Monday, Mustain said that with his decision made, he was ready for things to "get back to normal."
He called the decision the most important of his life.
"I'm excited just to get up there and get started," Mustain told The Morning News. "Honestly, I wish I could be up there for the spring I'm so ready to get going."
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    Barthel goes to Division II Arkansas Tech with three years of eligibility and can play immediately. He decided to play football at Arkansas last January after spending four years playing minor league baseball with the Atlanta Braves' organization
  • OLE MISS: Tight ends coach Hugh Freeze is adding another responsibility after he was named recruiting coordinator by coach Ed Orgeron.
    "I feel Hugh Freeze is more than qualified for the recruiting coordinator position, and I am confident he will do an outstanding job," Orgeron said.
    Freeze was moved to an on-field position last week after working last year as the assistant athletics director for football external affairs.
  • CLEMSON: Defensive end Xavier Littleberry was kicked off the team after he violated unspecified team rules, coach Tommy Bowden.
    Littleberry, a redshirt freshman who played just three games last season and had one sack, is a suspect in an assault and indecent exposure incident Dec. 26 at an Orlando hotel where the team was staying, The (Charleston) Post and Courier reported.
    Danielle Tavernier, a spokeswoman for the state attorney's office, said Littleberry has not been charged with a crime, but the office will review the case and make a decision.
    A sheriff's office report said a man later identified as Littleberry exposed himself to a 57-year-old hotel housekeeper and tried to force his way into a room she was cleaning about 9 a.m. the day before Clemson's 19-10 victory over Colorado at the Champs Sports Bowl, the newspaper reported.
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    Gailey announced that Wilson resigned to pursue opportunities in private business. Tight ends coach Tommie Robinson also quit to pursue other coaching opportunities.
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    Kerr had worked three seasons under head coach Karl Dorrell.
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