Coveted quarterback narrows list to a final four

Updated: December 23, 2005, 3:33 PM ET
Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas has three main competitors in the Mitch Mustain sweepstakes -- Notre Dame, Tennessee and Alabama.

Mustain, one of the nation's top quarterback prospects, appears to have narrowed his search to those four schools. The Springdale star announced in August he planned to attend Arkansas, but he reopened his recruitment earlier this month.

Mustain was in Atlanta this week for Fox Sports Net's "Countdown to Signing Day" show. While there, he spoke to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

"It's Notre Dame, Tennessee and Alabama a little bit," Mustain told the paper Wednesday. "And I still like Arkansas."

Mustain's mother, Beck Campbell, confirmed the list Friday.

"That's pretty accurate," Campbell told The Associated Press. "I think at this point that pretty well sums it up."

Campbell said Mustain will try to make some official visits in January, and that it is hard to anticipate how much time he'll need before making a decision. National signing day is Feb. 1.

"I'm looking for a place where I'm comfortable," Mustain told the Journal-Constitution. "The first thing is where I'm going to be living. I want to enjoy that."

Mustain threw for 3,817 yards and 47 touchdowns this season, leading Springdale to a Class AAAAA state championship. He was named Gatorade national player of the year, and he will be named Parade Magazine player of the year in its Jan. 1 issue.

Mustain's coach at Springdale, Gus Malzahn, was named Arkansas' offensive coordinator two weeks ago after months of speculation that he would move up to the college level. But that didn't stop Mustain from considering other schools.

"When he was still my coach, I knew he would be on the staff at Arkansas somehow," Mustain told the Journal-Constitution. "But I decided to open it up anyway. He's capable of handling that job on his own."


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