Final decision: Mustain commits to Arkansas
SPRINGDALE, Ark. -- Ending months of speculation, one of the nation's most sought-after prep players said Monday that he would play college football at Arkansas.
Quarterback Mitch Mustain told Gus Malzahn, his former Springdale High School coach and current Arkansas offensive coordinator, about his decision Monday afternoon and spoke to Arkansas coach Houston Nutt later in the evening.
The player had committed to Arkansas on Aug. 15, but later withdrew that commitment in a meeting with Nutt after the Razorbacks finished their season 4-7. He said Arkansas always was his first choice but he had "some things I wanted cleared up."
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 is one of the nation's most sought-after prep players and was named the Parade Magazine Player of the Year. He has never lived more than 20 minutes away from the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville.
Mustain 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.
Mustain said Monday 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 newspaper. "Honestly, I wish I could be up there for the spring I'm so ready to get going."
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press
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