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."