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Mustain to decide

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas - The last month has been pretty crazy for Springdale (Ark.) five-star quarterback Mitch Mustain.
The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder Mustain committed to Arkansas on Aug. 15, but decided to re-open his recruitment in December when some things happened in Fayetteville he didn't feel comfortable with.
When asked what exactly made him decommit from the Razorbacks, Mustain wouldn't comment on the situation.
There was some speculation that it had to do with Houston Nutt's firing of quarterbacks coach Roy Wittke, but Mustain wouldn't acknowledge those rumors.
"I'm not going to talk about why I opened things up," Mustain said. "Basically I'm just uncomfortable with a lot stuff.
"I made it clear and told them the issues I had and why I was doing it. I pretty much told them that's the decision I've made and I'm sticking with it, but they're still in it, and really they are. It was a quick conversation and I made it clear on what I plan on doing and why."
Another scenario that has raised a lot of questions towards Mustain is the fact that his former high school coach Gus Malzahn has been hired as Nutt's offensive coordinator in Fayetteville.
Even with the new connection to Arkansas because of Malzahn, Mustain said this will have no influence on his final decision.
"I knew he'd be on the staff in some capacity before I decommitted," Mustain said. "I understood that, I just didn't know what role he'd play. This a decision I made knowing he'd most likely be there and it's a decision I still feel comfortable with."
Mustain's current plans include looking at Tennessee, Arkansas, Alabama and Notre Dame. He even mentioned another school which probably would catch most people off guard.
"I'm actually looking at West Point (Army) too," Mustain said. "That's something that I've been interested in for a long time and it has nothing to do with being here in San Antonio for the Army game, but it's kind of ironic.
"I've only talked to Army a little bit, so really it's those first four teams and I'm still looking at Army."
As far as visits, Mustain said he has yet to set up any officials at the five schools he's looking at and he doesn't plan to make his announcement any time soon.
Several different top prospects will make their decisions public at Saturday's U.S. Army All-American Bowl, but Mustain said he's not going to get caught up in making any rash moves.
"I probably won't announce until around signing day," Mustain said. "I'm planning on taking a few visits this month, but I don't know where and I don't know when they'll be."
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