Fans of college football know the name former USC quarterback Mitch Mustain, but not for playing college football. No, he became famous on National Signing Day, when he committed to the University of Arkansas as the number one quarterback in America, and according to some, the overall player of the year.
And... Well, five years and one transfer later, he's still famous for once being the number one high school quarterback in America. His greatest legacy is probably bringing his high school coach, Gus Malzahn, to the NCAA. So it's a little sad--and all too appropriate--that news of his arrest for allegedly selling prescription drugs would break on National Signing Day.
Indeed, Mustain was arrested on Tuesday night as part of a sting operation for an online drug distribution scheme. Authorities haven't elaborated on the details of the case, but either way, the timing is hard to ignore on this one.
Some stories just write themselves, and here's what this one says: Mitch Mustain's story offers a heartbreaking reminder of how quickly things can go wrong for some of the stars taking center stage for today's National Signing Day. It's a reminder that nobody wins anything on Signing Day, and as much as fun as it is to follow along with the madness, it's important to keep things in perspective.
Having said all that, the legend of Willie Williams' 2004 recruiting diary lives on forever:
Miami: Coach Larry Coker picked him up at his Carol City home in a white Cadillac Escalade, then put Williams up at the Mayfair House Hotel in Coconut Grove. Williams' room featured a jacuzzi on his balcony.
Following the campus visit, the recruits boarded a bus with the coaching staff and headed for the Orange Bowl ... ''We'd get to a red light and I would hold on because the bus driver would just take it,'' he said. 'I was thinking the bus driver was crazy. Coach Coker was like, `Willie, we've got police escorts.'"
Auburn: ''The girls at the party were much better than the farmer girls we'd see all day around campus,'' Williams said. ``I was kind of worried all Auburn had to offer was those farmer girls that talked funny. But the girls at the party weren't farmer girls at all. I thought they must have bused them in from Miami.''
Florida: ''I ate so many meatballs, the people there started looking like meatballs ... 'The first night I was OK with eating at the stadium. But when they told me we're going to eat there again, I was a little disappointed. I was like, `Take us to Red Lobster or something.' That's when I pretty much made up my mind. I can't live in a place that don't have any restaurants. What am I going to do — fly home to eat shrimp?''