Mitch Mustain entered college as the nation’s No. 2 high school quarterback recruit, but had a thoroughly disappointing career. He bounced around schools, lost competitions to far less heralded passers like Casey Dick and Aaron Corp, and wound up starting just one game as a senior when USC starter Matt Barkley got hurt.
After five years of hype that never matched his production, Mustain has officially bottomed out.
The 22-year-old was arrested Tuesday night for the alleged sale of prescription drugs in San Fernando (Cal.) Valley.
In stints at Arkansas and Southern Cal, Mustain combined for a 54.7 completion rate on 221 pass attempts. He threw 13 touchdown passes compared to 12 interceptions. Mustain was invited to no postseason all-star games, and will not participate in the NFL Combine later this month.
In the aforementioned 2010 spot start, Mustain completed 21-of-38 passes for 183 yards, no touchdowns, and an interception. He was woefully inaccurate in the game, and the Trojans fell 20-16 to Notre Dame.
Mustain was rated ahead of Tim Tebow and behind only Matthew Stafford among prep quarterbacks in 2006.
But don’t let that spoil the rest of National Signing Day.