Former college quarterback Mitch Mustain reportedly has signed a minor league deal with the Chicago White Sox and is planning to attend spring training with the team in March.
Mustain had a disappointing college football career that included one season at Arkansas and three at USC. He played baseball in high school but stopped after breaking his arm his junior season. He says he threw 90 mph during a tryout for a White Sox scout last month, leading to the signing.
Mustain entered Arkansas in 2006 as one of the most decorated college football prospects in recent memory. He compiled a 44-1 record during his career at Springdale High School (Ark.) and set several state records. He played as a true freshman on the 2006 Arkansas team leading an offense that featured Darren McFadden and Felix Jones in the backfield. Though Mustain went 8-0 as the starter, he was replaced by Casey Dick and transferred to USC after the season.
The move proved to be a poor decision for Mustain who became buried on the Trojans’ depth chart. He hardly saw any action at USC, went undrafted, and ended up being cut by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL. Though he signed to play in the Arena Football League last September, he’s decided to give baseball a try.
“I don’t want to work a 9 to 5 job, I don’t want to get into that, I wanna play ball,” Mustain said in an interview with KNWA.
Mustain is scheduled to report to spring training in Glendale (Ariz.) on March 8th.