Clips from an in-development Mitch Mustain movie surfaced over a year ago, and the project seems to be coming to fruition.
The upcoming NFL draft renews conversation of busts every year around this time. Football fans can rattle off a laundry list of college stars who never made it as professionals. The highly touted prep football prospects who never achieve collegiate stardom are less recognizable.
The Identity Theft of Mitch Mustain will premiere at the Little Rock Film Festival in May. It is an interesting concept with the proliferation of football recruiting. High schoolers become household names before ever wearing an athletic department-issued set of pads.
The explosion of recruiting coverage really began in the early 2000s, and Mustain was an early superstar; a can’t-miss prospect. And he showed flashes of the anticipated brilliance with the Arkansas Razorbacks.
In 2006, he threw 10 touchdowns and helped Arkansas to a 10-win season. But he transferred that offseason and landed at USC, where his career never took off.
Mustain played in limited capacity, throwing just 89 passes in his two seasons as a Trojan. His time at USC is perhaps more notable for his February 2011 arrest in a drug sting, though felony chargers were never brought up.
Mustain’s since made attempts to fulfill his athletic promise. In the spring of 2011, he attended a United Football League tryout my friend and Yahoo! Sports editor Cody Brunner covered from the player’s perspective.
He later pursued baseball in the Chicago White Sox organization. Mustain made 19 appearances pitching for the Bristol White Sox and Kannapolis Intimidators.
The above trailer looks promising. The quarterback’s life has certainly had some interesting turns. At the very least, the Mitch Mustain movie can be a guide for the next generation of young recruits who will never see their NFL dreams play out through the college gridiron.