Former blue-chip recruit, ex-USC QB Mustain arrested on drug charges

Photo by Daniel Kay

Photo by Daniel Kay

LOS ANGELES -- Former Southern California backup quarterback Mitch Mustain was arrested late Tuesday on suspicion of selling prescription drugs in the San Fernando Valley, police said.

Mustain, 22, was arrested by West Valley narcotics officers shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday and booked on $30,000 bail, Officer Bruce Borihanh said.

Details of the arrest were not immediately released.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Mustain was released on bail but Borihanh said he could not confirm that and a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department jail website still listed him as being in custody late Wednesday morning.

Mustain completed his senior year for the Trojans in 2010 and could not be reached for comment through the university's athletic department. The school had no contacts for him and it was unclear whether he had an agent.

Mustain currently is preparing for the NFL Draft.

Mustain was one of the most highly decorated high school football players in history, winning every national player of the year award, and was recruited by nearly every major college football program in the nation during the 2005-2006 school year.

Parade Magazine named him High School Player of the Year in its January 1, 2006 issue. He was then named Mr. Football in Arkansas by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He was also named the 2005-06 Gatorade National Player of the Year and the 2005 USA Today National Player of the Year, the first-ever from the state of Arkansas. Scout.com ranked him as the top high school recruit for the class of 2006.

He played sparingly in his first game at Arkansas, but was named the starting quarterback by the second game of the season and achieved a record of 8-0 as a true freshman starter.

He became a backup quarterback for the Trojans after transferring to USC from Arkansas in 2007.

He started in last November's loss against Notre Dame when Matt Barkley was injured and passed for 177 yards.