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Wed. February 1, 2012 | Matt Baker | Email

TRINITY – When Mitchell QB Spencer Whittaker heard that Stetson was restarting its football program for the 2013 season, he was intrigued.

On Wednesday, he officially announced that he was joining the Hatters as they get ready for the Division I-AA Pioneer league.

“I can’t wait to get started,” Whittaker said.

He’ll join Stetson with several other area recruits. Wesley Chapel QB Keegan Tanner is headed to the Hatters. The DeLand school has also expressed interest in Hernando DL/LB Malcolm Hudson and River Ridge TE Dylan Rutledge, among others.

Whittaker will get a year to focus on bulking up his 5-foot-9, 150-pound frame and readjust to playing defensive back after playing quarterback last fall. That was just the latest position change for Whittaker, who began at Mitchell as a ball boy when he was in middle school.

“I’ve been yelling at Spencer for a long time,” Mustangs coach Scott Schmitz said.

Now coaches at Stetson will have that privilege. Whittaker said he’s thrilled to join a team starting from scratch.

“Being in an inaugural program, that’s something special,” Whittaker said. “It’s the opportunity of a lifetime.”

Mitchell pitcher/outfielder Garrett Kriston also signed Wednesday, pledging to Covenant College.

Other Mustangs scheduled to sign this week are:

ShannonEstes-Larkin (girls soccer): Eckerd College

Brian Hoxie (boys soccer): Air Force

Patrick O'Shaughnessy (boys soccer): Coast Guard Academy

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