Buchholz quarterback Creed Whittemore. Photo via @cwhitt_4 on Instagram and taken by @shotxcoach.

Buchholz QB Creed Whittemore Decommits From UF, Commits to Mississippi State

The Florida Gator football program has lost a member of its 2023 recruiting class, Gainesville native Buchholz quarterback Creed Whittemore. Whittemore marks the second decommitment from the 2023 class under head coach Billy Napier.

Bobcat To Bulldog

The dual-threat Bobcat quarterback is the younger brother of current fourth-year Gator wideout Trent Whittemore. Like his brother, Creed was recruited as a wide receiver.

Whittemore took to Twitter on Sunday to announce his decommitment from Florida.

The Gainesville native originally pledged to the Gators in May after making several visits over the summer. He opted to re-open his recruitment just one day following Florida’s 45-35 loss to LSU in The Swamp.

While the loss may not have helped, Whittemore took an official visit to Mississippi State last weekend. Just hours after backing out on his pledge to Florida, Whittemore announced his commitment to Mississippi State.

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Florida’s 2023 Recruiting Class

The Gators remain hopeful that Whittemore’s exit will not begin a domino effect among the 2023 recruiting class. The Gators currently hold 21 commitments among the class. Whittemore marks the first player to decommit during the 2022 season, as 2023 recruit Trinity Catholic offensive tackle Tommy Kinsler decommitted from Florida over the summer.

Despite Whittemore’s withdrawal, the wide receiver position is still a strength among Florida’s 2023 recruiting class. The Gators have commitments from Eugene Wilson III (Gaither, Tampa, Fla.), Aidan Mizell (Boone, Orlando, Fla.) Andy Jean (Northwestern, Miami, Fla.) and Tyree Patterson (Eustis, Fla.).

Creed Whittemore At Buchholz

The 5’11”, 175-pound senior has accounted over 4,696 yards of total offense and 58 touchdowns. In his senior season, Whittemore has recorded 920 yards passing with 340 yards rushing. Also, he has 11 passing touchdowns and 6 on the ground thus far in his senior season. The Bobcat quarterback has certainly proven his ability to perform as a dual threat athlete.

The Bobcats kicked off their season with a 31-14 victory over Columbia. Whittemore spoke on his ability to run the ball and how that contributed to the team’s win.

Since The ‘Cats out clawed the Tigers in their season opener, Buchholz has dominated every opponent. The Bobcats have gained wins over Riverview Sarasota (45-6), Creekside (48-41), Vanguard (24-21), Gainesville (49-0), and Oakleaf (45-31). The Bobcats have improved to 6-0 on the season, a record they have managed due to their star quarterback.

In his most recent performance, Whittemore led the Bobcats to a 45-31 victory over Oak Leaf with six touchdowns, five through the air and one on the ground. The Bobcats have three tough regular season opponents remaining (Bartram Trail, Fleming Island, and Bolles), but with Whittemore leading the way, the Bobcats’ future is bright.

Buchholz quarterback Creed Whittemore is coached by his father and Bobcat head coach Mark Whittemore during their game against Vanguard at Booster stadium. Photo by Ellie Shreve.

About Ellie Shreve

Ellie is a third-year sports and media journalism major at the University of Florida.

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