Speedy 5-10, 175 Jonathan Wilhite from Butler County Community College says that he's scheduled to take an official visit to Auburn this weekend to check out the Tigers. With offers from some of the top schools in the country, he says that Auburn is in the lead right now with plenty of other schools trying to get into contention.
"Auburn is number one right now," Wilhite tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "Auburn is my leader right now. I have schools calling me like Arkansas, LSU, Alabama is talking to me, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, UAB, Memphis, Louisville, schools like that. I have offers from Purdue, Louisville, Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Iowa State and Auburn."
Originally from Monroe, Louisiana's Ouachita High, Wilhite says he's familiar with Auburn, but is looking forward to visiting the campus this weekend. He's also going to have the chance to hang out with a former teammate currently mending from knee surgery on the Auburn campus in David Irons. Irons is expected to challenge for Carlos Rogers' starting job next season for the Tigers.
"I like the coaches and the way we communicate," Wilhite says. "I like Coach Price (Terry Price). I like the season that they have going right now. I have played with a couple of guys that went there, including David Irons. I like playing with Prime (David Irons) because we're a lot alike. He talks real good about the school and he tells me if I do what I'm capable of doing that I can come in and play."
In addition to his visit to the Plains, Wilhite says he isn't sure of his other visits because of the fluctuating schedule for the national championship game. Needing to pass just 21 hours this semester to be eligible in December, Wilhite notes that he may just take one or two visits before making a decision because of the timetable.
"Right now my visits are being put around our bowl game," he says. "We don't know when it's going to be. The coaches are calling and talking, but I haven't scheduled any yet. If I pass all my classes I'll be able to enroll in December."
A shutdown cornerback for Butler with 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash, Wilhite helped lead them to a perfect 11-0 season and a berth in the Junior College title game in December. They closed out the regular season with a 35-26 win over Coffeyville Community College for the region championship on Sunday. In the game Wilhite had four solo tackles, two assists, six pass break-ups, one blocked punt and one fumble recovery. For the year Wilhite was second on the team with five interceptions, 25 solo tackles, 18 assists and 17 pass break-ups on his way to being named First-Team All Jayhawk Conference.
Without any offers to speak of coming out of Ouchita, La., Wilhite redshirted as a freshman while learning to play defensive back. A running back in high school, he watched Irons play while working with the scout team and learned a great deal about the position. With three years left to play three he says that he hopes to be able to get to school in December and start working with his new team and prove that he's capable of being an impact player in major college football.
"I can shut people down and I'm not afraid of failure," Wilhite says. "I'm not afraid to get up there and play somebody. I can cover real good, that's my strength. I'm not afraid to step up and make a big play or tackle, I'm not intimidated. I'm the total package."