DB Prospect Still High On the Tigers

A defensive back who just wrapped up an outstanding season comments on his interest in the undefeated Auburn Tigers and other colleges.

El Dorado, Kan.--Cornerback Jonathan Wilhite, who took his official visit to Auburn more than a month ago, has scheduled an official recruiting visit to Oklahoma State this week.

The 5-10, 175 speedster for Butler County Community College, who is originally from Ouachita High in Monroe, La., says that he is still very interested in playing for the Tigers if he has the opportunity.

Jonathan Wilhite

Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville likes his junior college transfers to be mid-year signees so they can participate in winter workouts and spring training with their new teammates.

"Right now I would say my list is Auburn, Oklahoma State, Louisville and Arkansas," Wilhite tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I feel the same way about Auburn and I am high on Oklahoma State, too. I have been getting other calls. Arkansas called and offered, too. Louisville has called and offered."

Wilhite says he watched the Tigers win their rematch against Tennessee last weekend to take the SEC Championship while he was on a recruiting visit to the University of Memphis.

Wilhite, who is taking an academic overload in order to graduate at mid-term, says he believes that he will take care of business in the classroom and be eligible to transfer to a Division I program in January with three years of eligibility.

His team finished its regular season undefeated and won the Kansas Jayhawk Conference title game with a victory over Coffeyville. However, the season ended with a loss vs. Pearl River from Mississippi in a game considered the junior college national championship contest.

In the championship game, Wilhite was outstanding for his team. "It wasn't my best game stats-wise, but it might be my best game because of the challenge," he notes. On plays in which he covered Pearl River star Larry Brackins, he shut down the big receiver.

"It was a real challenge because Brackins is about six-foot-seven," Wilhite says. "He is the highest rated junior college receiver. I knew it was going to be a good test, especially with him being so tall. Basically, I played really hard against him. I just stayed with my regular game plan and went after him a little harder because of who he was."

In the championship game, the cornerback had five tackles, broke up two passes and blocked a punt. "I consider myself a shutdown corner against the pass and run and I know that is what Auburn is looking for," Wilhite says.

Wilhite is a friend of Auburn cornerback and former Butler County player David Irons, Jr., who missed the entire 2004 Auburn season with a knee injury. Wilhite says he would like to join Irons at Auburn. "Auburn is number one my list and they have been from day one," he says.

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