FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots signed fourth-round draft choice Jonathan Wilhite today. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The Patriots selected the cornerback with the 129th overall selection of the 2008 NFL Draft out of Auburn University.
Wilhite, 24, played in 34 games with 23 starts at cornerback over three seasons at Auburn, recording 101 tackles (77 solo), three interceptions, 14 passes defensed, one sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. As a senior in 2007, he played in 12 games with six starts while posting a career-high two interceptions in addition to 30 tackles (22 solo). He started all 10 games in which he played as a junior in 2006, finishing the campaign with 24 tackles (20 solo). His first season at Auburn came as a sophomore in 2005, when he started seven of 12 games and tallied a career-high 47 tackles (35 solo) and finished second on the team with seven passes defensed. Wilhite transferred to Auburn after spending his freshman season at Butler County (Kan.) Community College in 2004. During that season, he totaled five interceptions and earned National Junior College All-American honors.