Vicksburg’s Butler signs with Patriots

Published 10:01 am Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Malcolm Butler will get a chance to live the NFL dream.

The former Vicksburg High star signed a free agent contract with the New England Patriots, the team announced Monday.

Malcolm Butler

Malcolm Butler

Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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Butler, 24, graduated from Vicksburg High in 2009 and spent two seasons at Hinds Community College before transferring to Division II West Alabama.

In two seasons at West Alabama, the 5-foot-10, 186-pound cornerback earned first-team All-Gulf South Conference honors twice and led the league with 18 passes defensed last season. Butler also recorded 45 tackles, intercepted two passes and averaged 27.9 yards on 13 kickoff returns last season.

Butler was one of three undrafted free agents signed by the Patriots on Monday, along with Maine receiver Derrick Johnson and West Texas A&M linebacker Taylor McCuller.