GREENVILLE, N.C. - Former East Carolina defensive tackle Khalif Mitchell has signed an undrafted free agent contract with the San Francisco 49ers according to a release from the National Football League organization late Thursday.
Mitchell, who served as a part-time starter for two seasons at ECU after transferring from North Carolina prior to the 2006 campaign, is currently in the Bay Area and will participate in the team's mandatory three-day rookie mini-camp, which begins today.
Although a back and foot injury limited his playing time and production in 2008, Mitchell made an impact during his first season in an East Carolina uniform in 2007. He was credited with 19 stops, 5.5 resulting in lost yardage, in 11 games as a junior to earn All-Conference USA honors and help the Pirates to a victory in the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl. He also logged a pair of sacks, one fumble recovery, an interception and a batted pass while making six starts.
Last fall, Mitchell netted 16 tackles in the first seven games before injuries sidelined him for the remainder of the season. He opened the year as a starter and produced a career-best five stops against Memphis Oct. 18 in what turned out to be his last contest of the year.
Prior to transferring into the East Carolina program, Mitchell recorded 15 tackles for the Tar Heels in 2005. He also played one season at Hargrave Military Academy in 2004 before moving on to Chapel Hill.