Patriots will take a look at West Virginia QB White

By Mike Reiss and Christopher L. Gasper
Globe Staff / April 8, 2009
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The Patriots are scheduled to host one of the NFL's more intriguing prospects on a predraft visit at Gillette Stadium next week, as West Virginia quarterback Pat White is scheduled to meet with team officials Monday and Tuesday, according to league sources.

White (6 feet, 197 pounds) has been scouted as a quarterback and receiver, with some clubs also projecting him as a returner on special teams. He is considered a top prospect for teams looking for players to implement a "Wildcat" package - the successful strategy used by the Miami Dolphins last season in which running back Ronnie Brown took direct snaps from center.

A spread option quarterback at West Virginia, White was the first starting quarterback in NCAA history to lead his team to four bowl game victories. He set the NCAA record for career rushing yards by a quarterback with 4,480 and the Big East mark for touchdowns with 103.

He also broke Marc Bulger's West Virginia record for career completion percentage, connecting on 64.8 percent of his passes.

Last month, the Patriots put White - who is projected to be drafted as high as the second round - through a private workout.

In other draft-related news, the Patriots hosted North Carolina wide receiver Brooks Foster yesterday. The team is also scheduled to host San Jose State defensive end Jarron Gilbert on a visit next week.

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