The Patriots will host West Virginia's Pat White on an in-house visit next Monday and Tuesday, according to league sources.
The Patriots seem to be thoroughly investigating White, who was a standout quarterback at West Virginia but is projected to play wide receiver by most NFL teams. They worked White out last month at both wide receiver and quarterback.
A spread option QB for the Mountaineers, White is a winner, as he 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 managed to break Marc Bulger's West Virginia record for career completion percentage, connecting on 64.8 percent of his passes.
White has the versatility and experience under center to be a weapon for any team looking for a "Wildcat" quarterback. Some NFL draft experts have White going as high as the second round for that reason.
Borrowing the explanatory language used by my colleague Mike Reiss when it comes to these pre-draft visits, it should be noted that NFL teams are allowed up to 30 visits with out-of-town prospects before the draft.
The purpose of those visits can vary -- from genuine interest, to a smokescreen, to a final medical check. Sometimes the visits can result in a player being ruled out by a team (e.g. if a player's interview or film work raises concerns about his ability to fit into a team's scheme).