SANTA CLARA — A quarterback who can gobble up yards on the ground as well as through the air?
Before Cam Newton, Robert Griffin III and Colin Kaepernick made headlines, Pat White was well-known for his versatility at West Virginia.
Now it appears as if White, who threw for 6,049 yards and had 56 touchdowns for the Mountaineers while rushing for 4,480 yards and 47 touchdowns, will at least get a tryout to be one of Kaepernick's backups.
White told USA Today on Sunday that he's spoken to Jim Harbaugh by phone and that the 49ers coach is interested in flying him out to Santa Clara for a workout. No date has been set.
"I pay attention to how his players react to Coach Harbaugh," White told the newspaper. "They all want to win for him. And he seems to treat them how they want to be treated. I'm excited to get to know him on that level if I do get that opportunity. I'm very optimistic about making it back to the NFL."
White, 27, was the 44th overall pick by the Dolphins in 2009 and has been out of football since the Dolphins released him at the end of training camp in 2010.
The 6-foot, 190-pound White attempted five passes his rookie season in 2009. None of them were complete, he was sacked once and and he fumbled once. He also rushed 21 times for 81 yards.
White signed to play for the Virginia Destoyers in the United Football League, but was cut before the 2011 season started.
He's also flirted with baseball. He was drafted by the Angels as an outfielder in 2004, but opted to pursue football.
White participated in the fall instructional league with the Kansas City Royals in 2010 and was offered a minor league deal with the Miami Marlins as recently as January.
Apparently he stayed true to football. White has been working with San Diego-based quarterback coach George Whitfield in an effort to spark an NFL comeback.
The 49ers, meanwhile, have just two quarterbacks on the roster at the moment Kaepernick and Scott Tolzien.
Josh Johnson, who spent the 2012 offseason in Santa Clara, signed with the Bengals last week. Asked about possible additions to the quarterback depth chart earlier this month, Harbaugh declined to talk about specific names.