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White joins Patriots; Fleming must wait

Running back James White, the New England Patriots' fourth-round draft choice (130th overall), has joined the team on a full-time basis after his arrival was delayed because his class at Wisconsin had yet to hold graduation ceremonies.

But with Wisconsin having its graduation Saturday, White can now be with the Patriots for the duration. He is scheduled to meet with reporters today at 11:30 a.m. ET.

At the draft, Patriots coach Bill Belichick was complimentary of White, who measured 5-foot-9 1/2 and 204 pounds during the pre-draft process.

"Versatile guy, both running and receiving, a good player in the kicking game," Belichick said. "I'd say there are a lot of similarities to [Shane] Vereen -- size-wise, skills-wise, production. I'd say he's a guy who has shown he has four-down value."

While White has joined the fold, fellow fourth-round draft choice Cameron Fleming of Stanford (140th overall) has to leave the club after being allowed to participate in what was essentially a rookie minicamp over the weekend. Fleming, an offensive tackle, can return after his class at Stanford graduates. Stanford's commencement is scheduled for June 15, which means Fleming won't get to participate in any organized team activities.

Organized team activities

Week 1: May 27, 29, 30*

Week 2: June 2, 3, 5*

Week 3: June 9, 10, 12*,13

* Open to reporters

Full-team mandatory minicamp

June 17-19