He probably doesn't know about the phenomenon of "Throwback Thursday," but Jim Harbaugh is quite fond of high school photographs.
The 49ers head coach has made a tradition of placing throwback photos above his player’s lockers at team headquarters. It's done with a motivational purpose.
“Coach really wants us to tap into what we wanted to be at that time,” safety
The high school football headshots are even more noteworthy on Feb. 5, 2014, also known as National Signing Day.
PHOTOS: 49ers High School Football Photos
High school seniors from all across the nation will accept scholarships to the top universities and football factories. The rankings, however, don’t necessarily mean everything.
Look at several of the top performers on San Francisco’s current roster and there’s not many five-star players in the group. You'll also recognize many of the team leaders in the three-star recruit category.
Here’s a look at where some of the most notable 49ers players were ranked coming out of high school and where they played their college ball.
Donte Whitner – 2003 – Ohio State