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49ers Go from National Signing Day to the NFL

Posted Feb 5, 2014

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.



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 Donte Whitner told the Los Angeles Times. “When you look at this picture, it’s like, ‘At this moment, what did I want to be? We all look at this and we understand what we wanted to be and where we are now.”

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.

FIVE STARS

Marcus Lattimore – 2010 – South Carolina
Jon Baldwin – 2008 – Pittsburgh
Alex Boone – 2005 – Ohio State
Ahmad Brooks – 2002 – Virginia
Chris Culliver – 2007 – South Carolina

FOUR STARS

Frank Gore – 2000 – Miami
Tank Carradine – 2011 – Florida State
Quinton Dial – 2009 – Alabama
Corey Lemonier – 2010 – Auburn
Nick Moody – 2008 – 4 – Florida State
Eric Reid – 2010 – LSU
LaMichael James – 2008 – Oregon
Tony Jerod-Eddie – 2008 – Texas A&M
Perrish Cox – 2006 – Oklahoma State
Will Tukuafu – 2007 – Oregon
NaVorro Bowman – 2006 – Penn State
Tramaine Brock – 2008 – Minnesota (transferred to Belhaven)
Anthony Davis – 2007 – Rutgers
Anthony Dixon – 2006 – Mississippi State
Michael Crabtree – 2006 – Texas Tech
Glenn Dorsey – 2004 – LSU
Mario Manningham – 2005 – Michigan
Tarell Brown – 2003 – Texas
Vernon Davis – 2004 – Maryland
Donte Whitner – 2003 – Ohio State
Kassim Osgood – 1998 – San Diego State

THREE STARS

Colin Kaepernick – 2006 – Nevada
Aldon Smith – 2008 – Missouri
Quinton Patton – 2011 – Louisiana Tech
Joe Looney – 2008 – Wake Forest
Demarcus Dobbs – 2006 – Georgia
Kendall Hunter – 2007 – Oklahoma State
Ian Williams – 2007 – Notre Dame
Colt McCoy – 2005 – Texas
Ray McDonald – 2002 – Florida
Patrick Willis – 2003 – Mississippi
Eric Wright – 2003 – USC (transferred to UNLV)

TWO STARS

Phil Dawson – 1993 – Texas
Bruce Miller – 2006 – Central Florida
Daniel Kilgore – 2006 – Appalachian State
C.J. Spillman – 2005 – Marshall
Joe Staley – 2003 – Central Michigan

NO STARS

Kevin McDermott – 2008 – UCLA
Vance McDonald – 2008 – Rice
Michael Wilhoite – 2004 – Washburn
Craig Dahl – 2002 – North Dakota State
Dan Skuta – 2003 – Grand Valley State