Freedom High quarterback Dante Mayes, who resembles 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in playing style and appearance, is headed to the famous signal-caller's college as well.
Mayes has orally committed to Nevada after taking a recruiting trip to Reno this past weekend, Freedom coach Kevin Hartwig said last week.
"He looks just like him," Hartwig said of the Mayes-Kaepernick comparison.
Hartwig describes Mayes, who is 6-foot-2 and 175 pounds, as strong-armed and athletic. He's two inches shorter than Kaepernick and lacks the tattoos.
Mayes, a three-year starter, passed for 2,487 yards with 26 touchdowns as a senior, guiding the athletic Falcons to an unbeaten Bay Valley Athletic League title. He also rushed for 319 yards and three touchdowns.
Nevada is headed by new coach Brian Polian, a former Stanford assistant under current 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh. Polian only announced his staff Jan. 25.
"It's a great fit," Hartwig said. "They have a new staff, and they're going to keep the pistol zone-read stuff, which is exactly what we do. It's a great transition."
Mayes, who carries a 3.6 grade-point average, wants to study at Nevada's medical school and has talked about wanting a career in medicine for two years, Hartwig said.
The Falcons have thrived with their dynamic trio of Mayes, Darrell Daniels, a versatile Washington commit, and junior Joe Mixon, a four-star recruit by rivals.com who ran for 1,443 yards last season. Freedom (9-3, 5-0 BVAL) fell 33-18 to Logan in the second round of the 2012 North Coast Section Division I playoffs.
Hartwig said the school will have a signing party for Daniels and Mayes on Feb. 6.
At Nevada, Kaepernick twice was named the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Offensive Player of the Year, and was the MVP of the 2008 Humanitarian Bowl.