OAKLEY -- Darrell Daniels and Dante Mayes shared the spotlight Feb. 6 at a signing day ceremony at Freedom High.
The two biggest pieces to the Falcons' prolific passing game inked their letters of intent in the morning, then celebrated together at a ceremony at school.
Daniels, the only four-star recruit in Freedom football history, signed with Washington. The wide receiver made his commitment last June and stuck to his word.
"Everyone has their second thoughts in the beginning but I just stuck with my commitment," Daniels said. "I just thought it was a great fit and great opportunity and I feel great about my decision."
Mayes is thrilled about how he fits in with the Nevada system. The quarterback, who draws comparisons to Colin Kaepernick for his appearance and playing style, is headed to the 49ers star's alma mater.
"It's the perfect fit for who I am as a player," Mayes said. "The pistol offense is perfect for me."
Daniels was a valuable contributor for the Falcons on offense, defense and special teams but heads to Seattle as a wide receiver. Both he and Mayes were three-year starters, helping the Falcons average 226 passing yards a game their senior year while capturing the Bay Valley Athletic League title.
"We've been spoiled with some great kids," said Freedom coach Kevin Hartwig.
Freedom will likely be celebrating again next February with the signing of another major offensive weapon.
Joe Mixon, rated as a four-star running back by Rivals, is gaining increased attention on the recruiting trail. The junior already has over 20 offers, including several Pac-12 schools, following a strong performance at the U.S. Army Junior Combine in early January.
Having college recruiters on campus checking out Daniels and Mayes has also help Mixon get looks, Hartwig said.
Mixon said Ohio State and Oregon were his dream schools growing up, but is completely open at this point and has no favorites this early in the process. He doesn't expect to make a decision until next fall at the earliest.
"I like the (recruiting process) a lot, it just gets overwhelming at times," Mixon said. "That's when I turn my phone off."