Read about him on Wiki. Man, what a great story. He was born to a single mother who put him up for adoption. Biological father took off when he found out about the pregnancy. He became a 3 sport star in HS, baseball, football, and basketball while carrying a 3.9 GPA and scored a 1650 on the SATs. He was MVP of his conference in football as a senior and led his school to its first ever playoff win. All-Conference in basketball almost leading his 16th seed team to an upset of #1 seed Oak Ridge, led by Ryan Anderson. Was an MLB prospect and had numerous scholarship offers to play baseball, but he turned them down because he loved football.
Nevada was the only school to offer him a scholarship, and even Nevada (like every other school) did not even bother to go see one of his football games. Why did they offer him a scholarship?
Wolf Pack head coach Chris Ault decided to offer him a scholarship after one of his assistants, Barry Sacks, saw Kaepernick dominate a high school basketball game on an evening he was suffering from a fever of 102 °F (39 °C).
Now, Colin has led Nevada to a WAC title and is a projected 3-4 round NFL prospect in addition to countless NCAA records and accolades. Everything about him screamed winner, except his HS measurables and highlight clips. It's nice to get recruits with 4 and 5 star measurables, but I hope our coaching does their homework in determining each recruits mental makeup, i.e., passion for football, work ethic, and competitiveness. It would suck if we are consistently missing out on guys with the MJ gene. There is no guarantee that Colin would have worked out at Cal, but I bet you guys like Chris Peterson and Mike Riley are better than most at being able to identify guys like him.
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I have no idea what went on in terms on Cal's recruitment of him, but he obviously camped at Cal. He's from Turlock. He probably would have jumped at the idea of playing at Cal. FYI, that year, we took Kevin Riley, who probably attended the Cal camps with Colin. How sweet must that win over Cal been for him? I hated the guy for a few hours in September, but I wish him luck in the NFL.