Are you sure about that? According to Wiki, “ Kaepernick received his lone football scholarship offer from the University of Nevada”. He was a redshirt freshman there.
I think that you had better check something other than Wiki.
I remember when Kaepernick was a freshman at Stanford and beat USC by the score of 14-13. It was considered to be a huge upset.
After the game, the sports journalist on the field asked to speak to Harbaugh. He pointed at Kaepernick and said, “Speak to him. He did it. Not me,” or words to that effect.