San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance has only made two starts at the NFL level, but it appears the 22-year-old’s leadership skills exceed his limited experience.
According to recent reports from NBC Sports Bay Area insider Matt Maiocco, Lance requested and received the phone number of each of the franchise’s nine rookie picks.
He texted every incoming recruit welcoming them to the Niners organization.
The NFL world took to Twitter to react to the story.
“He will be a great leader,” wrote one fan.
“I am thrilled to have this man lead our franchise for the next two decades,” added another.
Just a year ago, Lance was in the same position as these new recruits. As the top prospect in a stacked QB class, the North Dakota State standout was selected after Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson with the No. 3 overall pick in the draft.
Lance spent his rookie season supporting veteran QB Jimmy Garoppolo, but the overwhelming expectation is that he will take the starting role in Year 2.
The Niners selected two offensive weapons to position themselves around Lance in this year’s draft: LSU running back Tyrion Davis-Price (No. 93) and SMU wide receiver Danny Gray (No. 105).