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49ers select Tartt with second-round pick; reunited with HS teammate
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SANTA CLARA (AP) — Jaquiski Tartt spoke to good friend Jimmie Ward just last week about how great it would be if the old high school teammates from Mobile, Alabama, ended up as safeties together on the same NFL team.

Back home, waiting for what the Samford defender expected to be a call in the third or fourth round of the draft, the phone rang on Friday night and 49ers coach Jim Tomsula was on the other end with news that he would be headed to San Francisco — and reunited with Ward despite the odds they had known were oh so slim.

“We played together in high school and we talked about this day, it would be crazy to get on the same team,” Tartt said Friday night, en route to the university fieldhouse to celebrate with his Samford teammates. “It actually happened. It’s crazy.”

Tartt was selected at 46th overall in the second round, providing the 49ers further depth in a secondary that lost two more key faces this offseason when cornerbacks Perrish Cox and Chris Culliver signed elsewhere in free agency.