Drew Kobayashi is a wide receiver from Honolulu (Hi.) St. Louis' great football program and comes to Cal as part of another big receiver class.
Kobayashi has good height at 6'2 and is listed anywhere from 180 to 190 pounds. What I have seen watching his tape during the season is that he is a capable deep threat, while also being able to make some plays underneath.
@nate_herbig @JordanIosefa @drewwthomas_ @StLouisHawaii pic.twitter.com/WGhZoboCzF— ioane wilson (@IoaneW) February 3, 2016
the countdown begins... shoutout to @GridironGraphix for the edit pic.twitter.com/X9E95bYhbw— Drew Kobayashi (@drewwthomas_) December 26, 2015
#Cal commit Drew Kobayashi can stretch the field, get behind a defense and run for a gain https://t.co/x6uuAM3Lu0 pic.twitter.com/uPdC2HED87— Cal Bears on Scout (@CalOnScout) November 2, 2015
The trait I liked the most about Kobayashi, though, is his ability to get open for his quarterback when the pocket breaks down and the QB has to extend the play. This could be a very useful trait considering the inconsistencies of our offensive line over the past few years -- and the chance that Cal's next quarterback could be more of a dual threat guy -- Kobayashi could end up being a great fit.
Here is an in-depth scouting report on Kobayashi.
Here is where Kobayashi ranks among the four major recruiting services:
ESPN: 3 stars, 125th ranked wide receiver, 4th ranked player in Hawaii.
Scout: 3 stars, 67th ranked wide receiver.
Rivals: 3 stars, 8th ranked player in Hawaii.
247sports: 3 stars, 97th ranked wide receiver, 4th ranked player in Hawaii.
Kobayashi, based on the rankings, is another under-the-radar player in Cal's recruiting class, though he did hold offers from some pretty good programs. Programs like Air Force, Hawaii, Nevada, San Diego State, Washington and Washington State lost to Cal in the race for Kobayashi's commitment.
Senior season highlights can be seen below.
Welcome to Cal, Drew!