California running backs coach and recruiting coordinator Pierre Ingram has been busy this week on the recruiting trail, paying a visit to a trio of Bears targets at Oakland (Calif.) McClymonds earlier in the week, and then flying out to Hawaii to get a look at four-star wide receiver Drew Kobayashi.
Kobayashi has long been enamored with Cal, and the Bear Raid offense, and on Friday, the 6-foot-2.5, 180-pound wide out – the No. 39-ranked player in the 2016 class – pulled down his elusive first offer from the Bears.
“I’m really excited about it,” Kobayashi said, shortly after receiving the offer. “It’s just a blessing for me, to get one of these for Cal. I’ve been interested in them for a long time.”
It’s easy to see why Kobayashi is so excited about the offer, given last year’s passing record bonanza on the part of quarterback Jared Goff.
“I like the way the offense runs, and how they’ve been passing the ball a lot,” Kobayashi said. “I want to be on a team that can throw the ball, and really loves their receivers.”
Kobayashi was most definitely paying attention this past week, when the Bears trounced visiting Sacramento State, 55-14, highlighted by Kenny Lawler’s circus catch on a one-handed touchdown grab.
“I’ve seen that all over,” Kobayashi said. “I’ve seen it on some Vines, I’ve seen it on Twitter. I was just in awe of it.”
Just as Kobayashi has been watching the Bears, so too have the Cal coaches been watching him. Ingram went to Kobayashi’s practice at Honolulu (HI) St. Louis earlier in the week, and, after he and the coaches looked at tape, told Kobayashi that he was being offered a scholarship.
“He said that they liked my speed and how I can make long grabs,” Kobayashi said. “They said that I can fit really well in their offense.”
Kobayashi finished last year with a 3.0 GPA.
Cal First to offer Drew Kobayashi
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