The last two wide receivers that California has gotten from the state of Hawaii couldn't be more different. Freshman Kanawai Noa is a slightly-built burner who can snake through a secondary out of the slot, but brand new signee Drew Kobayashi is a much bigger, stronger, and longer target on the outside. Kobayashi continues the Hawaiian pipeline started by Noa and offensive lineman Semisi Uluave last cycle.
Kobayashi does have some speed -- around a 4.5 40 -- but the big attraction here is his length, and his catch radius. While you'll see a receiver like Noa accelerate under a ball thrown out in front of him, Kobayashi is able to catch a ball where the defensive back just can't reach, because of his arms, and strong hands.
Kobayashi is a smooth, seemingly effortless route runner who lets his long legs do the talking -- he's deceptively quick, despite being a long strider, and when he kicks it into gear, he can pull away with ease, and take the top off a defense.
Kobayashi earned a second-team all-state nod despite only playing eight games in an injury-hampered senior season (a nagging hamstring suffered in the late spring, early summer), after earning first-team honors as a junior. One of the fastest receivers in Hawaii, Kobayashi and his Crusaders got to the state title game, but couldn't overcome longtime nemesis Kahuku in a 39-14 loss. Read more about Kobayashi from his official visit.