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Signing Day Capsule: Cal gets its tight end in Elk Grove's Gavin Reinwald

Cal got its tight end in Gavin Reinwald, a local pass catcher with a big frame and some big-time hops.

ANALYSIS: At 6-foot-3, 215, former Hawaii commit Gavin Reinwald is going to have to add weight, but with 20 pounds, he can easily be a Pac-12 tight end. He's a developmental player for now, but he has a wide catch radius, and a broad frame that will easily be able to add weight.

Reinwald's hands and leaping ability are already a plus for an outside receiver, but he also has the strength already to begin the transition to tight end. While he's mainly been an outside receiver, he has regularly played with his hand in the dirt while attached to the line already, and is a more-than-willing and hard-hitting blocker, both at the point of attack and down field. Reinwald's film shows exceptional balance and a tough runner, who powers through contact and isn't afraid to go over the middle. As versatile and physical as he is at receiver, he's also fun to watch on defense, showing a zest for contact.

Reinwald has surprising speed for a receiver his size, and is able to get behind a defense because of that deceptive speed.

“Gavin is just beginning to scratch the surface of what he can become as a football player," said head coach Justin Wilcox. "He has tremendous upside and room for growth with a big frame that will help realize his full potential. He’s already an excellent football player and his high school team won a whole lot of games because of him, but we’re really excited to see what he can become.”

As a senior, Reinwald hauled in in 60 catches for 933 yards and 17 touchdowns to lead Elk Grove (Calif.) in both catches and yards as a senior ... As a sophomore, earned All-Delta League honors, as he caught a team-high 45 passes for a team-leading 853 yards and 13 touchdowns ... 5 catches for 87 yards in two varsity games as a sophomore ... Career yards-per-catch of 17.03. Reinwald posted career totals of 110 receptions for 1873 yards receiving and 30 touchdown grabs with his best season coming as a 2016 senior when he earned first-team All-NorCal honors as well as Delta League Co-Offensive Player of the Year and Sacramento Bee All-Metro recognition and for the second straight year first-team all-conference honors.