Cal makes offer to St. Louis WR Kobayashi

(Jamm Aquino / Star-Advertiser)
(Jamm Aquino / Star-Advertiser)

Saint Louis wide receivers get plenty of attention every day from Cal — Coach Cal Lee, that is.

As of Friday, however, it was another Cal that took interest in a speedy junior wide receiver for the Crusaders. The University of California at Berkeley made Drew Kobayashi a scholarship offer, his first and probably not his last.

Kobayashi’s mother, Resi, confirmed the offer by Cal.

Colorado has also shown serious interest, asking for his transcripts this week. Jaisen Sanchez, an all-state cornerback who graduated from Saint Louis last June, plays for the Buffaloes.

Kobayashi spent part of the summer at mainland camps and combines. At one event, the 6-foot-2, 185-pound Big Island native participated in a 7-on-7 pass-league style tournament with some elite players, including some from nationally-renowned Bishop Gorman (Nev.).

The Crusaders are learning a new system under Lee, who returned to coach them this fall. They also faced a gauntlet of top competition — defending national champion (MaxPreps) St. John Bosco (Calif.) and the state’s top two teams, Punahou and Mililani. All the while, they platooned two quarterbacks, Ryder Kuhns and Tua Tagovailoa, until last week’s game against Pac-Five.

So far, Kobayashi has nine receptions for 223 yards and two touchdowns. He had three catches for 134 yards and two scores against Pac-Five.

No. 8 Saint Louis will play at ‘Iolani on Saturday in a 1 p.m. ILH battle.

Kobayashi is the third Saint Louis receiver in the past three years to receive a D-I scholarship offer. Two seasons ago, Jeremy Tabuyo committed to Texas A&M and later signed with the Aggies. Last year, Devan Stubblefield committed and later signed with Hawaii.


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