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Phenom: Asian Wide Receiver to keep an eye on, 6’3″ Drew Kobayashi. One of top ranked WRs in class of 2016

Drew Kobayashi may not have offers piling up yet, but it is only a matter of time. The wide receiver out of St. Louis High School is one of the best skilled players out of Hawaii in recent memory. St. Louis has a reputation for producing quality linemen and a few special quarterbacks like Timmy Chang and Marcus Mariota, but between Jeremy Tabuyo, Devan Stubblefield and Kobayashi the wide receiver position may be added to the reputation.
“I have a lot of pride in my school,” Kobayashi claimed. “A lot of really good football players have come from here and that motivates me. I want to join that list with guys like Marcus Mariota, Tyson Alualu, Olin Kreutz, and obviously Fred Ulu-Perry. I want to be the best in school history. I am always trying to do better. I am improving my game all the time. Also, I want to help out everyone else, I want to make my teammates better. I want to end up like Jeremy Tabuyo. He is one of my biggest mentors.”


Kobayashi is well on his way. As a sophomore, he showed flashed of brilliance on the football field and has also proved to be a strong track athlete as well. At the NFTC in LA, Kobayashi did his best to steal the show from a lot of the rising seniors. At 6-2 182 pounds, he put up some eye-popping SPARQ numbers, finishing with a score of 108.81.
“I felt like I did really well at the SPARQ combine, but I’m not satisfied,” Kobayashi claimed. “ rated me a four-star, which initially shocked me, but now it is motivation for me. I want to keep climbing the rankings. I know I can get so much better. I am really focused on improving my routes and catching every thing thrown my way. As a receiver, I know I can’t drop anything.”
The 2016 prospect is hearing from a fair number of schools this spring, but has yet to “blow up”. With Kobayashi’s combination of size, speed, and athleticism, it isn’t really a question of if it will happen, but more of when it will happen.
“Honestly, I don’t think I have any offers right now,” Kobayashi said. “A lot of people assume that Hawaii has offered me, but I was never told that. I’m not too concerned about it. I am hearing for some great schools, and know if I keep improving I will have all the options I could want. Oregon, Nevada, Colorado, and Stanford are all recruiting me to varying degrees. Growing up, I was a huge Oregon Ducks fan, but my mind is kind of changing on that. I wouldn’t really call Oregon a dream school anymore, I am open to everyone.”
Kobayashi is currently ranked the 193rd best prospect in the class of 2016. His potential is up there with a lot of the best receivers in the country.

Intro 2016: WR Drew Kobayashi – Football Recruiting – Scout.