The Bears continued their strong recruiting momentum this week, securing a commitment from Hawaii's top-rated receiver recruit for the 2016 class today in St. Louis/Honolulu receiver Drew Kobayashi.
The 6-2/185 receiver hauled in 31 receptions for 654 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior in 2014 for St. Louis.
"The visit was great," said Kobayashi. "I really loved being at Cal and I like the coaches a lot.
"It's such a great school and the coaches were very real with me and told me what I needed to and how I fit in and they really liked me a lot. It made me love them that much more."
The trip to Cal was the culmination of his visit to the mainland and he saw what he needed to see to make the early call for Cal.
"Being able to see so much of the Bay Area on the way from the airport, it was a great sight to see," said Kobayashi. "There's so much over there to see and to do, not just football. That really made me feel that it will be a great experience for me when I'm at Cal next year. I'm excited to experience living life outside of Hawaii.
"The whole atmosphere at Cal is great. Me and my father loved it there. I think it was one of the best places we've seen anywhere."
Kobayashi had the chance to visit two of his other favorites -Washington and Washington State on Friday and Saturday as well as Oregon so he had plenty to compare his visit to Cal to.
"Seeing all three schools before Cal gave me a lot to compare to Cal.
"Oregon's facilities are crazy and I loved it. But when I went to Cal, I kind of saw the best of all three schools rolled into one. That really got me excited about them. I was amazed.
"Then you throw in my fit with the coaching staff talking to Coach Franklin and Coach Dykes made me feel like they care about making me better as both an athlete and as a student.
"It made a big impression letting me know what a degree from Cal can do for me after football. It felt really real and a place I'd be happy at for four years.
"The other schools were friendly and all but there was something special about Cal."
On the academic side, Kobayashi would like to study some emphasis in business and the Cal staff has laid out their expectation that academics be a top priority -something Kobayash (2.94 gpa) is eager to embrace.
"They made sure I need to finish strong my last year in both school and football, emphasizing that working hard and succeeding in the classroom will make me a success on or off the field. They made sure I knew I'd have my work cut out for me at Cal and I appreciate them keeping it real.
"Having the stress of this decision out of the way, I think I'll be able to focus that much harder in class and in football, knowing where I'll be in my future."
Kobayashi has strong connections to both a future Bear and a major Bear target, as well.
"Kanawai and I have known each other for a while," said Kobayashi. "He's told me a lot about Cal but he's cool about it, telling me I needed to take visits to other schools I'm interested in before deciding, which I did. He got me really hyped up about Cal.
"I know Michael Elitise, too. I talk to him a lot. We talk about going to the same school. I'll make sure I'm on him that much harder now that I'm committed to Cal. I know they're in his Top 10."
Kobayashi became the Bears fourth commit of the week after San Jose City College safety Khari Vanderbilt and St. receiver Logan Gamble joined the Bears' 2015 and 2016 recruiting classes respectively earlier this week as well as 2016 Bishop Dunne/Dallas safety Josh Drayden.