Two Crusaders listed in first 2020 recruiting rankings

Kamehameha quarterback Thomas Yam tried to throw over the outstretched arms of Saint Louis linebacker Jordan Botelho in a Saint Louis win last season. Photo by Bruce Asato/Star-Advertiser.

Saint Louis teammates Jordan Botelho and Matt Sykes have made 247Sports’ first recruiting rankings for the class of 2020.

Botelho, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound inside linebacker, is listed as the 114th overall prospect and the third-best inside linebacker.

He came on strong in the second half of his sophomore season and made his presence known in a win over Punahou to clinch the ILH first-round title. Botelho, who holds offers from California and Hawaii, had three sacks in the first half and forced a fumble in the Crusaders’ 40-20 win on homecoming night.

After the game, he chatted with Hawaii Prep World’s Paul Honda, which you can watch here.

Sykes, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound wide receiver, is listed as the No. 186 overall prospect and 42nd among receivers.

He holds an offer from Fresno State and had six catches for 106 yards and two touchdowns in limited time during his sophomore season because of a broken thumb.

Botelho and Sykes are two of 16 sophomores from Hawaii who hold at least one Division I scholarship offer according to the Hawaii Prep World Recruiting Tracker.

Hawaii has three of the top 38 overall prospects in the Class of 2019 according to 247Sports’ rankings — Saint Louis DL Faatui Tuitele (No. 13), Kahuku OL Enokk Vimahi (No. 32) and Punahou LB Maninoa Tufono (No. 38). Kapolei OL Julius Buelow is also listed at No. 221.

Tufono received an offer from Illinois on Tuesday and is now tied with Tuitele with 34 scholarship offers.

Tuitele made an unofficial visit to LSU over the weekend and is now in Oklahoma visiting with the Sooners.

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