Saint Louis won’t be taking its talents to the Geico Bowl Series, but two Crusaders are aiming higher.
Junior linebackers Nick Herbig and Jordan Botelho received offers from USC on Monday, the 12th offer for Botelho and the sixth for Herbig. Washington, Wisconsin, USC and Hawaii are the only programs willing to make it a package deal for the two ballhawks.Saint Louis defensive lineman Gino Quinones committed to the Cardinal and Gold in May.
The Trojans have been all over Hawaii talent, rewarding Punahou defensive back Alaka’i Gilman with his third Division I offer on Nov. 30 and securing a commitment from Narbonne guard Tilini Livai, who played at Hilo up until this season. Punahou linebacker Maninoa Tufono is the star of the class committed to USC and Enokk Vimahi of Kahuku still has the Trojans in his top eight.
St. Francis junior Ope Laloulu also has an offer from USC, along with Arizona, BYU, Hawaii, Oregon and San Diego State, but he has not made a commitment yet.
Botelho, who counts Georgia as one of his offers, can probably expect to run into Kirby Smart pretty soon. 247sports.com suggested that Smart hit the recruiting trail after the Bulldogs’ loss to Alabama on Saturday and mentioned Hawaii as one of his stops, and he won’t be alone with the regular season over and college coaches descending upon the islands.
Pac-Five two-way trench warrior Leif Fautanu received two offers this year, but the second was all he needed. Fautanu, who also had an offer from Hawaii, committed to UNLV on Sunday.
One offer was enough for Kamehameha linebacker Akalea Kapono and Radford offensive lineman Darrellson Masaniai, who accepted offers from Navy in the middle of November. The Midshipmen are still in play for Kahuku’s Nalu Emerson and Sitiveni Kafusi of Punahou.
Kapono and Masaniai will join Alema Kapoi, Keoni-Kordell Makekau and Adam Amosa-Tagovailoa at West Point.