Saint Louis dominates top of 2020 recruiting in Hawaii

Saint Louis linebacker Jordan Botelho is the No. 1-rated recruit in Hawaii in the class of 2020 and says he's headed to Notre Dame. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

With the second national signing day complete for the class of 2019, it’s time to look ahead to the current group of juniors that will get their moment this December and next February.

The 2019 class ended up with six four-star recruits according to the final 247sports rankings with Punahou’s Marist Liufau entering the group after his commitment and signing with Notre Dame.

There were 23 3-star players in the final rankings.

While Saint Louis’ Faatui Tuitele and Kahuku’s Enokk Vimahi were battling for the top spot (as was Punahou’s Maninoa Tufono last summer) throughout the past two years, the man at the top of 2020 is pretty much set in stone.

Saint Louis linebacker Jordan Botelho (6-3, 220) is one of two four-star recruits and listed as the No. 153 overall prospect and fifth among inside linebackers. The other four-star recruit is Saint Louis receiver Matt Sykes, who currently only has three offers but has battled injuries and is poised for a breakout senior campaign that could draw him the same late attention that Liufau received.

Sykes, who is 6-3 and 195 pounds, has impressed on the camp circuit to earn that fourth star.

The leader of the 19 three-star recruits is another Crusaders standout, linebacker Nick Herbig (6-2, 200) whose offer sheet includes California, Hawaii, Oregon State, Stanford, USC, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin. Herbig and teammate Stanley McKenzie have eight offers, trailing only Botelho’s 17.

Other names that could easily shoot up to a fourth star as the offseason wears on are St. Francis offensive lineman Faaope Laloulu (6-7, 340), who received a seventh scholarship offer from Oregon State on Tuesday, and Punahou offensive lineman Solatoa Moea’i (6-4, 290), whose five offers (Nebraska, Oregon, USC, Utah, Virginia) are high quality.

The only junior currently committed to a Division I school is Campbell receiver Tamatoa Mokiao-Atimalala, who pledged to Hawaii last month.

To see the entire breakdown of the 2020 class, our recruiting list been updated, and you can view it by clicking here.


  1. Charles Amai February 12, 2019 5:06 pm

    Saturdays will continue to be awesome!

  2. notes February 12, 2019 9:35 pm

    of course saint louis will dominant in recruiting high school players in 2020. they’re dominant in recruiting players right now. why are we even celebrating this???

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