Q&A: Kasim Edebali

With Signing Day done, Eagle Insider will be following up the 2009 class. This is the fifteenth installment of a series of Q&A sessions. This time it is Kasim Edebali, who took some time to talk with Eagle Insider.

EI: Which coach played the biggest part in your recruitment to BC?

KE: I would say Jack Bicknell. He was the guy that came over first and said get your grades up, send some tapes, and come to camp. I also got to know Coach Commish, the D-Line coach, I got to know him at camp. I really liked him and he also recruited me, all the coaches were pretty cool.

EI: What position have you been told you will be starting your BC career at?

KE: Defensive end, but Coach Bicknell did mention they may try me at tight end. So I am not quite sure but I think it is going to be D-End.

EI: What are you checking in at these days, height and weight?

KE: 6-2 and 252 lbs.

EI: How would you describe your game on the field at this point?

KE: Many guys at my position are taller and heavier, I play with my speed. I think I'm pretty quick and I just try and get by the offensive tackle as quickly as possible, I use my hands. If the running back is going out for a toss I just try to be as quick as possible and chase him down.

EI: What do you listen to before a football game?

KE: I listen to Korn. I usually listen to rap all the time, but before games it is just Korn on my iPod.

EI: Who was your host on your official visit?

KE: Nick Rossi, staying with him was a lot of fun. He's a good guy.

EI: Funniest or most memorable moment or person from official visit?

KE: I would say it was the first time I met the football guys. I'm in prep school and I'm used to being the biggest guy in school, nobody is bigger than me. When I was first introduced to the players they were four inches taller than me and 50 pounds heavier. I had BJ Raji standing in front of me saying what's up and I was just like, ‘Wow, that guy's big!' I was the smallest guy in the group, everyone was 6-4 or 6-5 and I'm 6-2. I was standing between them and I felt little.

EI: Have you kept in touch with any BC players or fellow commitments?

KE: I'm actually just talking to Dillon Quinn a lot, we became friends in camp. I played against him in the championship game, we were kinda rivals and now we're gonna become teammates.

EI: So who won the championship game?

KE: They won 20-6.

EI: Did you guys face each other at all on the line?

KE: Yes, he probably would deny it but I got him on his butt once. He would deny it though. (laughs)

EI: What was the reason you chose BC, other than big time football and great academics?

KE: I also got offered by Southern Miss but I like the New England area. I came over from Germany and have had two years in New Hampshire. I like the people and the mentality. A lot of my friends from this school (Kimball Union Academy) can come cheer for me and come to my games. That's a thing that helps motivate you.

EI: If I didn't choose BC, I would have gone to______.

KE: I don't really know. I remember with recruiting, I wasn't sure if BC was going to offer me, I had to consider between UConn and Southern Miss. But I always waited for BC because that was the school I really wanted to go to. I remember the first college game I saw in the States was a BC game, and they told me it is big time football and you will be on TV. Since then I always said, ‘I want to be in that school, I will do anything to get into that school.'

EI: Which home-cooked meals do you miss the most from back home in Germany?

KE: (laughs) I would say it is the pasta that my mom makes. It is my favorite meal and I really miss it. In the dining hall at our school the pasta isn't very good.

EI: Where does the name Edebali come from, as it doesn't sound German?

KE: My mom is half Turkish and half German and Edebali is a Turkish name. I grew up and lived all my life with my mom in Hamburg, Germany.

EI: When did you move over to the States from Hamburg, Germany?

KE: It was in 2007, two years ago. I've been at Kimball Union for my two years here.

EI: Did you play football in Germany before you came to Kimball Union Academy?

KE: I actually started playing in 1999, so I played for eight years before I came to the States.

EI: Is football becoming popular in Germany?

KE: It has been getting bigger and bigger every year since NFL Europe was there. More and more teams and the leagues have gotten bigger. I remember starting to play football and we had four teams in our league, and when I left Germany we had ten teams in our league.

EI: Hottest celebrity you would like to go out with, kind of like your dream girl?

KE: That is a hard question…hottest celebrity? Five years ago I would have said Tyra Banks. There is a show in Germany hosted by Heidi Klum called Germany's Next Top Model and the first winner, Lena Gercke, was hot! I would have to say her. Ashley Olsen is another one.

EI: When at a party, what's your best line with a girl?

KE: My best line…I started watching The Fresh Prince of Bel Air in Germany, so I remember this line in German. He was just looking at a girl and he said your feet must hurt because you've been running around my head all day (laughs). I've watched that show in both languages but I remember that scene in German. There is also a really good trick, we call it The Knight Trick. If a friend of yours is a little bit rude to a girl, you just go between them and say, ‘You gotta be respectful, you can't talk like this.' Then maybe the girl thinks you're really cool.


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