Tamba Hali Interview

Hali is one of the nation's top defensive end prospects and he will be visiting UM in a few weeks. He talks about the Hurricanes and their Rose Bowl performance in this indepth interview.

Tamba Hali has been enjoying the recruiting process. Probably more than most. That's because the Teaneck, N.J. standout has a strict policy on when coaches can call and where they have to meet him at.

"My mom doesn't really like people coming over to the house, so I haven't had any in-home visits. My dad teaches at the high school, so he and I have been meeting with all the different coaches at school."

At 6-foot-3 and 255, Hali has met with a lot of coaches, and from big time programs.

"I've taken trips to Syracuse, Maryland, and Southern Cal so far," he said. "All three were real fun. I learned a lot about each of them. I go to Penn State this weekend, then Miami the following weekend."

Hali, who finished the season with 74 tackles and nine sacks, doubles as an excellent basketball player.

"I really don't have any front-runners right now," he said. "I like to think that all five of them are even right now until I get done with my visits. Then I'll sit down and weigh through my options."

Hali said he came away very impressed with Miami's performance in Pasadena, but only had one quirk.

"It was a great performance by Miami," he said. "But it should have been Florida playing Miami instead of Nebraska. Miami would have still probably won, but it would have been a much closer game."

Personally, I think Hali has been a longshot for UM all year and nothing has changed my opinion on that. It's going to be tough getting him away from the northeast part of the country, especially Penn State and Syracuse in particular.

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