SIMI KULI , DE , 6'5, 273, 4.7, EL CAMINO COMMUNITY COLLEGE , CALIFORNIA:
Teams looking for an immediate impact at defensive end for the 2008 season need to look no further that at El Camino Community College, where they will find Simi Kuli. A bull rusher off the edge, Kuli causes so much havoc along the line of scrimmage that teams have to gameplan to try to contain him.
Kuli lines up mostly at defensive end, but much like former OU defensive end C.J. Ah You he will also line up inside in big pass rushing situations. Kuli's story is an interesting one as he is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and it was his religious belief brought him to El Camino Community College.
"I wasn't sure if I was going to play football or not coming out of high school," said Kuli. "I was going to do something else (serve a mission), but it didn't work out. Then my cousin Vuna Tuihalamake, who plays middle linebacker at El Camino, told me to come out and play and to come back and start playing football again. So, that is how I ended up at El Camino."
Kuli, who says he has decided against going on a mission, poured his efforts into football last season and finished with 50 total tackles and 20 solo stops. He also had 12 tackles for 44 yards in losses, 3.5 sacks for another 24 yards in losses, two pass deflections and two fumbles caused.
"I just see myself as a guy who loves competition," said Kuli. "I love to compete and I love to give it my all. I compete hard on every play and never take a play off. Rushing the quarterback and then running down running backs are what I enjoy most about playing defensive end."
Kuli has been offered by a number of schools, but admits he is in no hurry to make a decision.
"I have been offered by Washington, Arizona State, Arizona, Cal, Oregon, Oregon State, Texas A&M, Nebraska, Texas , LSU, Ole Miss, Oklahoma State ," said Kuli. "Oklahoma has talked to me about offering and they are trying to set something up. Nebraska and Texas A&M are two teams that I have the most education on. Of course, that also includes BYU because I have visited there. They have great facilities."
Would Kuli have more of an interest in Oklahoma should they offer?
"Oh yes, most definitely," said Kuli. "They are a powerhouse and one heck of a team. They are always winning championships and they always have good defensive ends. I give Oklahoma a lot of respect. If Oklahoma offers, I will have a great interest in them."
So what is Kuli looking for in a college?
"I am not only interested in a school with a good football program, but for a place with good people," said Kuli. "I am not worried about style of defense or step chart as much as I am about the people that I am going to be playing with and for."
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