Tamba Hali of Teaneck High School in New Jersey is one of the nations most highly sought recruits. Originally from Liberia, the 6'4, 245 pound defensive end has over 50 offers already from all over the country. Hali is known as a terror on the defensive side of the ball and earned All-State honors last year after recording 54 solo tackles and 12 sacks. He has a rare combination of speed (4.8), strength, quickness, and most importantly, a motor that won't stop. Add to that the fact that Hali also possesses a great work ethic and is strong in the classroom, and you can see why USC and defensive line coach Ed Orgeron are heavily pursuing him. In fact, USC was one of the first schools on the West Coast to offer Hali.
Hali is wide open as far as his college choices go but did mention some of the schools he is interested in as "Penn State, Syracuse, Miami, USC, Maryland, Tennessee...." Hali stopped there but stated that he is actually looking many more colleges in addition to those he named. With so many options, how can you blame him? He also admitted that right now, Penn State holds a small lead on the others. As far as official visits go, Hali hasn't scheduled any yet, but explained "I know I'm going to visit two colleges. Definitely Syracuse and Penn State." What is Hali looking for in the school he chooses? "Location, the climate, and what they have to offer in my major." He went on to explain that he is in no hurry to make a decision and plans to take all of his official visits. Will USC be one of those? Expect to hear a lot more on Hali once the September 1st contact period begins.