Qualls Making a Big Splash

The Petaluma (Calif.) Casa Grande jumbo athlete, Elijah Qualls, has three Pac-12 offers and more interested, and he took unofficial visits this past weekend to the two Los Angeles schools...

Petaluma (Calif.) Casa Grande athlete Elijah Qualls (6-2, 265), is now up to three offers, all from the Pac-12, and he also hit a couple more Pac-12 schools this past weekend.

Last week, Arizona State and Oregon State offered and on Monday night, another Pac-12 offer joined the fray.

"Washington offered me tonight," said Qualls, the offer coming as an athlete. "Coach (Tosh) Lupoi offered me and said he was talking to the coaches and they want me for both sides of the ball, as a defensive lineman and some packages on offense."

This past weekend, Qualls visited both UCLA and USC, the former for an unofficial and the latter for their Junior Day.

"USC was awesome," said Qualls. "The vibe I got from the coaches, the whole thing was just incredible. I talked to all of the coaches and mainly with Coach O (Ed Orgeron) and he told me that he wanted me to come out to spring practice and check them out. They like me as a defensive lineman."

On Saturday, Qualls stopped by UCLA and took a quick trip around the school.

"The same thing with USC, UCLA was incredible," said Qualls. "The coach we met, Angus McClure, was cool and the campus was nice and they showed us the facilities. We met Tim Tebow there, he was there working out. It was pretty amazing."

The versatile two-way threat said he planned to go back to UCLA for their spring practice, to meet the rest of the coaches.

Qualls said he felt like Washington was close to offering, before they did on Monday and he thinks another offer from the Pac-12 could be coming.

"I think Arizona could be offering me soon too," said Qualls.

Qualls plays fullback and on the defensive line and said he's open to both sides, but if he had to choose, defense is where he'd pick.

"I'm getting recruited as a defensive lineman and as a fullback, but mostly as a defensive lineman," said Qualls. "It's actually more as a jumbo athlete. I just need to know if I have to drop weight or gain weight, depending on what position I play."

Qualls said he's in no hurry to decide.

"I want to go through the whole process and I want to get to know the coaches, visit the schools, see how their program is, see what their school is like and get everything I can out of this," said Qualls.

Qualls said he may be visiting Cal this weekend for their Junior Day, and he's planning to attend a number of camps this spring.

Brandon is in his eighth year with Scout.com and FOXSportsNext, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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