Summer Time Trim for Qualls

The Petaluma (Calif.) Casa Grande two-way athlete, Elijah Qualls, will narrow his list come summer...

Petaluma (Calif.) Casa Grande athlete Elijah Qualls (6-2, 265) has offers from all across the country, and he's hoping to start narrowing his list down before summer kicks in.

"Probably by late June, I'll be able to narrow it down to about 5-6 schools," said Qualls.

And Qualls said despite not having a solid favorite, a few schools are certain to make the list.

"I'm not really sure about a favorite, but I know that USC, Washington and probably Oregon State will be on that list."

Qualls has visited Washington, Cal, Oregon State, Oregon, Arizona State, Arizona, UCLA and USC this spring, and would like to see more national schools.

"I'm still interested in the national schools," said Qualls. "I didn't say any will be on my list for sure yet, and it's because they're far out there, and I haven't had a chance to get out there and see them yet. If I get a chance to get out and see them, like Michigan and Oklahoma, and I love it, they'll be in my top also."

Qualls said he doesn't have a set time frame in mind for when he'd like to decide.

"For right now, I plan on taking all five of my visits, that way I have no ifs when I decide," said Qualls. "I want to try and make sure I get all I can out of this process. I'd like to decide maybe during my season or maybe a couple of weeks after my season."

Qualls can play on both sides of the ball, with some offers as a running back, and most offers as a defensive linemen. This past Sunday, he was one of the standout defensive linemen in attendance, earning an invitation to The Opening in July.

"I feel really honored to be going to it," said Qualls. "There will be a lot of competition there, and I am excited to see how I do among the top 18 lineman. If they let me try some running, I'll definitely get some reps in there."

From a recruiting standpoint, though, Qualls said that the pull of both sides is a little overwhelming.

"I'm still open to either side," said Qualls. "Any school could offer me as an athlete, but it's whatever they feel I'm best suited for. It's kind of stressing, though, when you have 2-3 coaches you have to keep track with from each school."

Academically, Qualls said he's nearing a 3.0 and is awaiting his results from his May SAT test.

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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