2017 Northwest Mississippi DE/LB Quondarius Qualls could be on the cusp of getting some offers

2017 Northwest Mississippi DE/LB Quondarius Qualls (6-2, 220) is a rising prospect among JUCO players and he's got a few schools that are very interested in what he can do on the football field...

As a freshman for the Rangers last season, Qualls totaled a team-leading 10 sacks and 16.5 tackles-for-loss to go along with 67 tackles.

"I mainly play defensive end, but I also stand up and even drop back into coverage sometimes," Qualls told JCFootball.com in a recently conversation. "I'm kinda that hybrid player who can do some linebacker and also get after the quarterback."

A big key with Qualls is his speed.

"I use my speed and get off to get to the quarterback," Qualls said. "I recently ran a 4.55 and, to me, that's what really sets me apart from some of the other pass-rushers out there."

Qualls has been hard at work this offseason, perfecting his craft by living in the weight room and working on the finer points of his game on the field.

"I'm working really hard at getting stronger and also working on my rush moves," Qualls noted. "I'm also trying to gain more weight just so I can hold up on the edge better and to be an even bigger threat rushing the quarterback."

So far, Qualls is still waiting on his first offer, but things have begun to pick up on that front in recent weeks.

"The main schools I've been hearing from are Mississippi State, Louisiana Tech and Southern Miss," Qualls said. "All of them said they like me, but they were still evaluating me. 

"I'm not too worried about it right now. I'm focused on my spring practices and also getting ready for my sophomore season, so I'm just working toward that and getting better. The rest of it will have to take care of itself."

Qualls prepped in Louisiana and was unable to get qualified for a scholarship to a four-year school, so he decided to head to Northwest Mississippi to get his academics in order and to keep working toward earning and opportunity to play football at the highest level possible.

"I really felt at home with the coaches here," Qualls said.

Qualls is on pace to finish up his two-year degree in December and he will have three years to play two following the 2016 football season.

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