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Four-star commit to wait on visits

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Elijah Qualls is still happily committed to Washington but the Petaluma (Calif.) Casa Grande four-star defensive tackle is planning to take other official visits.
It won't be for a while though as the 6-foot-1, 282-pound standout doesn't intend to take any trips until after his senior season.
"I'm probably not going to take any visits until after my football season because our team is good and I think we have a chance of making a run," Qualls said.
"It's going to take effort and a lot of work from everybody so I'm going to stay here and focus on that and then take visits after the season."
Waiting is perfectly fine with Qualls, rated as the No. 21 defensive tackle in the 2013 class by Rivals.com.
He's been to a few college football games and has a basic understanding of the game-day atmosphere so Qualls thinks it's more important to spend valuable time with the coaching staffs later on.
Trips to Arizona and Miami are still expected and Qualls is hearing from a few new programs that pique his interest.
"I've been to a couple college games so I know the atmosphere," Qualls said.
"I know they're all a little different but I got the base of it. It's better so I can spend actual time with the coaches now that I'm taking the officials after the season. I have academics and football on my plate so that will be a better time.
"Those are the two places (Arizona and Miami) I'd definitely like to go to. I don't know the other places but those two are still up there."
Cal, Nebraska and Washington State continue to show lots of interest in Qualls, who said he thought some programs would slow down recruiting him after his commitment but that has not happened.
Washington State is one of the main programs staying active.
"That's always funny to me," Qualls said. "I thought that when I committed to Washington they'd stop but they're coming after me and I definitely respect that."
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