Elijah Qualls could play multiple positions and that's one thing that makes the Petaluma (Calif.) Casa Grande athlete so valuable is that he can play all over the place.
The 6-foot-2, 260-pound athlete already has offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Iowa State, Oregon State and Washington and he's excited about where his recruitment is headed.
"From every call I've had with coaches, they always tell me the offense and the defense has been fighting where I'm going to play," Qualls said. "Washington told me they're going to put me on defense but also have a couple packages for me on offense. No one really has a specific position right now."
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Over the next couple months, Qualls said he plans to visit Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Arizona and Arizona State but he has no specific dates yet.
The Casa Grande standout just returned from unofficial trips to USC and UCLA and things went well at both places. He thinks the Bruins might be close to an offer but he's not quite sure yet.
"USC and UCLA, I went to those two schools, and USC only has 15 scholarships and they told me they love me but they're just taking their time right now," Qualls said. "I understand that and there's still a chance I could get offered by them.
"I talked to the UCLA coach and he watched my highlight film and loved it. I don't know if they're close to offering but they seem really interested in my abilities."
Since it's still early and Qualls wants to take some trips, he doesn't have a top school and plans to remain patient with recruiting. With so much ability on both sides of the ball there's a good chance he could land more offers heading into his senior season.
"I don't really want to establish a favorite right now," Qualls said. "I want to get to know the coaches and take things slow because I talk to a lot of people and they say it's stressful. I want to take my time, get to know the coaches and develop a relationship with them.
"I'm trying to take some unofficial visits to some schools in the next couple months, check those places out and take my time right now. I'm focusing on my high school grades and next season before I even focus on college."