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Qualls lands first two Pac-12 offers

Elijah Qualls is listed as an athlete but that's not necessarily fair to the Casa Grande (Calif.) Petaluma because the 6-foot-2, 260-pound prospect can basically play almost any position on the field.
Qualls could play fullback, defensive end, defensive tackle, linebacker and anywhere he's really needed and that's why Arizona State and Oregon State have offered so far.
Petaluma coach Trent Herzog said there are rumors Iowa State has offered but the Cyclones have not yet. They're interested in him but so far the two Pac-12 offers are the ones that have come in.
"This last week starting after signing day I started getting a few calls and a couple coaches contacted him on Facebook and I've been getting his film out to coaches," Herzog said. "Now they're all getting back in their offices and most of them got back to me this week.
"Arizona State and Oregon State watched the film and both have offered. There are rumors that Iowa State offered but they haven't yet. They're very interested and close to offering but they have not offered yet."
Iowa State might offer at some point since the coaching staff has been recruiting Qualls for some time but there has been nothing official yet.
"He's from Sacramento but he started getting mail from (Iowa State) and would get three or four letters a week," Herzog said.
"I just called them and said I think he's a Division I guy but are you interested in him? They said they were interested and the coach called back and said their head coach knew the head coach at Cordova and that's how they got involved. He's really interested in them."
Qualls was expected to take an unofficial visit to UCLA on Saturday and then attend the USC junior day on Sunday. Washington is also showing interest early on.
The Petaluma standout is so versatile that Herzog believes more offers could definitely be coming in soon.
"He has great burst and explosive power," Herzog said.
"He has good speed for his size. He's really explosive, really tough and he has tremendous ball skills. He can catch the ball, I think he only fumbled once all year and he didn't drop any passes. He's really coachable, picks things up fast and he's a real team player. He's got a lot of talent."
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