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ATLANTA -- Six schools still stand out for Elijah Qualls but the Petaluma (Calif.) Casa Grande athlete said USC and Washington are his favorites.
"Those are definitely my top two right now," Qualls said at registration for the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge.
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Those two Pac-12 schools along with Oregon State, Arizona, Cal and Nevada make up the top six for Qualls, a 6-foot-2, 279-pound three-star prospect who's rated No. 19 at his position and No. 35 in the California state rankings.
"It's been bouncing around in my head," Qualls said. "I narrowed my list to a final six. Basically, whoever offers, that's my final six.
"I want to know each of the schools more. I want to see what they're doing during the season. I've been doing this since the beginning so I want to take this slow and make the right decision. We'll see what happens."
Because Qualls can play running back, defensive tackle or possibly another position, he's been talking to six schools but nearly 20 position coaches.
That could be a little overwhelming but Qualls is taking it all in stride.
"Having to worry about all these colleges and then three positions at every college is a little stressing," Qualls said.
"It has been a great time getting to know all the people and it's bad to tell some of these schools no but it's a business and this is what I had to do. I narrowed it down to my final six which is like talking to 18 coaches."
Qualls would like to take official visits and has discussed with coaches about making his commitment and then taking trips.
That could be an issue as his recruitment continues but it's something the three-star is considering.
"I've asked a lot of schools out of curiosity if I committed there would I be able to take my official visits and some have said yes and others said we can talk about it," Qualls said.
"I'm going to keep that in mind because I want to take my officials but this process is stressful. I don't want to get it over with to rush it but I wouldn't mind getting it over with."
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