Elijah Qualls said he had a great day at USC on Sunday and that the Trojans are among a handful of favorites.
The Petaluma (Calif.) Casa Grande athlete spent more time with the coaching staff and even though he's not ready to make a commitment USC is definitely moving up even higher on his list.
"SC is nice," Qualls said. "They are nice. They're definitely in the running for it. I really like them. They're definitely in my top three.
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"I don't know about committing yet. They're a school I'm going to take a closer look at and keep talking with the coaches to get to know them more and more. We'll see where it goes from there."
Qualls, a 6-foot-2, 279-pound three-star prospect who could play defensive tackle, running back or some other positions in college, said he had some great conversations with the USC coaching staff.
"I talked to (John) Baxter and he's a great guy," Qualls said. "He basically broke down what they're trying to do and how they're doing it. That was good and I went into his office and had a good talk with him.
"We went over my academics and he helped me go over that a little more. We went outside and there was a skills camp so there was a lot of talent at the camp. I got with the coaches more. Coach (Ed Orgeron), coach (Clay) Helton, (Lane) Kiffin and all of them. I got to be around them a little more and get more comfortable with them."
Qualls said USC, Washington, Oregon State, Cal, Nevada, Michigan and Arizona made the cut for him. Visits to Cal and Washington could happen in the coming weeks.