Qualls adds a big offer 

May, 16, 2012
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The USC Trojans extended a scholarship offer to defensive lineman Elijah Qualls (Petaluma, Calif./Casa Grande) on Tuesday after defensive coordinator Ed Orgeron watched Qualls during an evaluation visit.

Qualls had been in contact with quarterbacks coach Clay Helton throughout the process and understood the need for USC to be deliberate in their evaluations due to limited scholarships. Qualls said he was told that the slower movement might mean an offer could be on the way sometime during the summer, but that changed quickly once Orgeron set his sights on the 6-foot-2, 260-pound defensive lineman.

"Coach O loved what he saw and he wanted to speed up the process," Qualls said. "I guess he wanted to offer me about 30 minutes after my spring ball started, but he wasn't allowed to talk to me there."