Painful past pushes Elijah Qualls forward
January, 3, 2013
By Mason Kelley | ESPN.com
Tom Hauck for ESPN.comDefensive end commit Elijah Qualls is rated No. 16 at his position and No. 212 overall in the nation.
PETALUMA, Calif. -- Students spill out of classrooms across the Petaluma (Calif.) Casa Grande campus. They head toward parking lots, trying to avoid puddles created by the December rain in Northern California.
Faces are filled with looks of relief. The teenagers are one day closer to finishing finals and starting winter break.
For Elijah Qualls, though, it is not quite time to head home. Somewhere, sitting in one of the classrooms, the 6-foot-1, 282-pound defensive lineman is buried in a book. The Washington commit knows academic success is part of the path that will lead him to college and away from his past.
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