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Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Huskies pledge Qualls eyes two visits

By Brandon P. Oliver

Elijah Qualls
Elijah Qualls continues to be pursued by UCLA and Nebraska despite his commitment to Washington.

SANTA ANA, Calif. -- One of the most intriguing players in the country is undersized as a defensive tackle and oversized as a running back, yet has the ability to do both at a high level. This week, Elijah Qualls (Petaluma, Calif./Casa Grande) is playing the position that comes most naturally to him, defensive tackle.

After a standout performance at the first day of practice for the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, it's easy to see why UCLA and Nebraska continue to pursue the No. 212 player in the ESPN 300 despite his longtime commitment to Washington. The 6-foot-2, 265-pound Qualls is an interesting player because he can  play all over the field.

The Bruins and Nebraska are angling to get Qualls on official visits in January.

"I am still committed to Washington and that's where I'm headed," said Qualls, when asked if potential visits meant he was looking elsewhere. "I just want to see those schools and see what has changed with them."

UCLA, in particular, seems to interest the four-star player.

"I've been down there in the past, but I haven't been there since the new staff came in," Qualls said. "I want to visit and take a look around the campus and get to know their program a little better. One of their coaches knows my high school coaches really well and they all think I should at least give them a look."

Qualls spent time on both the offensive and defensive lines, as well as running back, for Casa Grande.