Qualls sticks with UW
Elijah Qualls (FoxSportsNEXT.com)
Elijah Qualls (FoxSportsNEXT.com)
Editor Dawgman.com
Posted Jan 14, 2013
Chris Fetters


Dawgman.com spoke Monday with Petaluma (Calif.) Casa Grande Head Coach Trent Herzog, who clarified the situation surrounding one of his players - Elijah Qualls - and the possibility of taking official visits to other schools. The 6-foot-2, 292-pound athlete has been verbally committed to UW since June, but programs like UCLA and Nebraska have been calling and enquiring about availability.

"Elijah has said that he's 100 percent Washington; they've been recruiting him for over a year now," Herzog said. "His main focus right now is staying committed to staying on track and being NCAA-eligible and that he can get up there in early summer."

There was talk of Qualls visiting a couple of other schools, but he decided after talking to Herzog and the academic people at Casa Grande Monday that he will only take his one official visit to Washington. According to Herzog, it was best for Qualls to continue to stay on track with the academic program that has him currently eligible and NCAA-approved.

Qualls is set to take his official visit to Montlake this weekend, and he's expecting to see Washington Head Coach Steve Sarkisian at his school Tuesday. But there was some confusion over how he was expected to handle the rest of the recruiting process leading up to signing day on February 6th.

"I just went to him and I said, 'Are you going to take any more trips?', and he said, 'I'm thinking about it. I talked to Nebraska last night and I've been talking to UCLA'. I just asked him, 'Are you 100 percent committed to Washington?', and he said, 'Yes.' So I told him, 'Let's not waste these guys' time if all you're doing is taking free trips. You've taken plenty of unofficial visits and with the all-star games…

"It's time where he's at academically that's where the focus is. He has study halls and he has labs that he has to complete on the weekends, and he's not going to complete those labs if he takes all these official visits.

"He's on track to graduate and is NCAA-approved. I told him, 'This week is your week - you go up there (to UW) and have a great time this weekend. But once you come home it's all school. He's committed and he's going to do it."

Elijah Qualls Scout.com profile



Related Stories
Qualls set to see Nebraska
 -by BigRedReport.com  Jan 14, 2013
Q&A - Mat Taylor
 -by Dawgman.com  Jan 8, 2013
Semper Fi: West Running Drills
 -by FOXSportsNEXT.com  Jan 2, 2013

MAGAZINE COVERAGE
Get the 2013 Recruiting Yearbook and a full year of Sports Washington Magazine with an Annual Total Access Pass.
Sign Up Today!

Upgrade Now!
Free Email Newsletter
Don't miss any news or features from Dawgman.com. Subscribe to our newsletter to have our newest articles emailed to you on a daily or weekly basis.
Click here for a list of all Team Newsletters.

Add Players to My HotList
Get free email alerts with news about your favorite players. Click name to add to My HotList.
FB Elijah Qualls (profile)
[View My HotList]
Add Topics to My HotList
Get free email alerts with news about your favorite topics. Click link to add to My HotList.
Football > Nebraska > Recruiting
Football > Washington > Recruiting
[View My HotList]