THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Casa Grande senior Elijah Qualls, who has verbally committed to play football next fall at the University of Washington, will be starting at defensive tackle in tonight’s nationally televised Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl football game in Carson.
The game, which airs at 6 p.m. today on the NFL Network, is one of three all-star games that typically attract the top 250 players in the nation. Qualls was invited to two of the games but chose Semper Fi on the recommendation of his future coaches at Washington, his high school coach Trent Herzog said.
Several of Qualls’ future teammates are also on the West squad.
Qualls will start at defensive tackle and has also been taking snaps at fullback in practice. He’s the No. 3 running back on the depth chart, Herzog said.
An All-Empire heavyweight wrestler as a junior, Qualls is using this winter to focus on school and staying in shape, Herzog said.
Qualls starred on both sides of the ball his junior and senior seasons at Casa Grande, though he projects primarily as a defensive tackle in college.