Classroom focus pays off for UW commit

Elijah Qualls (Petaluma, Calif./Casa Grande) was stressed.

Days before the 6-foot-1, 282-pound defensive tackle was scheduled to take his last finals before winter break, he was worried about his grades in chemistry and Spanish.

The senior stayed after school. He studied at home late into each night.

He did everything he could to ensure he got the grades he needed to be able to start his college career with Washington on time.