Spartan Nation caught up with the 6-foot-4, 310 pound 3-star recruit moments ago ahead of his visit to Michigan State this weekend to talk about his recruiting process and his upcoming visit, which he is obviously ready for.
“I’m more than excited, words can’t even describe it right now,” he said. “I remember when I got the call yesterday about the visit being finalized this weekend and my jaw dropped.”
Mallory, who holds 11 offers in the recruiting process, including offers from Syracuse and Iowa State, along with the Spartans, will be joined by his Mom, Dad, sister, and brother on the visit to East Lansing.
While he remains uncommitted for the time being, Mallory admitted that he has his eye on the Spartans and that if he has the opportunity to sign with Michigan State less than a month from now, it would mean a great deal to him.
“It would mean more than anything than probably anything that I’ve done in my entire life,” he said. “To commit to that brotherhood, that family mentality they have there would be a really good thing for me.”
Mallory said that he’s excited for his visit for a number of reasons, including the opportunity to see the basketball team, ranked No. 4 in the country, take on Michigan at the Breslin Center on Saturday.
“I’m very excited, I’ve never even seen a basketball game in person, so this will be my first basketball game ever in person,” he said. “And with it being the Michigan State team and watch them play Michigan is going to be awesome.”
While he takes pride in what he’s accomplished on the football field, the standout defensive lineman is also proud of the work that he’s put into the classroom to allow himself to be academically eligible to play at the collegiate level.
And with challenges in front of him along the way, Mallory told Spartan Nation that he’s happy to see the time and effort in the classroom pay off for him.
“Just going through the trials and tribulations with my grades from when they first offered me to overcoming all of that now,” he said. “Knowing that they didn’t give up on me and knowing that I worked for what I wanted, it’s a very good feeling.”
One thing that stands out about Michigan State to Mallory is the fact that the Spartans’ coaching staff stood by his side through his academic challenges and is something that he won’t soon forget now that he’s closing in on making a decision on his future.
“It honestly means everything to me,” he said. “Just them staying with me for the longest time made me feel like I was apart of the family. I feel like the little brother at times, getting picked on by the older brothers and finally being raised up and taught well. For them to bring me in all nicely and be patient with me means everything.”
But on the field, Mallory remains focused on improving his game and has continued getting bigger and stronger as he understands there is a real possibility that he could see the field early on in his career if he chooses the Spartans.
“I talked to coach Burton and coach Dantonio about freshman play and they said I’d get a lot,” he said. “What I’m doing right now to get bigger, right now, I’ve gained about 20 pounds of muscle and grown a couple of inches, so right now, I’m 6-4, 310. I’m getting ready for the game, the competitiveness, everything, I’m getting ready to play.”
When asked what’s next for Mallory on if his trip to East Lansing goes well, the 6-foot-4, 310-pound defensive lineman said simply that he’ll waste little time joining the Spartans.
“Hands down,” he said. “If everything goes well, I’ll commit right then and there.”
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