What we found is a player with a bright future going under the radar when you project where he'll play on the field once he reaches college.
High School Mason (Ohio)
HT 6-2 | WT 205 lbs.
High School Position Safety
Projected College Position Safety / Outside Linebacker
Quallen is not super fast but quick enough to get to any point on the field with his ability to read and diagnose pre-snap. He does a great job reacting on the move and shows the ability to adjust pre and post snap.
What sets Quallen apart is his willingness to be extremely physical as he takes on and defeats blocks. He also does a great job of shedding from a block to make a play.
Because of the defensive scheme he plays in, Quallen will be in on many plays as his position is the key to the defense for Mason.
At the college level Quallen will have to add bulk to his frame and get in the 225-230-pound range if he makes the projected move from high school safety to outside linebacker. This should not be a problem from what we've seen of Quallen over the past year.
Mason head coach Brian Castner is very excited about Quallen's future as he's seen players at his position in this defensive scheme have great success. For those who have followed high school football in Southwest Ohio over the years, Castner brought the defensive scheme used at his former coaching stop St. Xavier to Mason and placed Quallen in the same position that allowed former St. Xavier standout Luke Kuechly to have great success at the high school level.
While we can't place Quallen in the same category as the recent first-round draft pick, we do see some of the same skill sets needed to have success at the next level.
Quallen ability to man the safety position in high school will allow him to have a smooth transition to outside linebacker in college. He shows the ability to cover with above average hip turn and foot quickness while also having solid hands to make and finish a play on the ball.