"Something that impressed me was definitely how the coaches coach," Mallory said. "There are definitely some crazy coaches out there that do more yelling than coaching. As I was watching the practice, I really watched the coaches and they did more constructive criticism. They told them what they did wrong and how to fix it. I think they do an awesome job of teaching instead of a whole lot of yelling."
Mallory has signed up for an Iowa camp in June. He's been in consistent contact with Hawkeye assistant Eric Johnson.
"He said that I am at the top of his recruiting list and that if I was any higher on the list that I would have an offer right now," Mallory said. "He said that as soon as I get out to camp that he can maybe give me an offer."
Mallory, who plays for Brownsburg (IN) High, said he also has heard from Michigan, Auburn, Indiana, Purdue, Illinois, Cincinnati and Ball State. He attended the Illinois spring game this month and games at Indiana, Purdue and Michigan in the fall. In addition, he's scheduled to camp at Michigan, Purdue, Indiana and Notre Dame this summer.
The 6-foot-5, 304-pound Mallory said he has played guard and tackle at Brownsburg, which runs the triple option. Schools have not said whether they like him better on the inside or outside, he said.
"I do have a good drive block," Mallory said. "I'm definitely big enough, so I can get ahold of guys and take them back and take them where I need to go. I have quick feet for my size. My pass blocking is pretty good, too."
Mallory also wrestles and plays rugby for Brownsburg.
"My (recruiting) plan is to get in contact with as many coaches as possible," he said. "I want to get out to camps and show what I can do at the camps and just go from there."