In the grueling Purdue camp on Saturday afternoon, the Brownsburg (Ind.) prospect demonstrated why so many Big Ten schools have shown interest. With the 2014 class just about in place, and only four members remaining, NU has to start looking forward.
During the next few months, the 2015 recruiting picture will take shape. And even with the offensive line among the team's current strengths, the Wildcats will always look to replenish the depth chart.
Mallory not only proved his worth in the top group, but also showed hustle despite the blistering heat in West Lafayette. He's a passionate player, and someone who NU could appreciate.
"I did a good job in one-on-ones," Mallory said. "I felt it like was a great day, and every drill is equally important."
Mallory said he may attend the upcoming Northwestern showcase, but regardless, the Wildcats are trying to stake an early claim in his recruitment.
Iowa has been his most aggressive suitor, though that could change with more solid camp performances in the coming months.
"Iowa has very big interest," he said. "I've also been hearing from [Indiana], Northwestern and Michigan."
Mallory could fit into a number of offensive looks. Scout.com analyst Allen Trieu said he could eventually fit into the tackle spot. Mallory thinks that on top of his versatility, coaches have grown to value his hard-nosed play.
"They see the size, obviously, but also see me work hard in everything I do," Mallory said. "I always get out and do my best."
It's an interesting time for NU. By July, the Wildcats might have their entire 2014 class in place. Then, it'll be time to move on and address important needs.
There's no rest on the trail, and Mallory could be one of the next in line.