"No, not at all. I was willing to play any position," the Vicksburg senior said about his college football recruitment. "I'm still willing to play any position that coach sees will help the team most."
Hillsdale College sees the 6-foot-2, 225-pounder as a linebacker in its program. And don't get Mallery wrong — he's not disappointed. Everything seemed right at Hillsdale, so he committed to the Chargers.
"It's really a great compliment because not many people get to go play college football, let alone the position they love," said Mallery, a Gazette all-area performer who had 149 tackles in the 2011 season, including 22 for loss, five sacks, four forced fumbles and three recoveries.
"Being linebacker, the way I would compare it, it's basically the quarterback of the defense. I was making calls, making checks at the line — just a sense of leadership that you can give while you're out there."
Mallery, a 3.8 student who plans to major in sports management and minor in finance, is receiving "the highest football (scholarship) money that they can give," Vicksburg coach Tom Marchese said about the Chargers, who won the 2011 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title.