After taking his official visit to #15 Michigan Stateover the weekend, Bolingbrook (IL) 20183-star defensive lineman Dashaun Mallory left East Lansing with a reassured feeling about the Spartans and recapped his visit with Spartan Nation on Sunday night.
“The visit was incredible,” he said. “I loved it so much.”
Mallory said that having the opportunity to spend time with the players and coaches was a great opportunity for him, as he had the chance to witness what kind of team chemistry the Spartans have in person.
“I just loved being around the coaches, the players,” he said. “Just being around the facility, just stuff like that and just being around the chemistry that they have.”
While Mallory remains uncommitted for the time being, the 6-foot-3, 260-pound defensive lineman reaffirmed to Spartan Nation that Michigan State is his choice and will be ready to commit to the Spartans after paperwork is finalized later this week.
During his visit to Michigan State, Mallory had the chance to speak with Spartans’ head coach Mark Dantonio, who gave him words of encouragement and later added that he’s been told by Michigan State throughout the recruiting process that there is a strong possibility that he will see the field as a freshman.
“He told me a lot,” he said. “He told me to keep my head up, they want me and they know that and I know that. He was basically just telling me that my time was coming, really.”
Mallory also said that one thing that stands out about the Spartans to him is the fact that they have stood by him through thick and thin and to already have the trust of the Michigan State coaching staff means a great deal to him.
“It means a lot,” he said. “It just goes to show that they trust me already, knowing so little about me and it goes to show that I can trust them back and forth. It honestly feels like I already have that chemistry with them, not giving up on one another when one is struggling, it honestly feels good.”
Along with being able to interact and talk with the coaches, Mallory was also able to spend time with members of Michigan State’s defensive line and said he enjoyed getting to know Naquan Jones and Raequan Williams.
“Naquan is a really huge dude,” he said. “He’s fun, he’s funny and he’s loud, he’s a great character and he’s pretty much the life of the party no matter where he is.”
After spending time with Williams on his first night on campus at Michigan State, Mallory admitted that he saw a lot of similarities between himself and Williams.
“I had dinner with him the first night I was there, Friday,” he said. “He’s kind of like me, he’s quiet in a way, he stays about his business, he doesn’t go too much near the crowd, he stays more to himself. He resembles me a lot.”
So with his official visit officially wrapped up and National Signing Day right around the corner, Mallory said he feels right at home in East Lansing and is looking forward to being able to officially be a Spartan.
“Honestly, I did,” he said. “Aside from waking up and going to class or the workouts, I just felt that I was home. The very first day that I was there and I got the hotel and I laid there, and I was thinking that this was going to be me soon. I kept waking up and being around those guys and I just felt like I was home.”
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