ATLANTA -- Former Dougherty football star Qwontez Mallory is taking it up a notch.
Mallory, who shined last season at Georgia Military College last year, was one of eight signees inked by the second-year Panthers program Wednesday during National Signing Day. Mallor is a 6-foot-2, 235-pound OLB whom coach Bill Curry said Wednesday he expects to make an immediate impact, along with GMC teammate D'Mario Gunn, a defensive back from Hampton.
"Qwontez Mallory is another one of those outstanding players from Georgia Military College," Curry told the school's website. "Another kind of player that is very difficult to find, you usually have to grow those guys. He can run and he tackles well."
Georgia State, which played its first season in school history last year, had no scholarship seniors on its inaugural 2010 team.
Georgia State coach Bill Curry returns every starter except the place-kicker from his 6-5 team. His eight signees included six players from Georgia. Five are from the Atlanta area.
Ben McLane, the starter for Class AAAAA state champion Brookwood High, is the only quarterback in the class.
Curry hopes to replace the one starter who graduated, place-kicker Iain Vance, by signing Christian Benvenuto of Palm Coast, Fla.