In college football, the rich tend to get richer. Such is the case for Florida State at the quarterback position.
With the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, Jameis Winston, already on the roster (if he doesn’t bolt to the NFL after this season) and three verbal commitments from four-star quarterbacks from the 2015 recruiting class, the Seminoles didn’t need to accept an verbal commitment from one of 2016’s top prospects. But that’s exactly what happened Thursday.
Malik Henry (Westlake/Westlake Village, Calif.), a five-star prospect according to Rivals.com, announced his intentions on ESPN’s College Football Daily to eventually sign a letter of intent to play for Florida State University.
“It was a tough decision, but I finally realized it was Florida State a week or two ago, after talking to Coach Fisher and reminiscing about my trip there,” Henry told ESPN.com’s Erik McKinney. “I felt comfortable at Florida State and around Tallahassee.
“I felt comfortable around coach (Florida State head coach) Jimbo Fisher. I think he’s a great quarterback coach, he knows his stuff and their offense is explosive. I think I can see myself in their offense.”
If Winston does leave after his redshirt sophomore campaign, Sean Maguire is expected to take over, and he’ll be a senior in 2016. That would allow Henry to redshirt one season and then compete for the starting job in 2017. Henry could also surprise and attempt to push for a starting spot from the onset of his career. Winston was a perfect example of Fisher allowing his young talent to take over the reins if they showed the ability to do so.
“I got that all the time when I was down there; they compared me to Jameis (Winston) and their offense. They have a lot of formations that we do at Westlake, so I’d fit well in their offense also,” Henry told Rivals.com in July.
Florida State became Henry’s top choice over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Ohio State Buckeyes and UCLA Bruins.
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