Top 2016 Quarterback Commits to Florida State

Malik Henry committed to Florida State on ESPNU Thursday afternoon

Westlake (CA) High School quarterback Malik Henry made it official on Thursday afternoon, committing to Florida State on ESPNU.

"I felt comfortable around coach Jimbo Fisher,” Henry said, “I think he's a great quarterback coach."

Henry also liked Tallahassee on his July visit for camp, "I love the atmosphere and everything about it."

The FSU baseball program was also a major factor in Henry’s decision. "I do plan to play baseball,” Henry confirmed. “I've talked to the coaches about it, and we've discussed it, and they're okay with me playing baseball."

Henry also confirmed that he has spoken with current Seminole signal-caller Jameis Winston over the phone, saying that Winston has said “great things” about Fisher and Florida State.

Asked what he would bring to the table at FSU, Henry pointed to intangibles: "Florida State is getting a guy who is going to work hard and be a great leader and a great teammate on and off the field."

Quick Analysis

Many within the Florida State program believe Henry is not only the best prospect in the 2016 class but the best prospect they have seen since Jameis Winston. Jimbo Fisher fell in love with Henry as a prospect during camp in July after observing Henry’s ability to absorb new information and make quick decisions.

Henry projects to play around 6’3, 220 at the college level and has all the tools expected of an elite prospect, but his strongest asset is his anticipation—also Winston’s biggest strength.

Henry is also a charismatic and likeable kid and will be as good a cornerstone recruit as FSU could ask for in 2016, akin to Derwin James for the 2015 class.

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