UCLA Offer Surprises Henry

The Westlake (Calif.) 2016 quarterback, Malik Henry, was surprised by the UCLA offer he received earlier this week...

Westlake (Calif.) 2016 quarterback Malik Henry (6-3, 185) was sitting in class this week when he got a message from his father.

His dad had called UCLA head coach Jim Mora and, during the course of the conversation, Mora told the elder Henry that he was offering his sophomore son.

When Henry got the news from his father, it floored him.

"I had heard it from my dad, but when I found out UCLA offered, it was surprising," said Henry. "I didn't think I would get it so soon. They hadn't really been in contact with me personally. I hadn't really heard from them myself since I went to the Arizona State game. So it was surprising."

His dad, though, had been in contact with the UCLA coaches, including not long after the Elite 11, where Henry was the top underclass passer at the event.

Since, Henry has talked with Angus McClure, the UCLA defensive line coach who recruits Ventura County, and they've also spoken to both Noel Mazzone and Taylor Mazzone, the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach respectively.

"I went to the Arizona State and the Nevada game at UCLA as a recruit," said Henry. "The offer was big because it's very important to play in front of my family."

The Bruins followed Colorado and BYU, who had offered Henry during the fall.

"I had never actually been in contact with BYU, but they told Coach (Jim) Benkert (the longtime Westlake coach), that they were offering me so he told me in the weight room I had an offer," said Henry. "Colorado, there again, Coach Benkert told me that they had offered."

Now with a trio of offers under his belt, Henry thinks more could be coming, with several schools expected to stop by in the spring.

"South Carolina, Michigan State, Tennessee, Auburn, Notre Dame, Arizona State, Ohio State and Oregon are all supposed to come see me throw in the spring," said Henry.

Henry said he's open to playing in any style of offense.

"I'm comfortable in any type of offense," said Henry. "At Westlake, it's more spread, but it's not an Oregon spread. We might throw in some two-back. But it's a tempo, just not Oregon tempo. But tempo offenses are a natural fit. I scramble to make a play and I can run if need to be. But if I'm scrambling, I want to make a play with my arm."

Henry's father is from Virginia and played basketball at East Carolina and his mother has roots in Ohio.

"I'm open to going anywhere," said Henry. "I'm not just open to the West Coast."

This summer, Henry will spread out for his camps, going to camps at Arizona State, Michigan State, South Carolina and UCLA.

He's also in no rush to make a commitment, with two years until he can sign.

"I'm just going to weigh my options now for down the road," said Henry.

At 6-3, 185, Henry says there is still room to grow physically.

"I think I still have a couple more inches to grow and then maybe get up to 200-215," said Henry.

Also a gifted baseball player, Henry, a pitcher and leftfielder, could have a choice to make down the line.

"Depending on what college I go to, I'll have to take it up with the coach, but if I can play baseball, I think I would try. So it could have an effect on the college I choose," said Henry.

Henry will play with Elite Athletes on the 7on7 circuit and will be at the Pylon Elite 7on in Las Vegas next month.

Academically, he plans to take the SAT and ACT as a junior.

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