Henry is Clearly Elite

Although just a sophomore, Westlake Village (Calif.) Westlake signal caller Malik Henry has made a huge jump in his development and deserves to be mentioned among the top quarterbacks in the region, regardless of class...

This was the third time we've had a chance to see Malik Henry this off-season and he continues to impress. He was a top three performer at the loaded Elite 11 Regional Camp in January and the recent Socal NIKE Camp and put on a show in Vegas this past weekend at the Pylon 7v7. Here's our evaluation of Henry following the event.

Henry is generating a ton of buzz right now and it's definitely warranted. Much like how Josh Rosen made a huge jump in his development following his sophomore year, Henry is doing the same and had another great weekend.

Henry has a big arm, is accurate with it and can throw with touch as well. He showed nice field awareness, being able to find his second and third guy and can absolutely rip it in to tight spaces. His mobility also sets him apart and as he continues to refine a few things, the sky is the limit with him.

Henry could be labeled a dual-threat quarterback because he has plus mobility, but he's fantastic in the pocket and can throw with anyone. His ability to roll out and run for positive yards is just an added bonus.

He's extremely competitive and we saw that first hand when some of the games got a little chippy and the trash talk started to fly. Henry has plenty of swagger and doesn't back down from anything.

"I thought our team came together really well," Henry said. "We were nervous at first, I know I was but we settled down and finished strong. We started to build some team chemistry and started to click.

"For me personally, I know I still have a lot to work on and I'm just trying to get better all the time. I need to keep working on my footwork and also my reads and progressions but overall, I feel good where I'm at right now."

On the recruiting front, Henry landed early offers from BYU and Colorado during his sophomore season and in the last month, picked up offers from UCLA, Arizona State and USC.

"I'm open to everyone right now and don't have a leader," Henry said. "Growing up, I never followed teams, I followed players so that's why I'm not really leaning to a particular school. My favorite quarterbacks are Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick, Teddy Bridgewater and Johnny Manziel. I like how those guys play and I kind of see myself with a similar style.

"This summer, I'm going to camp with UCLA, ASU, Michigan State and USC. I'm also going to the Sound Mind and Body camp in the Midwest. UCLA and BYU are probably recruiting me the hardest and I have a good relationship with those schools. My plan is to go through the process until after my junior year, see who offers and then make a decision the spring or summer before my senior year."

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