Henry Takes In Practice

The Westlake (Calif.) 2016 quarterback, Malik Henry, who UCLA has already offered, was at an early spring practice at Spaulding Field...

Westlake (Calif.) 2016 quarterback Malik Henry (6-3, 185), has flourished this offseason, putting his stamp on being the top passer in the region in his class.

It started at the Los Angeles Elite 11 in January and then continued at the Los Angeles NFTC and the Pylon Elite 7v7, where he was in the top three quarterbacks, regardless of class, at each event.

So it's no surprise that the two Los Angeles schools have focused their attention in 2016 recruiting on him.

UCLA offered Henry in February and then USC followed suit last month.

Both schools have had him on campus in the past couple of weeks too, for their spring practices.

UCLA had him most recently, hosting Henry last Thursday.

"I love the tempo and the energy in practice," said Henry. "The atmosphere is great at UCLA. I like the drills that Coach (Taylor) Mazzone is running. I think the offense is flowing and overall the practice is really good. I really like UCLA right now."

It was the first time that Henry had gotten to see a UCLA practice.

"It was my first time at their practice and I was just about to watch Coach Mazzone put them through some really good drills," said Henry.

Henry spoke with head coach Jim Mora after the practice too.

"Coach Mora is an outstanding coach," said Henry. "The way he runs his program is great."

Henry said the Bruins have been after him the most aggressively.

"I'd say that probably UCLA is recruiting me the hardest and Coach Mazzone mostly," said Henry.

USC also had him on campus for a practice.

"Coach Tui (Marques Tuiasosopo) is recruiting me at USC and I also talked with Coach Sark (Steve Sarkisian). I love the offense that Coach Sark has put in at USC. I think it's going to help them a lot this year," said Henry.

Arizona State, BYU, Colorado, Nebraska, UCLA and USC have all offered Henry and he'll visit Tempe soon.

"My spring break is next week so we're going to head down to Arizona State," said Henry.

Henry plans to camp with the two Los Angeles schools this summer and a number of other camps.

"I know I'm going to South Carolina, Michigan State, Ohio State, UCLA and USC," said Henry.

This spring, a number of schools plan to come and see Henry throw.

"I've heard from Notre Dame, Florida State, Auburn, Michigan State and Penn State and Ohio State about them all coming to see me throw this spring," said Henry.

Henry said the acceleration of his recruiting process has been overwhelming but he's enjoying it.

"It's very exciting and I'm very blessed to have the chance," said Henry. "It's kind of crazy I'm only a sophomore but it's a blessing."

And at this juncture, he's giving every school a chance.

"I mean I definitely like UCLA and USC, but I'm open to anything right now," said Henry. "I have family out here and I have family on the East Coast. So I'm open to going anywhere."

Henry said that the 7v7 circuit has also been a help to him.

"I know 7v7 has helped me a lot, especially for my reads. The beginning of my freshman year, I was having trouble reading defenses, but going through 7v7, I know how to read a defense and I know what other teams are trying to scheme. Now I can put our Westlake offense to better use," said Henry.

***BRO Editor's Note: We've heard that UCLA is leading for Henry. Here's Tracy Pierson's commentary from his latest Recruiting Buzz:

"The 2016 quarterback from Westlake Village (Calif.) Westlake, Malik Henry, was at UCLA's practice Thursday, decked out in Bruin gear. Henry has emerged as the most promising quarterback prospect in the west for 2016 and, of course, it's still early, and there's a great deal of recruiting for him to go through, but we're hearing UCLA is his leader at this point. It sounds like Notre Dame is about to go after him pretty hard and, of course, USC has offered."


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