Malik Henry is one of the top quarterbacks in the 2016 class, currently rated the No. 33 junior in the nation. He has led the Warriors to an 8-2 record completing 126-245 passes (51%) for 1,932 yards and 15 touchdowns with four interceptions. He has also rushed for 314 yards and five more scores.
Henry had a big spring and summer and saw his stock soar through the roof. New offers flooded in daily and the signal caller cut his list down to a final four back in August. The four who made the cut were Florida State, Notre Dame, Ohio State and UCLA and Henry will announce his choice today on ESPNU at 1:30 (PST).
At the time he cut his list, here is what Henry had to say about each of his finalist.
Florida State: "I have a great relationship with Coach Brewster and loved my visit there. I like the area, the facilities and the opportunity to play for a coach like Coach Fisher would be an incredible opportunity.
"He really knows what he's doing and I fit in really well in that offense. Florida State runs a lot of shotgun and allows the quarterback to make reads and throw from the pocket or take off when needed. They also produce a lot of great quarterbacks and that's big for me."
Notre Dame: "I really like Matt LaFleur, the QB coach, a lot. He came over from the Redskins and has an NFL background. He worked with RG3 (Robert Griffin) and sees a lot of the same things in me. I went to the Irish Invasion camp and just fell in love with the place.
"Notre Dame is a small school and I'm very comfortable there. It's a great academic school as well as football and you can just feel the tradition walking around the campus. I like their offense a lot as well and I think it really fits my skill set well."
Ohio State: "Urban Meyer is a great coach and I really like their whole coaching staff a lot. I like Coach Herman a lot and his track record for producing quality quarterbacks and high powered offenses is about as good as you'll see.
"I had a great visit there and really liked the facilities. Braxton Miller is one of my favorite quarterbacks to watch and the coaches have compared me to him and said they would like to use me in the same way. Just like with the other schools, the offense really fits me too, they use a dual threat quarterback and that's what I do."
UCLA: "UCLA is the hometown school and I've always followed them. I talk to the Mazzoone's, Taylor and Noel, all the time and we have a great relationship. I really love being up there on campus, it's a beautiful place and I have a great comfort level there.
"Location won't play much of a factor for me but it would be a nice added bonus to be able to play in front of my friends and family. Their offense is very similar to what we do at Westlake, even the formations are similar. Coach Mora has really turned the program around and I like the direction they're going in right now."
Realistically, this is a two-horse race between the Noles and Irish and it sounds like it could go either way. Late in the summer and early this fall, all the buzz was on Notre Dame. Henry took multiple visits to South Bend including a game weekend when the Irish pounded Michigan 31-0 and it seemed like only a matter of time before the quarterback pulled the trigger.
Momentum seemed to switch a bit to the Noles in mid-October, right around the time Notre Dame landed a commitment from Brandon Wimbush. The irony is Florida State has commitments from three quarterbacks in the 2015 class but that doesn't appear to faze Henry at this point. He has said multiple times he doesn't worry about depth charts or who else has signed, he's looking for the best all around fit and where he's most comfortable. We'll find out in about 24 hours exactly where that is.
Whoever lands Henry is getting a player with tremendous physical tools. He has continued to grow and fill out and should be in the 6-3, 210 pound range midway through his college career. He has a very live arm, shows nice touch on the deep ball and the mobility to not only buy time in the pocket but run for positive yards as well.
Check out mid-season junior highlights of Henry below