Top 2016 QB recruit Malik Henry to transfer from Florida State

Malik Henry
Malik Henry

Malik Henry’s Florida State career is over almost before it started after the former top recruit announced his intention to transfer from the university.

In a statement given to 247sports.com on Monday, Henry thanked Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher and the staff at Florida State for the opportunity they provided him, while also expressing his interest in transferring.

“I wish him and the team nothing but success,” Henry told 247sports.com. “At this time I don’t know what university I will be attending in the future.”

The California native was a highly touted four-star recruit out of high school, ranked by Rivals.com as the second best dual-threat quarterback in the 2016 recruiting class and the 34th best prospect overall. He committed to Florida State over Auburn, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Michigan and a host of other suitors, enrolling early at FSU in January of 2016.

Henry had a turbulent tenure at FSU. He was suspended in August for a violation of team rules before being reinstated a month later. Despite the reinstatement, he ended up redshirting his freshman season behind quarterbacks Deondre Francois, Sean Maguire and J.J. Cosentino.

The only game action that Henry saw during his time at FSU was during the spring game, where he completed 15 of 22 attempted passes for 205 yards and two touchdowns.

The Seminoles currently have two verbal commitments from quarterbacks in the 2017 class, four-star recruit James Blackman and three-star recruit Bailey Hockman. After Francois’ impressive freshman season, it appears that the starting job is his to lose.

Lane Kiffin signs former FSU QB De’Andre Johnson at FAU

De'Andre Johnson #14 of the Gold team runs for yards against the Garnet team during Florida State's Garnet and Gold spring game at Doak Campbell Stadium on April 11, 2015 in Tallahassee, Florida.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
De’Andre Johnson #14 of the Gold team runs for yards against the Garnet team during Florida State’s Garnet and Gold spring game at Doak Campbell Stadium on April 11, 2015 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Lane Kiffin is already making a big impact in recruiting for FAU, signing a former Florida State quarterback Wednesday.

East Mississippi C.C. QB De’Andre Johnson has signed his letter of intent with the Owls, according to 247Sports’ Ryan Bartow. The 3-star quarterback signed with Florida State out of high school in 2015 but transferred after last season.

Johnson is the second-ranked pro-style JUCO quarterback in the country. He will enroll at FAU in January and will be able to play immediately. He has two years of eligibility remaining.

Kiffin accepted the head coaching job at FAU on Monday. He will continue to serve as Alabama’s offensive coordinator through the College Football Playoff.

Alabama plays Washington in the playoff semifinal in the Peach Bowl on Dec. 31.