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.