Top 2016 quarterback recruit Malik Henry, who is firmly committed to Florida State, will not play his final year of high school football at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.
The news was announced on Thursday afternoon.
Henry released the following statement on the decision, which should ease the minds of FSU fans who were worried the change could affect his commitment with the Seminoles.
“My family and I decided that I should attend IMG and that it would be the best thing for me. Things changed while I was there and I didn’t handle the change well. After conversations with my parents and the coaching staff at IMG it was agreed that it was best for both parties for me not to return to IMG…I will miss my friends there and I have nothing negative to say about IMG or the coaching staff.. I wish them all the best and I am certain they will continue to do good things there at IMG,,, I will now concentrate on the Nike Elite 11 this weekend and preparing myself to graduate next year…my parents and I will figure out what is in my best interest and move forward… This will have no bearing on my commitment to Florida State.. I am still firmly committed to FSU and I look forward to a bright future there… Go Noles….”
Henry is ranked as the No. 2 pro-style quarterback and No. 13 prospect in the nation, per 247Sports.
According to Tomahawk Nation, Henry had recurring attitude and maturity issues following Chris Weinke’s departure to the St. Louis Rams.