Quarterback Malik Henry transferring from Florida State
Former blue-chip quarterback recruit Malik Henry plans to transfer from Florida State, 247Sports reported late Monday evening.
His departure will be a big blow for the Seminoles' quarterback depth and talent. Henry was a four-star recruit and one of the country's top 60 prospects in the country as a member of FSU's loaded 2016 recruiting class. He participated in the Under Armour All-America Game as one of the nation's best high school players.
But his brief FSU tenure didn't go as planned. He was suspended in August for violating team rules, and he didn't see any playing time during his freshman season, as redshirt freshman Deondre Francois starred.
Transfers like this are becoming routine at programs like FSU; the ‘Noles have previously lost quarterbacks John Franklin III, Clint Trickett and Jake Coker to transfers. In the preseason (long before Henry's transfer), FSU coach Jimbo Fisher was asked how hard it is to build depth at the position. Some notable excerpts from his lengthy response:
It's hard. One play, and, ‘My little Johnny should be playing.' I've got kid. I understand that...Things happen. I wish they had more patience, but that's the world we live in. It's hard...Probably more kids do need to be redshirted, but you can't because guys are turning over so fast. It's like a hole you can never fill. You're always trying to catch up because they're wanting to leave. I don't think it's good, because patience would be better for them.