When superstar quarterback recruit Malik Henry announced he was leaving Harvard-Westlake to attend IMG Academy, the thought was he would be in a more high octane training atmosphere, and closer to his college of choice, Florida State. What it failed to account for was Henry’s ability to adapt, or perhaps his lack thereof. Now, the Florida State commit is headed back to California, claiming that he will learn from his time at IMG.
Here’s the statement Henry released Thursday night, hours after IMG announced he would not be returning to the Florida campus:
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….
Of course, a statement like that begs the question of precisely what changed to precipitate Henry’s surprising departure. Some who are in the know have cited “maturity issues” as being behind his departure.
Whether that is the case or not, Henry is apparently headed back to California, according to reports out of California. It’s anyone’s guess where he might enroll, though the Los Angeles Times’ Eric Sondheimer offered up a particularly tantalizing possibility on Twitter:
Malik Henry at Long Beach Poly? That would be Christmas come early for Antonio Pierce and Jackrabbits fans everywhere.