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What Happened to Former ‘Last Chance U’ Star Quarterback Malik Henry?

Malik Henry was a highly-rated quarterback in high school. He committed to play college football at Florida State University. Even though he was very skilled as a player, he had a hard time getting along with the coaching staff. Henry left Florida State and transferred to Independence Community College.

The school was featured on Netflix’s Last Chance UThere Henry ran into the same problems with the coaching staff. So, where he the quarterback now?

Malik Henry knew how to play the quarterback position

If you watched Henry play in high school, you could see how talented of a player he was. He could throw and run the ball. His IQ was very high, and he knew how to make the right reads on offense. As a senior in high school, he attended Long Beach Tech in California. He had a lot of success there, and ESPN had him as the 17th best prospect in the class of 2016. When he committed to Florida State, there was a lot of talk about him competing for the starting job.

Things did not work out for Henry when he got to Florida State. He was suspended for violating team rules but was later reinstated. Henry did not dress up for any games during his freshman season. He decided to transfer from Florida State after not seeing any action on the field in his first year.

The question that people wanted to know is, where will he be transferring to? The once highly-rated high school quarterback decided to take his talents to community college and transfer to Independence. Independence is located in Independence, Kansas, which is a small town. Jason Brown, who was the head coach at the time, knew how to bring top recruits to Independence. This was Brown’s first year as head coach, and he had a lot of work to do, but he turned the program around.

Malik Henry had issues at Independence

Last Chance U season three followed the Independence football team throughout the 2017 season. Henry had a good season that year throwing for 1,383 yards and 10 touchdowns in 10 games according to the NJCAA website. Independence finished with a 9-2 record that season, but Henry continued to have issues with the coaching staff. His attitude is what hurt him, and even though he was a really good player, the coaches did not want to put up with the way he acted.

Toward the end of the season, Henry did not have any offers from any big-time schools, and he was wondering if he was going to sign with a school. Netflix decided to do a second season at Independence, and Henry was not on the team at the start of the season. But a few games into the season, the coach decided to bring Henry on to the team as a scout player at first, but that quickly changed. Henry ended playing in two games during the 2018 season and threw for 237 yards and one touchdown. After his career at Independence, he did sign with a Division I school.

Malik Henry signed to play at the University of Nevada

Henry was back in Division I football, but it wasn’t at a Power Five school. Nevada decided to take a chance with Henry, and when he got there, he had an opportunity to compete for the starting position. During the 2019 season, he played in three games throwing for 593 yards and a touchdown completing 53.8 percent of his passes.

After the 2019 season, Henry was on the move again. It was announced that the quarterback was no longer enrolled at Nevada. There was no reason why he decided to leave, but there is one thing for certain, he has yet to find another school to play for. So far, Henry has been to three different schools in his college career and this young man who once was rated as one of the top quarterbacks in the nation, is now in search for a school to attend.