More details have emerged regarding the failed NIL (name, image, likeness) deal that new Arizona State recruit Jaden Rashada had previously agreed to.
Rashada is a four-star recruit and quarterback out of the Pittsburg High School program in Pittsburg, California. Rashada was previously committed to the Florida Gators program, and he signed a NIL deal worth $13.85 million.
But after the NIL deal fell through, Rashada wound up decommitting from the Gators’ and instead opted to join Arizona State. It was a tough blow for Florida, who will lose star quarterback Anthony Richardson in this year’s NFL Draft.
More details on Rashada’s failed NIL deal with the Gators have been revealed, courtesy of The Athletic (the outlet received details of the contract).
According to The Athletic, Rashada was to make $13.85 million over a four-year term. This would have included $500,000 back in early December “in return for minimal NIL services such as” social media posts and autographs:
“That $13.85 million figure exceeded the highest known number for a college player and is barely less than Pittsburgh Steelers first-round quarterback Kenny Pickett’s rookie contract ($14.1 million over four years).
Then, in mid-January, Rashada did not enroll at Florida as expected. The Gator Collective had reneged on its deal in early December, two days after the initial payment was due, and on Jan. 17 the quarterback was granted a release from his letter of intent. Rashada, once seemingly poised to benefit greatly from a perceived bidding war between Miami and Florida boosters, was suddenly without a school and without NIL dollars.”
Arizona State is coming off a frustrating 2022 season in which they finished just 3-9 on the season. The Sun Devils got uneven quarterback play in 2022 from Trenton Bourquet and Emory Jones last season. The former had 11 touchdowns vs. six interceptions on the year while Jones completed 62.8 percent of his pass attempts to go along with seven touchdowns and four interceptions.
Head coach Herm Edwards was fired early in the 2022 season and replaced by Shaun Aguano. In November, Kenny Dillingham was introduced as the school’s new head coach.
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