It appears Florida might miss out on Jaden Rashada, based on rife reports of a deal between the California native and the Gators falling through.
Rashada is one of the highest-rated quarterbacks in the 2023 class and is ranked No.29 overall by 247Sports.
The four-star QB’s recruitment, though, is part of one of the most twisted sagas in NCAA history. The 6ft 4in star had committed to the Miami Hurricanes before the Gators flipped him. He signed with the latter prior to participating in the Under Armour All-American Bowl but never made an appearance on campus to enroll.
According to G. Allen Taylor of The Athletic, the player signed a contract with Florida NIL group Gator Collective in November worth $13 million, the day before he made a U-turn on Miami.
Allen reports that the deal fell through by early December. However, Rashada still signed with the Gators on December 21. Even so, he was not among the 16 early enrollers who reported to campus on January 10.
The Jaden Rashada Situation Could Get Nasty
Now, news of Rashada refusing to enroll at Florida is in circulation, with the potential for legal action looming while the program seeks to determine whether the contract signed in November is binding.
“A program source with knowledge of the entanglement says Rashada won’t be enrolling at Florida. “There’s a lot of panic. It’s like stepping on an ant pile.” There’s also the potential for litigation, hinging upon whether the November contract is binding,” Allen writes.
“The collectives, according to another program source with knowledge of the situation, are offering a lesser deal to Rashada — still above seven figures — to stay at Florida, with the caveat that he release everyone from all previous claims.
Rashada had up until this Friday to enroll with the college but the deadline isn’t set in stone as strings can be pulled.