Four-star quarterback Jaden Rashada, who signed with Florida on Dec. 21 but didn’t show up to campus last week amid a name, image and likeness dispute, asked the NCAA a scholarship release, sources familiar with the program confirmed. Athleticism. 247Sports was the first to report the filing. Here’s what you need to know:
- Sources said the rookie’s family has been at odds with the football program since the Gator Collective terminated a NIL contract valued at over $13 million.
- Rashada is the No. 56 prospect in the 2023 recruiting class and the No. 7 quarterback, according to the 247Sports Composite. The Pittsburg (California) High graduate was among the highest-ranked quarterbacks the Gators had landed in the past decade.
- He committed to Miami in June amid speculation over a $9million NIL deal, then returned to Florida on November 10.
- As Rashada took part in the Under-Armor All-American event last week in Orlando, her father Harlen said Athleticism the family was heading directly to Gainesville for spring registration.
Sources close to the program said Athleticism that a $13 million NIL deal, struck between the Gator Collective and Rashada before he headed to Florida in November, began to unravel last month. Rashada eventually signed on anyway and publicly appeared enthusiastic about moving to campus and learning of the offense. Last week’s registration delay has surrounded controversy over the value of a renegotiated NIL deal.
What does this mean for the Florida quarterback’s situation?
The Gators recently landed Wisconsin trade Graham Mertz and fourth-year sophomore Jack Miller is back. They also have Max Brown, a 2022 signee who wore a red shirt last season. But Rashada was the big-armed top talent who needed to acclimate this spring and push for early playing time.
A signing of 2024 elite quarterback DJ Lagway helps ease the sting, though Rashada’s departure creates a public relations headache for the football program. It also highlights the perils athletic departments face with NIL agreements forced to be brokered by a third party.
“The University of Florida football program is really one of the casualties in this case,” a source familiar with the Gator Collective said.
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