Florida quarterback signee Jaden Rashada is asking for a release from his national letter of intent, multiple parties reported Tuesday night.
* Florida officially granted Rashada a release from his national letter of intent Friday morning.
🚨BREAKING🚨 Florida has officially granted 4-star QB Jaden Rashada release from his National Letter of Intent, per @Pete_Nakos96.
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Rashada is asking out of his NLI after a $13 million NIL deal between the blue-chip quarterback and Florida fell through, according to reporting from ESPN.
While Rashada originally planned to enroll at Florida at the start of the spring semester last week, the lack of clarity ont he agreed upon NIL deal, led to Rashada delaying his plans to enroll. According to ESPN’s report, the Gator Collective — Florida’s NIL collective — as well as the athletic department could face a lawsuit from Rashada.
The Pittsburg, California native is one of the top prep quarterbacks in the country, ranking as the No. 59 player and No. 7 quarterback in the country according to the 247sports composite rankings. 247sports’ in house rankings are even higher on Rashada, ranking him as a five-star and the No. 29 player in the country.
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The talented quarterback’s recruitment was already long and complicated before its latest developments. Rashada originally committed to Miami over Florida in June before flipping to Billy Napier and the Gators in November.
The Rashada debacle is just the latest failure of the Billy Napier tenure, though this one seemingly doesn’t fall on him. The Gators went just 6-7 in Napier’s first season in Gainesville and are struggling to answer the quarterback situation.
Florida added Wisconsin transfer quarterback Graham Mertz after Anthony Richardson departed for the NFL. Mertz — who was average in four years in Madison — was expected to compete with Rashada for the Gators’ starting job next season.