High school quarterback Jaden Rashada transfers from fla breakup that took weeks to make and cost the Gators one of its most valuable recruits.
Florida formally granted Rashadah’s release from the NLO on Friday, three days after requesting that he be left.
Rashad’s decision came after the Gator Group — an independent fundraising group tied to the university that pays student-athletes to use their names, likeness and likeness — failed to honor a four-year deal worth more than $13 million, according to a person familiar with the situation. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither side has publicly acknowledged the split.
The high-profile issue will, at the very least, spell changes in Florida. It could also lead to a lawsuit and possibly an NCAA investigation.
Rashad turned her verbal commitment out Miami, Florida) To Florida on November 10th. Rashad, his representatives and the Gator assembly should have agreed to the terms of a zero-sum deal at the time of his volatility.
Millionaire businessman Hugh Hathcock, one of Florida’s biggest supporters, tweeted, “Tomorrow is going to be a BIG day for alligator lovers!!!” The night before Rashadah’s announcement. The next day, less than five hours before Rashadah was to go public with his heartbreak, Hathcock tweeted “All the best!!! Just for a little while longer!!!”
The deal collapsed after less than a month. The Athletic reported that Gator Collective CEO Eddie Rojas sent a termination letter to Rashada and his representatives on December 7. It’s unclear why the deal collapsed, but a source familiar with the negotiations told the AP that not all of the financial backers knew about it. The deal signed increased from about $5 million over four years to more than $13 million.
Rashada failed to score with the other two signers days after playing in the January 3 All-Star Game in nearby Orlando. The 19-year-old eventually made it back to the West Coast.
Rashad is a five-star QB from Pittsburgh, California, and was ranked 29th overall by 247Sports in the 2023 recruiting class. His father, Harlin Rashad, played defensive back in Arizona (1992-94).
The 6-foot-4, 185-pound Al Rashada threw for 5,275 yards at Pittsburgh High School last season, with 59 touchdowns and 18 interceptions.
His initial decision to come to Florida was seen as a boon for first-year Gators coach Billy Napier, and Rashadah was expected to compete with Wisconsin Transfer Graham Mertz To start at Florida, which has now lost five scholarship quarterbacks in the past 10 months. Start Anthony Richardson Leave early to enter 2023 NFL Draft, backup Galen Kitna was fired after he was arrested on child pornography charges, and Emory Jones And Carlos Del Rio Wilson Moved last spring.
Florida was the same, too Tulane‘s Michael Pratt And Wake Forest‘s Sam Hartmanbut Pratt ended up back in Tulane and Hartmann was relegated to the Our Lady. The Gators also missed out on the former LSU quarterback Walker Howardwhich will move to Be a miss Despite the long relationship with Napier.
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What remains is whether Rashad will sue the Gator Group, along with possibly the athletic department and the university, in hopes of getting at least part of the $13 million he was promised. He can ask for more if he thinks his reputation has been damaged.
The Gators could still use help at the all-important QB position with only three scholarship players: Mertz, sophomore Jack Miller Redchers demanded Max Brown. The bigger question: How will Rashada’s failed recruitment affect his future prospects?
Florida is already planning to encourage its groups to make changes, with one possible merger between the Gator Collective and the more exclusive Gator Guard. Movements of individuals within the group are also expected.
the National Collegiate Athletic Association You may also check. The sanctioning body has rules regarding nothing deals. Boosters and NIL Entities are not permitted to participate in conversations or activities related to prospective student-athletes, and no promises can be made between family members and Boosters or NIL Entities that are contingent on prospective student-athletes enrolling in the Institution.
Collectives have circumvented those rules with zip code provisions, according to Florida-based attorney Darren Heitner, who works with the Gator Collective. The clauses use contract language to state that student-athletes must reside in a certain jurisdiction for agreements to be payable.
Reporting by The Associated Press.
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