Jaden Rashada will go to the state of Arizona.
The former Florida developer announced on National Signing Day Wednesday that he would sign with Arizona State. The four-star quarterback originally signed with Florida at the start of the December signing period, but was released from his letter of intent with the Gators before enrolling at the school after a name, likeness and likeness deal with a Florida booster group reportedly failed.
“I just want to keep it short and let it be known that I will be attending Arizona State University, my childhood dream school, my father’s alma mater, a place where I am happy, and a school where the coach has always covered for me.” shoulders,” Rashada wrote.“Glad to truly be home.”
Rashada is the No. 1 quarterback. 10 pro-style in the class of 2023 and the No. 1 prospect. 163 in the country, according to Rivals. The California native applied for his Florida scholarship to be released in January after he failed to register for the spring semester. According to multiple reports, Rashada agreed to an endorsement deal that was worth up to eight figures in November, but a dispute over the feasibility of funding led to his departure from the Gators.
Rashada was busy in Miami before signing with Florida and would be a key piece of both the Gators’ and Hurricanes’ recruiting classes. Florida signed former Wisconsin QB Graham Mertz through the transfer portal after Anthony Richardson declared for the NFL draft and backup QB Jalen Kitna was fired from the team due to child pornography allegations. Miami has QB Tyler Van Dyke still on the roster, but backup QB Jake Garcia has moved to Missouri.
Instead, the future signing of Rashada is a coup for Kenny Dillingham as the former Oregon offensive coordinator enters his first season as the head coach at ASU. Rashada is the only four-star recruit in the ASU class as of Dillingham getting commitments from 21 players.
At the moment, it appears that Rashada could spend the 2023 season as the #1 QB. 3 on the roster behind Notre Dame transfer Drew Pyne and Trenton Bourguet. Pyne started most of the season for the Irish following an injury to Tyler Buchner, and Bourguet took over as the ASU starter during the second half of the 2022 season following the firing of Herm Edwards. Bourguet completed over 70% of his passes for 1,490 yards and 11 TDs and five interceptions.
Dillingham, 32, is set to become the youngest head coach in the Pac-12 in 2023 and is an Arizona State alumnus. He worked as an offensive analyst for the school in 2014 and 2015 before moving to Memphis and working his way up the coaching ladder. He has spent just one season with the Ducks as Oregon is posting 39 points per game in 2022.
Former Florida prospect Jaden Rashada is signing with Arizona State. (Photo by Chris Leduc/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)