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Jaden Rashada Released From LOI, Possible Destinations for the Five-Star QB

Jaden Rashada

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Jaden Rashada de-committed from Florida on Jan. 17

The Florida Gators were in line to produce a program-changing player with five-star quarterback Jaden Rashada.

Those plans quickly changed when the No. 7 quarterback in the 2023 recruiting class, per the 247Sports composite, decided he would not be a Gator.

Rashada signed his letter of intent with Florida on Dec. 21. What could have changed in such a short amount of time? Many have speculated that it could be due to Rashada’s NIL deal, with rumors swirling that another school may have offered him more money for his services.

Initially, there were rumors that Florida was giving Rashada $13 million in NIL. When he de-committed, many thought that it was due to the Gators not holding up their end of that deal.

In any event, Rashada is no longer a Florida Gator, for now. Here are a few destinations where he could end up.

Texas A&M Aggies: NIL Kings

Rashada showed interest in A&M from early on in his recruiting process. After a miserable 2022 season, A&M is desperate to put their money where their mouth is. It’s a fact that the Aggies are not scared to spend when it comes to NIL. They have the highest average earning NIL students in the country.

Jimbo Fisher needs to act fast: his job may be in jeopardy. After signing a monstrous 10-year contract in 2017, some would be shocked to learn his job may be in trouble today. Simply put: being 5-7 (last in SEC West) just won’t cut it.

Rashada would likely have to compete with Connor Weigman, a player many in College Station value very highly. Of all the destinations on this list, I would be surprised if Rashada ends up an Aggie.

Arizona State Sun Devils: Up and Coming

This may have just worked out perfectly for the Arizona State Sun Devils.

Rashada has had ties to ASU since the beginning of his recruitment. His father even played in Tempe in the early 1990s. The program is close in proximity to Rashada’s home in Pittsburg, California. He’s also rumored to have known Kenny Dillingham, the new Sun Devil coach who is formulating a rebuild.

It would come down to NIL money for ASU. They have the prestige and the destination for Rashada to be a perfect fit, but we have seen that the quarterback wants to go where the money is. ASU will certainly make an offer, and only time will tell.

Miami Hurricanes: Looking to Rebound

Before the Florida debacle, Rashada was committed to Miami, before he decided to flip on Nov. 11.

Miami would be a destination to offer Rashada the money: they have been willing to spend on top prospects to try and rebuild that program. Also, there would probably be an opening at the quarterback position with how mightily the Hurricanes struggled last season.

There is one obvious flaw: Rashada was already committed to Miami and flipped. A commit like Rashada would provide a huge boost to their program, but I see this one as unlikely.

LSU Tigers: Watch and Learn

Rashada was very fond of LSU during his recruiting process. During his visit to Baton Rogue in early June, the quarterback raved about LSU’s prestige as a program.

“They are heading in the right direction to developing QBs,” Rashada said. “I have a great relationship with the coaches and love the culture there.”

Although Rashada seemed to like LSU, he didn’t originally commit there for a reason: potentially due to NIL money or other issues he saw with the program. This would be a good fit for Rashada, he would have a chance to learn behind Jayden Daniels and be groomed to be the next star SEC quarterback.

Where do you think the ex-Gator commit will end up? With NIL and the current state of college football, the only man who knows is Jaden Rashada himself.

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