Orlando Sentinel — Florida is on the verge of losing top quarterback recruit Jaden Rashada after a multimillion-dollar name, image and likeness deal with the 19-year-old high schooler collapsed.
On3 Sports reported Rashada requested a release Wednesday from his scholarship papers. The school would not confirm whether the centerpiece of the Gators’ 2023 class planned to honor his commitment, inked Dec. 21 on Early National Signing Day.
Rashada’s request, however, would go to the NCAA.
Meanwhile, Rashada’s father, Harlen, told that The Athletic his son had “not filed a request for release from Florida.” Rashada still could be in the process of severing ties with Florida.
What is clear is that California high school star Rashada had been expected to enroll Monday after coming to Gainesville from Orlando following the Jan. 3 Under Armour Next All-America game at Camping World Stadium.
Instead, Rashada returned home to Pittsburg, a suburb of San Francisco, after a NIL agreement for around $13 million was not honored, a source told The Orlando Sentinel.
The source also said the situation is “beyond repair.”
$13 million American?!
This story has taken several twists and turns over the last couple days — Rashada and his dad currently deny On3's initial report that he has requested a release from his National Letter of Intent, but he still has not enrolled at Florida — but what seems clear is that there has been some sort of disconnect between Rashada and UF that has led to this.
If what's been reported is remotely true, this is a really tough look for Florida. Some school was going to be the one to have a big NIL deal fall through at some point, but that's a pretty dubious distinction to have that's going to be mentioned by every school recruiting against the Gators forever.
You just really hate to see this. Sun Belt Billy went 6-7 in his first year and now UF is out here promising $13 million to kids when it can't even make the first payment? Big yikes.
Maybe Rashada and Florida figure something out and he ends up in Gainesville after all this, but it doesn't look good right now.