Controversy is swirling over a $13 million NIL deal that was provided to — and later apparently reneged upon — a Florida quarterback recruit.
G. Allan Taylor, who covers the Gators for The Athletic, printed a wild story on Friday about how an NIL collective at Florida provided a contract to Jaden Rashada, a four-star recruit from California, value an eye-popping $13 million.
On Nov. 10, Rashada signed that cope with the Gator Collective, an NIL booster group run by former Florida baseball participant Eddie Rojas.
“I’d enterprise to say the Gator Collective is paying extra assured cash than any group within the nation,” Rojas stated in April. “After I write a contract, I need to be sure that we even have the cash in our account.”
A Florida booster group provided four-star QB recruit Jaden Rashada $13 million to enroll on the college after which reneged, The Athletic reviews.Getty Pictures
The Athletic reviews that the deal “presumes” help from Florida booster Hugh Hathcock, who himself donated practically $13 million to this system final yr.
On Dec. 7, Rojas despatched a letter in search of to terminate the NIL deal. It’s unclear what modified, and the Florida administration was studying concerning the specifics on the fly as the colleges and their coaches and athletic workers will not be imagined to be instantly concerned with the transactions.
Nonetheless, Florida introduced Rashada as a part of its recruiting class on Dec. 21.
Jaden Rashada (5) earlier than the Beneath Armour Subsequent All-America sport on Jan. 3, 2023, at Tenting World Stadium in Orlando.Icon Sportswire through Getty Pictures
“I simply suppose there’s a excessive degree of belief on each ends there,” Florida head coach Billy Napier stated of Rashada on the time. “I’m actually enthusiastic about what he’s going to convey to our group. … Can’t praise Jaden sufficient relative to who he’s as an individual, as a frontrunner, his character. Jaden is a man who got here right here and fell in love with the College of Florida and actually related with lots of people right here. It was honest.”
Whereas Rashada was nonetheless indicating his intent to play at Florida as lately as final week, he has not but enrolled, and the deadline for early spring enrollment is Friday, Jan. 13.
Rashada’s father, Harlen, who performed defensive again at Arizona State, denied earlier this week that his son had filed for a launch from Florida. Harlen informed 247Sports that they have been “working by some issues proper now with Florida and hoping that they get resolved quickly.”
The Athletic reviews that there’s the potential for litigation, and that Rashada has been provided a lesser deal, nonetheless value north of seven figures, to enroll at Florida, supplied he agree to not search to implement the earlier contract.