Florida QB rookie Jaden Rashada’s $13m NIL contract controversy

The controversy revolves around a $13 million NIL contract that was offered to — and later apparently reneged on — a Florida quarterback rookie.

G. Allan Taylor, who covers the Gators for The Athletic, released a wild story on Friday about how a NIL collective in Florida offered a $13 million four-star rookie Jaden Rashada from California. of dollars.

On November 10, Rashada signed that deal with the Gator Collective, a NIL encore group led by former Florida baseball player Eddie Rojas.

“I would venture to say that the Gator Collective pays out more guaranteed money than any band in the country,” Rojas said in April. “When I write a contract, I want to make sure that we have the money in our account.”

A Florida recall group offered four-star QB rookie Jaden Rashada $13 million to enroll in school, then reneged, reports The Athletic.
A Florida recall group offered four-star QB rookie Jaden Rashada $13 million to enroll in school, then reneged, reports The Athletic.
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The Athletic reports the deal “assumes” backing from Florida booster Hugh Hathcock, who himself donated nearly $13 million to the program last year.

On December 7, Rojas sent a letter asking to end the NIL agreement. It’s unclear what changed, and the Florida administration was learning the details on the fly, as schools, their coaches and athletic staff aren’t supposed to be directly involved in the deals.

Nonetheless, Florida announced Rashada as part of its recruiting class on Dec. 21.

Jaden Rashada (5) before the Under Armor Next All-America game on January 3, 2023 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando.
Jaden Rashada (5) before the Under Armor Next All-America game on January 3, 2023 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando.
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“I just think there’s a high level of trust on both sides,” Florida head coach Billy Napier said of Rashada at the time. “I’m really excited about what he will bring to our team. … I can’t compliment Jaden enough on who he is as a person, as a leader, his character. Jaden is a guy who came here and fell in love with the University of Florida and really bonded with a lot of people here. It was sincere.”

While Rashada still indicated his intention to play in Florida last week, he has yet to register and the early spring registration deadline is Friday, January 13.

Rashada’s father, Harlen, who played defensive back at Arizona State, denied earlier this week that his son had requested a Florida release. Harlen told 247Sports that they’re “working on some things right now with Florida and hopefully they’ll be resolved soon.”

The Athletic reports that there is a risk of litigation and that Rashada has been offered a lesser contract, still worth north of seven figures, to sign up in Florida, on the condition that he agrees not to. not seek to enforce the previous contract.

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