Updated: Dec 8, 2022
The Florida Gators landed a major commitment on November 10 as four-star quarterback Jaden Rashada flipped his commitment from Miami to Florida. If you remember, Rashada visited Florida multiple times over the summer, including an official visit that made a huge impressions on him. The Gators were trending for him until he decided to push his commiment date back and take an official visit to Miami. Not longer after than OV to Miami, Rashada decided to take his talents to Coral Gables on June 26, or so we thought. Fast forward to the month of November where everything would change just after midnight when he decided to flip his commitment to Billy Napier and the Gators. The talented signal-caller has an opportunity to compete for the starting job as a true freshman if Anthony Richardson decides to leave early and enter the NFL Draft. Something I'm sure factored into his decision.
Standing at 6-foot-4, 185 pounds Jaden Rashada is one of the most highly recruited quarterbacks in the country. The Pittsburg, California native checks in as the #57 overall player and the #7 quarterback according to the 247sports composite rankings. Every school in the country wanted him because he's has shown an ability to make every throw on the field but still has room to grow. He is the type of player that can be a gamechanger at the quarterback position.
Florida got into Jaden Rashada's recruitment later than his other finalists, but they immediately made him a priority. Although they already had a commitment from four-star quarterback Marcus Stokes at the time, it was clear that Rashada was their top target at position and they never gave up. Something you couldn't say about the last staff.
Billy Napier, Rob Sale and Ryan O'Hara deserve a lot of credit for flipping Jaden Rashada. This is exactly why you continue to recruit players until the end, even if they commit to another program. Nothing is over until the papers are signed. As I alluded to before, he was the top target for the staff at quarterback before his original commitment to Miami and afterwards. With Rashada on board, he's sure to bring some big time recruits with him. There's gonna be some significant changes to the recruiting board with some big time targets being added to it.
This season, Jaden Rashada finished the year with 2,388 yards with 28 touchdowns and 10 interceptions while completing just under 64% of his passes. He's also ran the ball 48 times for 341 yards with five more touchdowns.
He has an elongated throwing motion, but it allows him to release the ball as quickly as possible. He has a big arm and is one of the most accurate quarterbacks in the the 2023 class. He's listed as a pro style quarterback, but he has the ability to make plays with his legs as well. I compare him to current LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels. Rashada is a more polished passer at this stage of his career than Daniels was, but they're around the same size.
Jaden Rashada is the type of kid that can be a game changer at the quarterback position for the Florida Gators. He has a chance to be an All-SEC and All-American caliber player. His arm strength and accuracy is why he's one of the elite quarterbacks in the 2023 class, and he’s exactly the type of player that Florida needs to get back to competing for SEC and National Championships. He plays with extreme confidence and poise, and that definitely rubs off on his teammates as well. He’s a great person, player and has a very bright future ahead of him.
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