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Four-star QB Jaden Rashada has returned his commitment to Florida

Four-star QB Jaden Rashada has returned his commitment to Florida

Pittsburgh (Calif.) quarterback Jaden Rashad Chose Miami over Florida in July.

But on Thursday night, the Gators won him over again, returning his commitment from Northern California’s top passer ‘Canes to the Gators.

Rashada almost chose Florida the day of his announcement—he told 247Sports that his decision came in the buzz the day he announced his decision.

But Florida never stopped recruiting Rashada.

And on Thursday night, he made the switch.

“Coach (Billy) Napier is a solid and genuine guy and I had a great relationship with him,” Rashada said. “When I went on my (official) visit, he made me feel really comfortable and at home.”

Rashada officially returned in June and was rumored to take another unofficial visit this fall, even though he was committed to Miami.

And while the Gators entered his recruitment late, they made him a priority and didn’t stop communicating with him.

“When I talk to the Florida coaches, they don’t just talk about football, they talk about life and after football and they really care about you as a person,” Rashada said. “I always dreamed of playing in the SEC and they have a great history.”

Florida offensive coordinator Rob Sale He also had a big role in the decision Ryan O’Hara.

“I was able to sit down and talk about the offense when Coach Sale and I went on a visit and we clicked and Coach O’Hara is a good person,” Rashada said. “He’s from California too so he knows what it’s like.”

Napier coached at Arizona State, where Rashada’s father, Harlen, played, so he had been aware of Napier for some time.

But Napier didn’t get a chance to play until he got to Florida.

And now, in a stunning decision Thursday night, Rashada will realize that opportunity in Gainesville.

In fact, he’ll be in Gainesville this weekend, taking a red eye to Florida after his playoff game for their game against South Carolina.

Rashada will play in the Under Armor All-America Game in January and the Polynesian Bowl later that month before enrolling in Florida.

A four-star in the industry-generated 247Sports Composite Rankings, Rashada is the No. 6 quarterback nationally by 247Sports, the No. 5 prospect in California and the nation’s No. 17 player overall in 2023.

Jaden Rashada Scouting Report: Own a frame and build that can add considerable weight and strength. Have the mold to easily add at least 20 pounds of muscle. It will become stronger as it matures, benefiting its stability, long-term ability and development. Stand tall in the pocket with moves to avoid congestion and buy time to make plays under pressure. The platform does a nice job of building off. Mechanically exhibits a smooth, effortless throwing motion. The ball is quick out, generating power from his lower body so that the ball leaves his hands. Does a good job of changing pace and adding touch to throws when needed, either fitting passes in tight windows or completing throws over defenders. Good ball placement on passes where only the receiver is able to make plays. Plays with impressive anticipation on his throws where you can see him throwing his receivers open and out of harm’s way. Continued development should encourage an increase in his ability to go through his progressions and pre-snap understanding of what coverage the defense is in so he can get the ball out quicker than he already is. – Chris Singletary




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