Former Florida Commits Jayden RashadOne of the gems in the 2023 Gators recruiting class has been exempt from the university’s letter of intent, according to 247Sports’ Brandon Huffman. According to sources, Rashada failed to show up for the start of the spring term this month and demanded his release from his LOI following the failure of NIL negotiations.

Rashada signed with Florida on December 21, the first day of the early signing period. The alligators had up to 30 days to respond to Rashada’s requestbut did so quickly. According to Huffman, the release of Rashada’s LOI ends the much-received Florida saga that has been brewing for over a week now. The Pittsburgh (California) product was not credited earlier than previously planned.

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Rashada can now sign a contract or enroll in another school as a member of the 2023 intake.

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According to 247 Sports Director of Recruitment Steve Wiltfong, There are several obvious contenders for the California native, who is named by 247Sports as the No. 6 quarterback and No. 29 prospect in the class of 2023.

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“The State of Arizona is a program that you would think would definitely push Rashada hard,” writes Wiltfong. “New head coach Kenny Dillingham hired Rashada when he was offensive coordinator in Oregon and has a long relationship with the ace signalman and his family. Notre Dame starter Drew Pine from Transfer Portal.”

While Rashada chose Florida over Miami in a round trip recruitment that saw him at one point also committed to the Hurricanes, California was the school that was on his shortlist and they, will probably leave again.

“Cal was Jayden’s second school,” Rashada’s father told 247Sports over the summer. “Cal’s excellent relationship with offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave and assistant coach Burl Toler has been a linchpin. This is at home. It’s right in the backyard. I think they are on the rise if they can keep recruiting well and he can help them build a class. I think Cal is most connected to relationships and his heart is local with Cal and relationships with these guys.”

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Wiltfong named Washington DC as another potential Rashada landing site.

Brandon Huffman and Steve Wiltfong contributed to this report.