Miami 4-Star Quarterback Jayden Rashad On Monday, he issued a statement saying he did not choose the Hurricanes over Florida and others because of the value of the NIL deal. Shortly after Rashada did it on Sunday, allegations surfaced that the Pittsburgh, Calif., player had chosen Miami on a big no deal that got him the Hurricanes.
“Any message about my commitment to the University of Miami is false, unless I had an interview directly,” Rashada. wrote in a statement posted on Twitter. “All reports about my NIL deal decision are inaccurate. I would never make a life or career choice for any amount of money. As I stated in my statement on live television, I chose Miami because of the relationship I have with the coaches, the players and the direction the program is headed.
“I don’t want to go back to the false reports as this is the time I want to celebrate my commitment to college and my commitment to my current team and teammates as we look forward to our dream of winning a state championship. For now, I’m asking for no interview.”
On Sunday night, Miami-based booster and local billionaire John Ruiz, CEO of LifeWallet, denied the report. which points to Rashada’s NIL-driven solution with his lawyer Mike Caspino. Rashada is the No. 7 quarterback in the 2023 cycle and the 45th best player overall, according to the 247Sports Composite.
“I never spoke to Mr. Caspino about Jayden Rashad“ Ruiz tweeted Sunday night. “Mr. Caspino and I spoke about an unknown player a few months ago and we had a very professional and pleasant conversation. I respect him.”
The NCAA Division I Board of Directors has issued guidance regarding the teams thatall NIL players act as boosters. Even with the NIL, the NCAA still prohibits boosters from paying for players to participate in a particular program.
Rashada promised Miami instead of Florida and others. Florida band NIL, The Gator Collective, posted a statement on social media he will not enter into conversations with Caspino regarding the NIL.
As of Monday afternoon, Miami has climbed to No. 35 on the 247Sports Composite Team industry rankings thanks to Rashada’s commitment. This ranking should change frequently over the next few weeks as summer official visits come to an end; the end of June and July is a popular time for potential clients. Trainer Mario Cristobal and Co. currently have engagements from eight promising Miami (FL) Palmetto athletes. Robbie Washington as another Hurricanes rookie who is rated 4-star or higher.
Brad Crawford contributed to this report.