Five Star Defender Jayden Rashad filed paperwork with the NCAA on Tuesday asking for an exemption from his national letter of intent from the University of Florida, and a source confirmed to 247Sports on Friday morning that Rashada had been officially released from his NLI with the Gators, first reported by On3’s Pete Nakos.
Rashada signed with Florida on December 21, the first day of the early signing period.
After being released, Rashada will go on a trip this weekend to visit Pac-12 School, a school he is very familiar with.
Rashada will be spending the weekend in Arizona starting today as he heads to Tempe to visit the Sun Devils unofficially.
His father, Harlen, played for the Sun Devils in the late 1990s and they were one of Rashada’s favorite clubs growing up.
With new head coach Kenny Dillingham leading the Sun Devils, his relationship with Rashada dates back to when Dillingham was in Oregon.
While there, the Ducks were on Rashada’s shortlist before he originally went to Miami.
After he shifted his commitment from Miami to Florida, it looked like he would be playing in the SEC, but the last couple of weeks of roller coaster with the Gators resulted in him asking for release on Tuesday.
With a five-star rating from 247Sports, Rashada is ranked 6th in the nation’s quarterbacks and 6th in the state of California, making him 29th overall in the 2023 class.
He was selected to play in the Elite 11 Finals, the Under Armor All-American Game, and the Polynesian Bowl.
After moving to Miami, Rashada waived his Gators commitment in November and signed with Billy Napier in December.
But on Friday, the relationship between Rashada and Florida officially came to an end.
According to 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong, possible destinations for Rashada when/if an exemption is granted include multiple Pac-12 schools.