Pittsburgh (Calif.) quarterback Jaden Rashada is headed to the Sunshine State.
Rashada announced his decision moments ago on CBS Sports HQannouncing that he will play at Miami.
It’s a significant win for Mario Cristobal and the Hurricanes
“Playing for a proven head coach in coach Cristobal, who has proven himself as a winner, playing for an offensive coordinator in Josh Gattiswho has proven himself a winner, being in that system, that was appealing to me,” said Rashada.
Rashada said he also thinks Miami is poised to be not just a threat in the ACC but nationally.
“Competing for an ACC championship and a potential national championship, if you run your division, you have a chance to win the ACC and then compete for a national championship and I think Miami will be competing,” said Rashada.
Rashada said the move from the Bay Area to Miami should be smooth.
“The transition from California to Florida will go pretty well, living wise and it’s a little familiar as a big city,” said Rashada. “The weather, the scene, it kind of relates a little more to Miami.”
Rashada took his fifth and final official visit, to Miami, this last week and he said it was informative and helpful to get down there one last time.
“I got to talk football with them,” said Rashada. “The time before I never got to talk football. We got to see the city a little bit too this time. It was a good visit.”
Now Rashada is done with the recruiting process and can focus on his final prep campaign..
“It’s a huge relief, because now I get to go get better and go start learning the playbook, and stop dealing with the recruiting piece of football,” said Rashada.
Mario Cristobal has been recruiting Rashada for a year, going back to his time at Oregon.
“Coach Cristobal has been consistently recruiting Jaden and understands his impact on Miami recruiting while making it very clear that he is his guy in the 2023 class,” said his father, Harlen Rashada. “I think coach Cristobal’s choice to come back and coach at a school he played for and where he was raised is as deep a connection to a program and community as any coach in college football. He’s got a first round quarterback in the NFL right now (Justin Herbert) and he took great pride in keeping him upright to perform well and help his team win a championship.”
Harlen Rashada said that offensive coordinator Josh Gattis’ experience has also been a draw.
“Coach Gattis is a Broyles Award Winner who finds a way to dissect defenses and their staff is loaded with solid guys on a mission to make ‘The U’ great again. “
Rashada has been selected to next week’s Elite 11 Finals and has been invited to all three major all-star games, the 2023 Under Armor All-America Game in Orlando, the 2023 All-American Bowl in San Antonio and the 2023 Polynesian Bowl in Honolulu .