The future of the quarterback position looks set to be in good shape for Penn State in the coming years Drew Allar joining the program in the Class of 2022, so a former recruit target’s weekend commitment to Miami was hardly anything to get upset about for the Nittany Lions. Jaden Rashada gave his dedication to the Hurricanes over the weekend after previously ranking Penn State as one of its top 10 schools and making an unofficial campus visit last September.
But what we now know about Rashada’s dedication to Miami is that he’s getting a pretty sizable NIL package to match his dedication. According to a report by On3, Rashada has NIL deal with Miami booster John Ruiz worth $9.5 millionwhich was in fact lower than the reported NIL $11 million package offered to Rashada if he had chosen to go to Florida instead.
Of course, this is the new era in college football recruiting that has some head coaches concerned about the sport’s direction in the NIL era.
It’s also another example of how the NCAA failed to provide NIL with a structure that has led to a wild market for the best high school football players to earn more than a large number of college football head coaches in the game. . Somehow say what you will about NIL, but the players are sure to make the most of the opportunities presented to them.
The NCAA has tried to make it clear that NIL deals should not be used as recruiting tools, but we can’t help but believe that this is exactly the case unfolding before our very eyes. And because the NCAA has waited too long to wave the white flag on the whole situation, these are the kinds of stories that will continue to flood the college football recruiting space.
As a long-time advocate of players being able to take advantage of their own name, image and likeness and have more power to decide where they will play, I’m totally fine with what’s happening. But it continues to bring home the point that the NCAA had a chance to figure this out in a way that works for both the players and the college football programs, and they haven’t done it right. Advantage: the players.
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