Ole Miss QB Target Jaden Rashada Wows with 7v7 Performance in Dallas Over the Weekend
OXFORD, Miss. — Spring is in the air, and that means the nation’s top high school football prospects are taking visits to college campuses and participating in the 7v7 circuit. Five-star class of 2023 quarterback Jaden Rashada, who received an offer from Ole Miss last May, is no exception.
This past weekend, all eyes were on the Dallas metroplex for the annual two-day BATTLE 7v7 stop. Over 55 teams in the 18U group took the field at the event, showcasing some of the nation’s best talent — which includes Rashada.
Rashada, hitting the competition in Dallas with the Miami Immortals, did not disappoint and continues to emerge as one of the best passers in his class. He is ranked the No. 5 quarterback in the country by the 247Sports Composite.
— Sam Spiegelman (@samspiegs) March 26, 2022
The 6-foot-4, 185-pound California prodigy out of Pittsburg High School wasted no time this weekend as he took command and turned heads with his opening play — a deep touchdown to Miami commit Robby Washington.
Robby Washington, incidentally, is the brother of one of Ole Miss’ top linebacker targets, Bobby Washington, out of Killian High School in Miami.
— BRANDID SPORTS (@BrandidSports) March 27, 2022
From Rashada’s performance in Dallas, it was clear that not only does he have touch on his deep ball — where he connected with some of the speediest receivers — he is excellent in the red zone, finding a way to get his receivers in a position to score, and he makes plays with minimal mistakes.
“I’ve really just been grinding, I’ve been out here getting better,” Rashada told SI.com writer John Garcia. “I’ve progressed so much over these past three, four months… I’ve been happy with my progression.”
With his talent, it is no surprise Rashada holds offers from over 30 programs.
These offers include: Ole Miss, LSU, Auburn, Florida, Tennessee and Arkansas from the SEC, as well as Oklahoma, Arizona State, Penn State, UCLA, Washington, Arizona, BYU, Cal, Colorado, Fresno State, Georgia Tech, Grambling, Houston, Miami, Michigan State, Nevada, Oregon, Oregon State, Purdue, San Diego State, San Jose State,Stanford, Utah and Washington State.
You can bet after this weekend more will come.
Rashada has already visited Ole Miss a couple of times and will likely do so again. However, he is not in a hurry when it comes to his recruitment.
“I’m taking my time with it,” Rashada told SI.com. “I’m just seeing where I’m a priority to, where the best situation for me and my family is for me to try to change people lives…to win a natty, to win a Heisman.”
Pittsburg's (CA) @jadenrashada is one of five quarterbacks in the Class of 2023 who is a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ on 247Sports composite rankings.
Dude throws one of the best balls in the country.
— Zack Poff (@Zack_Poff_MP) February 18, 2022
Rashada likes what he sees from the Rebels and Coach Kiffin, telling John Garcia:
“Coach Kiffin, coach (Charlie) Weis, coach JDB (John David Baker) have all been good to me. I’ll get back up there sometime this spring. I’m pretty cool with their staff and I’ve visited there twice so I already know what’s down there. I’ll probably go down there and see what changes coach Weis has made. And obviously coach Kiffin is an offensive mastermind. Who wouldn’t want to play for him?“
Jaden Rashada on Coach Kiffin and the Rebels
There’s no doubt Ole Miss will continue to be strategic when it comes to its 2023 quarterback recruitment, and Rashada has more than proven he is definitely a player to watch.
— Jaden Rashada 5️⃣ (@jadenrashada) March 22, 2022
(Feature image credit: Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)
Lee Ann is the Director of Recruiting for The Rebel Walk. She is a veteran SEC sports journalist and NFL content writer. She is also the Sr. Editor for MESPORTS digital. Herring-Olvedo is a Brown University graduate who loves good cigars, good games, and a smooth glass of bourbon — not necessarily in that order.