Miami football has QB depth to absorb Jaden Rashada Florida flip

Oct 8, 2022; Mandatory Credit: Rich Storry-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 8, 2022; Mandatory Credit: Rich Storry-USA TODAY Sports /

With the quarterbacks currently on the roster and a commit from Elite 11 prospect Emory Williams the Miami football program has the depth to absorb the flip by Jaden Rashada to Florida that occurred late on Thursday night/Friday morning. Miami dropped from the seventh-ranked 2023 class to ninth without Rashada.

Rashada is the 57th-ranked player, seventh QB and seventh prospect in California in the Class of 2023. Miami has 19 commitments following the de-commit from Rashada. Five-star CB Cormani McClain remains the highest-ranked Miami football commit as the second-ranked prospect in the class of 2023.

Five-star offensive tackle Francis Mauigoa is the highest-ranked Miami commit on offense and the sixth-ranked overall prospect. Four-star edge rusher Jayden Wayne is the other 2023 Miami commit ranked ahead of Rashada. Wayne is the 52nd-ranked player in the 2023 class and the seventh edge rusher.

Williams provides Miami with the insurance they need at QB in the 2023 class. The 247 Sports composite rankings have Williams as the 626th prospect, 31st QB and 106th player in Florida in the Class of 2023. Williams competed with Rashada at the Elite 11 which invites the best QBs in each class.

There is uncertainty about which QBs will return to Miami in 2023. After being projected as a potential 2023 first-round pick, Redshirt sophomore Tyler Van Dyke was inconsistent early in the season and is now dealing with a shoulder injury. Redshirt Freshman Jake Garcia has lost snaps to true freshman Jacurri Brown.

Miami could seek to add another 2023 QB or look to the transfer portal to add experience to the 2023 roster. A lot will depend on the decisions of Garcia and Van Dyke. Some speculation has been that Garcia and/or Van Dyke could transfer. Van Dyke still has the option of entering the 2023 NFL Draft.

The de-commitment by Rashada is the third in the 2023 Miami class and the first since three-star wide receiver Lamar Seymore in June. Seymore is the brother of Miami offensive lineman Laurence. The early national signing period for the 2023 class is December 21-23. Mario Cristobal closed strongly late in the 2022 class.

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Miami could potentially close strong in the 2023 class. After Cristobal was hired early in December 2022, Miami finished with the 12th-ranked 2022 class after being about 50 to 60 spots lower when he was hired. Brown was already committed to Miami as the sole 2022 QB in the Hurricanes class when Cristobal was hired.