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Arizona State football signs top QB on first Signing Day under Kenny Dillingham

Arizona Republic 2/1/2023 Michelle Gardner, Arizona Republic
QB Jaden Rashada attempts a pass downfield during the Under Armour Next All-American game at Camping World Stadium in Orlando. © Under Armour Next All-American game QB Jaden Rashada attempts a pass downfield during the Under Armour Next All-American game at Camping World Stadium in Orlando.

There will be quite the quarterback competition at Arizona State this season. The Sun Devils already had five in the mix for the job but have added another as new head coach Kenny Dillingham landed perhaps the most impressive one in his still short tenure.

National Signing Day brought another in the form of Jaden Rashada, who signed with the Sun Devils. The 6-foot-4, 175-pounder had signed with the University of Florida during the December early signing period but he was released from that letter-of-intent obligation after a NIL deal worth a reported $13 million fell through.

Rashada, out of Pittsburg High School in Northern California, is a coveted four-star prospect who had 32 offers with a lot of high-profile schools seeking his services. Among those were Miami, the school to whom he verbally committed before signing with Florida. Also courting him were TCU, LSU, Oklahoma, Auburn, Penn State, Tennessee and Michigan State. He had offers from 11 Pac-12 schools, the exception being USC.

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He visited ASU and TCU.

In his four-year high school career Rashada completed 402 of 672 passes for 5,816 yards with 70 touchdowns and 24 interceptions. The past season he went 211-for 338 for 3.055 yards and 32 touchdowns in leading his team to a 12-3 record.

ASU appeared to be a destination for Rashada as soon as he was released from his original LOI. He grew up watching ASU because his father Harlen played for the Sun Devils from 1992 to 1994.

Jaden was also recruited by the previous staff headed by Herm Edwards and including then offensive coordinator Zak Hill before he committed to Miami.

Rashada was the third-highest uncommitted player in the country coming into the day. He is pegged by 247Sports as the No. 6 quarterback in the country, the No. 4 player out of talent-laden California and the No. 44 overall player nationally. He was named an Under Armour All-American.

The Sun Devils have three quarterbacks returning: Trenton Bourguet, who started the last five games, as well as red-shirt sophomore Daylin McLemore and Bennett Meredith, just wrapping up his true freshman season. Neither of those last two played in a game last season.

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Dillingham also has two Division 1 transfers at that position in Notre Dame's Drew Pyne and Brigham Young's Jacob Conover. Conover is a local out of Chandler High School who didn't see action for the Cougars.

ASU had another quarterback pledge in Israel Carter out of Corona Centennial (Calif.). He was originally going to sign in December but delayed that, most likely due to the Division 1 additions ASU made. Carter ended up signing with South Florida this morning.

Rashada's commitment was the first news of the day but the first player whose paperwork was delivered came from linebacker K'Vion Thunderbird (6-1, 215), a three-star prospect out of Kenwood Academy in Chicago. The next added was interior offensive lineman Sean Na'a (6-4, 275) out of Sr. John Bosco (Calif.)

ASU was not expecting a huge haul in the February period, which has become less climatic since the NCAA added the December period. The Sun Devils signed 15 players during the December signing period. It also added 25 Division 1 transfers, most of any team in the country.

To put into context what Dillingham has done in a short time, last season ASU inked only 12 new players, seven high school prospects and five community college transfers. Its class was ranked last in the Pac-12 by multiple services.

The class ranks 36th overall according to 247Sports, 48th by On3 and 51st by Rivals.

Dillingham will meet with the media on Thursday morning to discuss the class. His assistant coaches are also being made available.

Related: Rashada ASU commitment reaction: 'Huge recruiting win' | National Signing Day tracker for Arizona HS players

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