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From some of Jaden Rashada’s first football moments, things were noticeably different.
Rashada, a sophomore quarterback now at Pittsburg after spending his freshman season and a brief stint at IMG Academy this offseason, saw his size. So did everyone. And they all his talent.
It was only a matter of time before he made the most of it.
“I figured that I was blessed and God blessed me with my ability, my size,” Rashada said. “About when I was in like the fifth grade, so that was when I started taking my game to a whole other level and loving it and respecting the grind.”
During a short high school career thus far, Rashada has seized those opportunities every step of the way – particularly since his freshman campaign came to a close nearby at Liberty in Brentwood.
Behind Jay Butterfield, who was tabbed as the No. 5 pro-style quarterback in the 2020 recruiting class by 247Sports and won a state title in 2018 before enrolling at Oregon, the 6’4″ Rashada was just about as heralded of a backup as they come. He completed 12 of 22 passes for 129 yards, three touchdowns and just one pick in Liberty’s run to a 10-2 record and a trip to the North Coast Section Division I semifinals before falling to Pittsburg – where Rashada, coincidentally, now attends.
But, before he even stepped foot on a high school campus, Rashada was already on college radars. San Jose State offered in June of 2019, just a couple of months ahead of his first varsity season.
Since then, schools from across the country have offered the dual-threat sensation – Arizona State, Auburn, Cal, Oregon State, San Diego State and Utah.
“It surprised me a lot actually,” Rashada said. “It just came. God works out in crazy ways, and it came at the perfect time. It came at the perfect time when I was in eighth grade, and when that happened it pushed me to a whole other level because it proved that I had a lot to prove.”
And what Rashada knows is that while he’s garnering national notoriety wherever he goes, there are other athletes who are gunning to be in his position.
Just recently 247Sports rated Rashada as one of the top 100 prospects nationally in the 2023 class, giving him a No. 1 ranking among dual-threat quarterbacks and the No. 55 spot overall among all sophomores. In addition to Rashada, Pittsburg athlete Rashid Williams came in as the No. 77 player in the class.
“It’s just a blessing, but I know I’ve got people coming for me, so every day I’m trying to work the hardest I can,” Rashada said. “It’s a blessing to be that spot and be in the spot I am. It pushes me to work harder because there’s nowhere to go but down for me.”
At his new school, Rashada is ready to make an impact in every aspect he can.
Whether that’s being a good leader, teammate, member of the region or player, he wants it all for the Pirates. And maybe he and Pittsburg can make some history together.
“My goal for myself is to bring my personality to Pitt and have it be contagious so all those other guys can – we be good teammates, we be good people to our community and be good people to everybody, respect others, academics, to our coaches,” Rashada said. “And my goal is to get BVAL MVP and for as a team I want to go undefeated and break De La’s streak and win state.”
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