Not much is going right for Tennessee football these days. But for recruiting at least, the Volunteers got some good news on Wednesday. Their lone QB commit in the 2021 class, Kaidon Salter, received a major boost in the 247Sports rankings. He is now their 46th overall player in the nation and 190th overall in their Composite rankings. In both systems, Salter comes out to a top-10 dual threat quarterback.
When Salter first committed to the Volunteers back on May 10th, he was ranked in their own system as the 88th overall player. The composite rating had him much lower at 245th nationally. The consensus seemed to be that Salter had plenty of athletic talent—but scouts wanted to see a bit more polish as a passer, along with converting that raw athletic talent to quarterback performance.
Evidently, they liked what they saw. Salter is six games into his senior season for Cedar Hill High School in Texas, and has led his team to a 5-1 record in one of the toughest divisions in the country. Salter has already amassed over 1,600 total yards and 20 total touchdowns. His past two games were against DeSoto and Duncanville, who each boast some of the best defensive talent in the country. Salter combined for 528 total yards and eight touchdowns. Suffice to say, Salter is dynamite both through the air and on the ground.
Despite Tennessee’s lackluster results on the field, Salter says he is still locked in to the Volunteers. That’s music to the ears of both the staff and fans everywhere. When you have a talent like Salter coming into the program, you can rapidly improve even if other parts of the team are not up to speed. That’s how important the position is in football.
It would also be reassuring for Tennessee to hold on to another highly rated quarterback in case they see transfers/graduations from the current room. If Jarrett Guarantano leaves after this year, there’s a chance your QB room contains just two scholarship players. Salter provides an immediate depth boost and an even more promising future.