As promised, Tennessee is having another hot weekend on the recruiting trail. The Volunteers now have a quarterback in the class, picking up a commitment from four-star passer Kaidon Salter.
Salter is a top 100 prospect in the 2021 class, coming in as 247Sports’ 88th overall player. The 6-1, 185 pound prospect is the 4th ranked dual-threat quarterback in the nation.
Tennessee was able to edge out Baylor, Auburn and Arkansas for his commitment today. Jeremy Pruitt was able to get him on campus for a visit just before recruiting paused due to the coronavirus outbreak. That development turned out to be a pivotal piece of his recruitment.
Salter is out of Cedar Hill, Texas, playing at Cedar Hill High School. As a junior, Salter threw for 2,550 yards and ran for another 616. He threw 28 touchdowns against just six interceptions, while scoring another ten times on the ground.
There’s quite a bit happening a the quarterback position right now in Knoxville. Tennessee is set to lose senior quarterback Jarrett Guarantano after this season. Former five-star recruit Harrison Bailey will enter the mix as a freshman this fall, along with former three-star prospects J.T. Shrout and Brian Maurer, who are now sophomores.
Now the Volunteers have a future piece to work with and develop. Salter ran a verified 4.85 in the 40 yard dash — just good enough to give defensive coordinators something to worry about. Salter will earn his keep as a passer though, flashing some impressive arm strength down the field. He should have plenty of time to learn Jim Chaney’s offensive system, considering what’s currently in front of him.
Tennessee is now up to 21 commitments in their 2021 class, knocking out needs all over the board. Their class remains ranked second in the nation, trailing only Ohio State.