It’s safe to say Kaidon Salter had a successful week in Nashville. The four-star quarterback prospect out of Cedar Hill, Texas was officially named to the Elite 11 following the Elite 11 Finals this week, emerging in the top cut from a group of 20.
He was joined by several elite names in the class. Five-star Tyler Buchner (Notre Dame), five-star Brock Vandagriff (Georgia), five-star J.J. McCarthy (Michigan), five-star Kyle McCord (Ohio State), four-star Garrett Nussmeier (LSU), four-star Ty Thompson (Oregon), four-star Drake Maye (North Carolina), four-star Miller Moss (USC), Kyron Drones (Baylor) and Tyler Macon (Missouri).
Five-star quarterback Caleb Williams, an Oklahoma lean, was named the Elite 11 MVP.
It’s the third season in a row that Tennessee has been represented in the Elite 11. Brian Maurer made the cut in 2018 and Harrison Bailey made the group in 2019. Salter keeps the streak alive this season.
Salter is a top 75 prospect, per 247Sports. The four-star dual-threat quarterback was praised earlier in the week by Trent Dilfer, who coaches the event.
“He was really, really clean and there is some juice in that body,” Dilfer said of Salter. “It wouldn’t surprise me if he can take one step and 360 dunk. He has that kind of juice in his body.”
Salter threw for over 2,500 yards as a junior in Texas, tossing 28 touchdowns against just six interceptions. He added 616 yards rushing, along with ten more scores on the ground. He’s set to join the Volunteers next season, adding intrigue to a quarterback room that will see Jarrett Guarantano exit after this season.