In today’s day and age of recruiting, schools need to try and add at least one quarterback per recruiting cycle. With the prevalence of transfers, especially at the quarterback position, it behooves programs to try and bring in at least one quarterback every class if possible.
The Vols signed two projected quarterbacks in their 2020 class. Five-star Harrison Bailey and three-star athlete/quarterback Jimmy Holiday will take the field next week at the start of spring practices as early enrollees with Tennessee’s football program. But Tennessee is still looking to add a quarterback in the 2021 class if they can, and one of their newest targets at the position is set to visit the Vols in about a week.
Kaidon Salter, a four-star dual-threat quarterback who plays for Cedar Hill High School in Cedar Hill, Texas, tweeted out on Wednesday that he will be taking an unofficial visit to Tennessee on March 12th. Salter plans to attend one of the Vols’ spring practices while on his visit.
Will be taking an unofficial visit to The University of Tennessee – March 12th pic.twitter.com/Lf5TfFEVte
— ksalt (@KaidonSalter_7) March 5, 2020
According to the 247Sports Composite rankings, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound quarterback is the No. 244 overall prospect and No. 10 dual-threat QB in the 2021 class. The regular 247Sports rankings view him as an elite quarterback, ranking him No. 89 overall and as the fourth-best dual-threat quarterback in the 2021 cycle.
Tennessee extended an offer to Salter back on January 21st of this year. He’s since added offers from Georgia Tech, Ole Miss, Utah, Arkansas, South Carolina, UCLA, Auburn, and Michigan State among others since then. The Vols were one of the first Power Five programs outside of the state of Texas to offer Salter.
The elite quarterback just took unofficial visits to see Ole Miss and Arkansas this past weekend, and he’s also scheduled unofficial visits to Florida State (March 9th) and UCLA (March 10th). Salter also plans on visiting Auburn, Georgia Tech, and South Carolina.
Salter has a great deal of skill as both a passer and a runner. He can launch the ball down the field with accuracy, and he has good zip on his passes. Salter moves really well in the pocket and has good awareness. As a runner, he’s smooth and glides down the field as he picks up yards. He has decent burst and is shifty enough to escape defenders.
As a junior last season, Salter was named the District 7-6A MVP as he led Cedar Hill to the second round of the 6A D-II playoffs. Salter completed 60.8 percent of his 245 pass attempts for 2,550 yards, 28 touchdowns, and just six interceptions as a junior while also running for 616 yards and 10 scores on 100 carries.
Tennessee does not currently have a quarterback committed to them in their 2021 class, but the Vols are targeting several in the cycle. Four-star Miller Moss, four-star Christian Veilleux, and four-star Alabama commit Drake Maye are some of the Vols’ top quarterback targets in the 2021 cycle.