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Vols quarterback commit announces plans to be early enrollee

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Vols 2021 quarterback commit Kaidon Salter will enroll at Tennessee in January, he announced on Wednesday afternoon.

“Hey (Cedar Hill High School) , I enjoyed every moment on and off the field as a longhorn, but it’s time to do what’s right for my FAMILY and my FUTURE,” Salter tweeted. “VOL NATION SEE YOU IN JANUARY!”

The Cedar Hill, Texas native committed to Tennessee over Auburn earlier this year on May 10. He’s considered a four-star prospect and a top 100 player by 247Sports. He’s ranked as the third-best dual-threat quarterback in the country, the 76th-best player in the country and the 13th-best player in the state of Texas. He was named to the Elite 11 last month after competing in the Elite 11 Finals in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Salter enjoyed a breakout junior season in 2019, his first at Cedar Hill High School, which he led to a 9-3 record and a Texas Class 6A Division II second-round playoff appearance. Salter threw for 2,550 yards, 28 touchdowns, and six interceptions. He completed 60.8 percent of his passes, while running for 616 yards and 10 touchdowns on 6.2 yards per carry.

He has an encouraging athletic profile that includes impressive track and field participation in the 300-meter hurdles, high jump, long jump, and triple jump.

The opening week of the 2020 season for Class 5A and Class 6A in Texas is delayed by a full month. Salter’s Cedar Hill team won’t play its first game until Oct. 2, when they’re scheduled to play Arlington (Texas) High School at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

The plan for the University Interscholastic League, the state’s governing body for high school athletics, is to hold its Class 5A and Class 6A state championships at some point in January. Salter’s Wednesday announcement alluded to him enrolling early at Tennessee even if he is forced to decide between enrolling early or playing deep into the playoffs. He has been planning on enrolling early for months now.

Tennessee currently has four scholarship quarterbacks in redshirt senior Jarrett Guarantano, redshirt sophomore JT Shrout, sophomore Brian Maurer and true freshman Harrison Bailey. With Guarantano set to graduate following the 2020 season, Salter will be the fourth scholarship quarterback on the roster and will likely be stepping into a quarterback battle heading into the 2021 season.

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