Tennessee football: Evaluating 2021 QB commits at dead period

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Kaiton Salter:

  • Ratings: Four-star (247Sports); Three-star (Rivals, ESPN)
  • Size: 6’1″ 185 pounds
  • High School: Cedar Hill
  • Hometown: Cedar Hill, Texas

Back on May 10, Kaidon Salter became the first commitment in Tennessee football’s top five recruiting class for 2021 at quarterback. Salter is now competing in the Elite 11 Finals, so there are plenty of chances for his ratings to rise, even potentially shoot through the roof, before all of this comes to an end.

Although he is only a four-star on one of the major recruiting services we mentioned, Salter is a four-star 247Sports Composite ratings too. As a result, it’s safe to say he was a great pickup for Jeremy Pruitt and Jim Chaney, and if things go as planned, he should have a fair chance to compete for the starting job heading into 2021.

In recent years, Chaney has had more of a focus on pro-style quarterbacks, but as long as guys can throw from the pocket, he has shown an ability to use players’ mobility to their advantage. That’s what he did with Nathan Peterman when he was with the Pittsburgh Panthers. As a result, he would definitely give Salter a fair look.

On the recruiting front, UT needs to make sure it holds on to Salter. If he stays in the class, he’ll be the one scholarship guy who is truly a dual-threat in competition for the starting job next year, even if Brian Maurer has elements of it and Jimmy Holiday could play quarterback at the position.

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