5. Kaidon Salter
Quarterback; Cedar Hill, Texas
This is somewhat ironic because Kaidon Salter was considered one of the biggest stars in Tennessee football’s 2021 recruiting class. A dual-threat quarterback who was a four-star across the board arriving to join Josh Heupel seemed like a dream for everybody. However, the graduate of Cedar Hill High School in Dallas County never even practiced a snap for UT.
Unlike other players on here, Salter didn’t ask out of his letter of intent. He was dismissed, as an off-the-field incident kept him out of spring ball and then he found himself caught in another summer incident. That eliminated one option in the intriguing quarterback race.
Although his loss was disappointment, it’s not a big deal. Heupel didn’t even recruit Salter, and he has his own dual-threat coming in next year in Tayven Jackson, who is also a four-star across the board. Harrison Bailey and Joe Milton will also be with the team beyond 2021 if both of them stay.
As a result, the true freshman’s departure isn’t a huge loss. Standing at 6’1″ and somewhere in the range of 180 to 190 pounds, Salter has since joined the Liberty Flames. Everybody should wish him the best and hope he learns from his mistakes, but UT will be fine without him. Quarterback is one area that is not of any real concern when it comes to the future on Rocky Top.