Tennessee football gains commitment from 4-star QB Kaidon Salter
Tennessee's 2021 recruiting class has its quarterback.
Four-star dual-threat quarterback Kaidon Salter of Cedar Hill High School in Texas announced his pledge to the Vols on Sunday via a video on his Twitter.
Salter is the 21st commitment in Tennessee's class. He joins four-star linebacker Aaron Willis, who also committed on Sunday.
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Salter picked the Vols over Auburn and Baylor.
He's rated as the nation's 10th-best dual-threat quarterback in the 247Sports Composite, and he ranks No. 43 among all Texas prospects.
Tennessee has not signed a player from a Texas high school during the Jeremy Pruitt era. Cornerback back Kenneth George Jr., who signed in Pruitt's debut 2018 class, came from a Texas junior college.
Quarterback Will McBride was the last player Tennessee signed from a Texas high school. A member of the 2017 class, McBride played two seasons at UT before transferring.
Salter was named the District 7-6A MVP last season. He led a prolific Cedar Hill offense by passing for 2,550 yards and 28 touchdowns and adding 616 rushing yards with 10 touchdowns, according to the Dallas Morning News.
Salter is a pass-first quarterback who challenges defenses with his downfield throwing ability, but he also moves well in the pocket and is an effective scrambler.
Salter competes in track at Cedar Hill in jumps, hurdles and relays.
Tennessee was the last school Salter visited before the NCAA halted recruiting visits due to the coronavirus pandemic. He attended the Vols' second spring practice on March 12, UT's final practice before the pandemic canceled the remainder of the spring sports calendar.
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