Michigan State football makes cut for 4-star QB Kaidon Salter

Brian Lewerke, Michigan State football (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images)
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Kaidon Salter is one of the best quarterbacks in the 2021 class and he released his list of top schools, including Michigan State football.

The start of the Mel Tucker era has been hit with some unfortunate circumstances. The new head coach isn’t allowed to recruit in person and has been watching film and extending offers left and right.

One of his more intriguing early scholarship offers was four-star dual-threat quarterback Kaidon Salter from Cedar Hill, Texas. It didn’t seem like Michigan State would be his first option, and it may not be, but he’s seriously giving the Spartans a look, including them on his list of top 11 schools.

There’s a lot of SEC, ACC, Pac-12 and Big 12 competition for him as Michigan State is the only school from the Big Ten to make the cut. The Spartans are listed along with Auburn, Tennessee, Arkansas and Ole Miss from the SEC, UCLA and Utah from the Pac-12, Baylor and Kansas from the Big 12 and Georgia Tech and Louisville from the ACC.

While it seems like a long-shot for Michigan State at this point because all of his teams are in the south or out west, once campus visits are allowed again, Tucker could get him on an official and win him over.

Right now, the leaders look like Baylor and Arkansas, but there’s still a long way to go, especially if he’s planning on taking his officials this season.

Salter is an incredibly talented dual-threat and 247Sports even compared him to a Jordan Love-type quarterback (hopefully the 2018 version and not 2019). He’s ranked the No. 244 overall prospect and 10th-best dual-threat per the composite, but 247Sports lists him higher as the No. 89 overall prospect and No. 4 dual-threat.

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Michigan State has a lot of ground to make up here, but if Tucker can get him on campus shortly after the in-person recruiting ban is lifted, the Spartans’ chances will be exponentially better.