The UCLA Bruins are one of the top 11 schools for the No. 1-ranked dual-threat quarterback in the state of Texas for the 2021 recruiting cycle. Or so that’s what Kaidon Salter had to say on Twitter this weekend.
Salter released his top 11 schools with the Bruins making the cut along with Auburn, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Baylor, Louisville, Utah, Michigan State, Kansas, Ole Miss and Arkansas.
He’s currently ranked as the nation’s fourth-best dual-threat quarterback, the 89th-best prospect overall and the 12th-best prospect in the state of Texas. He’s a 6’1, 185-pound elusive runner and strong thrower.
Though the 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions don’t have UCLA making the final two, it’s important to note that Salter had visited several schools and had more on his schedule but had to cancel unofficial visits due to coronavirus shutdown.
He has at least 25 total scholarship offers and a laser-timed 40-yard dash speed of 4.85 at The Opening. Salter is compared to Jordan Love by 247Sports.
Lean, athletic build with adequate height. Will need to fill out upper body but athletic lower-body build. Natural playmaker with instincts and feel. Good downfield arm strength with above average short-to-intermediate velocity. Great improvisational skills. Dangerous in the scramble drill. Very mobile and throws well on the move. Pass-first QB but definitely athletic enough to hurt defenses with his legs. Encouraging athletic profile. Track and field athlete who competes in 300 hurdles, high jump, long jump, and triple jump. Will need to continue adding bulk to strengthen overall build. That will also maximize arm strength, particularly vertically. Can tighten delivery and get a bit quicker with release. One of the top QB’s in Texas for his class. High-major prospect with long-term NFL Draft potential.
This would be a big get for head coach Chip Kelly and Co. Especially considering the need with Austin Burton transferring and Dorian Thompson-Robinson with just two years of eligibility left.
Thanks to our friends at Hudl, we can take a look at the UCLA target:
It’s likely Salter will wait to make his final decision until he can take official visits but at this rate, top 11 for a top-notch dual-threat is a good sign for UCLA.
Do you think Chip can pull this one off?