Could The USC Trojans Go After This New Quarterback In The Transfer Portal?

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A new name, Kaidon Salter, has entered the transfer portal at the quarterback position. With it looking more and more likely that Will Howard will transfer to Ohio State, should the USC Trojans throw their hat in the ring?

Should The USC Trojans Offer Kaidon Salter?

The former Liberty QB led the Flames to a 13-1 record and a Fiesta Bowl bid. He threw for 2,876 yards and 32 touchdowns and added 1,089 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground.

Salter was originally committed to Tennessee, but in June of 2021, he entered the transfer portal and took his talents to Liberty. Salter is currently listed as the fifth-ranked transfer portal QB, according to 247 Sports.

Related: USC Trojans Transfer Portal Tracker

Salter would certainly add a ton of talent to the USC Trojans QB room. He brings a different skill set than what Miller Moss has, but his duel-threat ability would thrive in Lincoln Riley’s system. The question becomes is Salter looking for a guaranteed starting role? Or is he looking for a QB competition and one of the best quarterback coaches that College Football has seen?

Miller Moss has two years of eligibility remaining as well, but theoretically, if Moss won the starting job in 2024 and balled out, he could declare for the NFL Draft after the season. That would leave Salter as the only current scholarship QB on the roster (Julian Lewis is a 2026 commit who could reclassify to 2025, but would be a young freshman who would need a year to develop most likely). So Salter could take a year to learn Riley’s system and back up Moss, and then take over as the leader of the Trojans in 2025.

Is that something that he wants to do? Not likely. But USC and Lincoln Riley should make an offer regardless. What do you think?