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GREAT SALT TAKES: Abundance of Utah prep alums in NFL Draft

Each week, our friends and local sports experts weigh in on a different topic. This week the question is what does it mean that so many former Utah high school football players were selected in the 2021 NFL Draft?

AUSTIN FACER

This Is The Place Sports co-founder

“It’s great. I think this might be a rare year to have so many, but it wouldn’t surprise me to see Utah sending a steady supply of high school players through the college ranks and into the NFL going forward. Utah has a growing young population, so numbers and metrically speaking, it makes sense.”

DIRK FACER

This Is The Place Sports co-founder

“So much for being a basketball state. Utah is becoming a solid football recruiting ground. Time to secure the borders and keep a lot of them home for college ball.”

From a recent podcast:

AUSTIN HORTON

1280 The Zone

“I think things have changed and are continuing to change in a hastened manner. I think that there’s a lot of really good talent coming up in the state and it’s only going to get better.”

MIKE SORENSEN
former Deseret News sports writer

“I’ve got to see if it’s going to be a trend or not. I could be a one-year thing . . . To have two in the top (seven) is amazing.”

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