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Morning links: BYU player recognized for prep career as QB; Rodney Hood a projected top-12 shooting guard

Zack Poff of Max Preps released a video ranking the top 10 high school quarterbacks in the nation over the last decade, and former Jordan High and current BYU player Austin Kafentzis made the list.

He came in at No. 9 in the rankings, just ahead of Johnny Manziel, after taking home two Utah Gatorade Football Player of the Year awards and setting the Utah state records in career rushing and passing yards, according to the video.

Other signal callers to make the list were Deshaun Watson, Matt Barkley and Jake Browning.

Kafentzis isn't the only high school player from Utah to garner recognition from Max Preps in recent weeks.

East offensive linemen Junior Angilau and Sam Taimani, along with Viewmont punter Preston Pitt, were named Second-Team Preseason All-Americans.

Speaking of preseason All-American punters, Sports Illustrated released its 2017 Preseason All-American team for college football, and Utah's Mitch Wishnowsky was the First-Team punter.

Of Wishnowsky, they wrote, "A 2016 SI All-America selection, Wishnowsky averaged 47.7 yards per punt as a sophomore (second in the nation among full-time starters) and led the country in punts inside the 10-yard line."

Wishnowsky also was the First-Team punter on CBS Sports' Preseason All-American team.

Rodney Hood a projected top-12 shooting guard

Mika Honkasalo projected the top 30 shooting guards in the NBA heading into the 2017-18 season, and Rodney Hood of the Utah Jazz came in at No. 11 on the list.

"Hood suffered from a tough injury-plagued 2016-17 campaign that put a slight downturn on his progression, but if he can stay healthy, Hood is one of the top young two-way wings in the league," wrote Honkasalo.

After looking at Hood's production dip a season ago, Honkasalo continued, "Heading into next year, without Gordon Hayward on the roster, Hood needs to take a step forward for the Jazz to stay competitive in the crazy Western Conference playoff race."

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And finally ...The chance to throw out a first pitch at a Major League Baseball game is a big deal. It's an even bigger deal if that pitch is nowhere close to home plate.

Hopefully the photographer gets some hazard pay for his troubles.