THE PREPS : Valencia's Edwards Says He'll Attend Utah

Mike Edwards of Valencia High School has made an oral commitment to attend the University of Utah.

Edwards' decision was based on assurances from Utah's football coaches that he could participate in football and baseball, said Bob Edwards, his father.

"Mike had been looking at Arizona State, USC and Colorado, also," Bob Edwards said. "But the others shied away from the baseball, and Utah thought it was great."

Edwards, a three-year letterman in both sports who was a defensive back and wide receiver at Valencia, was selected as the Central Conference's co-player of the year last fall after he helped the Tigers win the Central Conference championship.

He also was selected to the all-state team by Cal-Hi Sports and was a Times all-county and All-Orange League selection. He was an All-Central Conference selection as a junior.

A catcher on the baseball team, Edwards hit .479 last season and was selected All-Southern Section 4-A and all-league.

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